Google Pixel 4a release date, price, news and leaks

It may have a punch-hole selfie camera in the top left of the screen, which would be a first for a Pixel phone.

Some unofficial renders of the device as well as a leaked case render show a similar design to the fake photos above too, and it’s likely these were where the design was taken from.Elsewhere, we’ve also seen leaked images seemingly showing retail boxes for the phone, which match the design above.

Google Pixel 4a is On It’s Way.

A telephoto lens in a camera is really useful, so you can take better pictures of a subject without dropping the quality dramatically, and we’d love to see it kept in the Pixel 4a. And talking of Pixel 4a design…
5. Bring back the fingerprint scanner

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The Google Pixel 4 has no rear-mounted fingerprint scanner like the Pixel 3, not does it have an in-screen one like many premium smartphones around. pic.twitter.com/rJclXg1YqoApril 9, 2020

We’ve also seen a full specs leak for the Pixel 4a, claiming that it will have a 5.81-inch 1080 x 2340 OLED screen, a mid-range Snapdragon 730 chipset, 6GB of RAM, a 3,080mAh battery, 128GB of storage, a 12.2MP main camera, an 8MP front-facing one (in a punch-hole), a 3.5mm headphone port, and that it will come in Just Black’ and ‘Barely Blue’ shades.

There’s also said to be no Soli chip, which allowed you to navigate the Pixel 4 hands-free (well, in theory). They’re bare on the back except for a pretty sizeable camera bump (no fingerprint sensor, like in previous Pixels), with a glass back but a rubber frame around the edges.
Other phones we expect to see in 2020:

Google Pixel 5
Nokia 10
Huawei Mate 40
Samsung Galaxy Note 20
iPhone 12

It looks like Google will follow a similar strategy in 2020 with the Pixel 4a and 4a XL presenting some of the features from the Pixel 4 and 4 XL in a more affordable body.

Leaks have started flowing in since the beginning of 2020, so it looks like a budget Google Pixel 4a could be coming at some point soon – although perhaps it’ll come alone, without its XL sibling.

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL were popular devices, but didn’t land with quite the fanfare of the Pixel 3 handsets so the upcoming phones could be Google’s opportunity to win back buyers.

Below we’ve put together everything we know so far about the upcoming phones including details on when to expect it and the first images of the upcoming handsets.

Latest story: The Pixel 4a’s specs have leaked in full, painting a picture of a competent mid-ranger. For the Pixel 4a, we’d like Google to drop this feature, and instead have a physical or screen-mounted fingerprint sensor.

It’s likely Google will make this change, as the tech involved in efficient face unlocking adds quite a bit of price to the phone, so if the company wants to slash the price of the new device, it’d make sense to remove face recognition first.
2. Stick with the weird design

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The Google Pixel 4 smartphones are weird looking devices, there’s no getting around that. It’s unique, and the Pixel 4 feels distinct in hand when you’re using it. This is unlikely to be available on the Pixel 4a in order to keep the price as low as possible.

What is powering the Google Pixel 4a? That’s currently a little uncertain as while the leaks above points to a Snapdragon 730, an investigation run by XDA Developers dug up prototypes of the phone that run both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 and the Snapdragon 765.

The Snapdragon 765 prototype may be a 5G-ready version of the phone as that chipset is designed to power 5G hardware.

We don’t currently know much else about the Google Pixel 4a, but we’ll be updating this article more and more in the run up to the launch of the next Google handset.
What we want to see in the Google Pixel 4a

The Google Pixel 4 was an innovative flagship feature, but when it comes to adapting this feature to a budget price tag, there are a few things we’d like it to consider. We also now have a better idea of the price, and retail boxes have leaked, suggesting it’s launching soon.Cut to the chase

What is it? An affordable variant of the Pixel 4 smartphone
When is it out? Likely May 2020
How much will it cost? Around $399 / £399 / AU$649

Google Pixel 4a release date and price

Originally, we had expected to see Google introduce its next affordable devices at Google IO 2020 but that event has now been cancelled due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

That event was expected to be taking place between May 12-14, and the company could now continue with the event but make it an online gathering. This comes from Android code which refers to three different devices, presumably consisting of a main device as well as an XL and 5G phone, although they aren’t named as such.

Those devices have appeared again in subsequent Google code, and this time two of them were alongside the phrase ‘pixel_20_mid_range’, all but confirming that they’re unannounced mid-range Pixel phones, though the source speculates that the third code name might refer to a circuit board rather than a device.

As such, we’d say there might well be a Pixel 4a XL, but either way there’s almost certainly at least going to be a Pixel 4a. If that’s the case, we may still see the Google Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL for the first time there.

Google introduced the Pixel 3a and 3a XL at IO 2019 on May 8 that year so it would make sense for the company to introduce these newer handsets a whole year later than that.

The Pixel 3a cost $399 / £399 / AU$649 at launch, while the Pixel 3a XL cost $479 / £469 / AU$799. We’ve heard conflicting rumors on whether there will be a next-gen internet version of the Pixel 4a, but consistent rumors suggest it may be a reality.

Based on a leaked image posted to the web, we’re looking at 6GB of RAM (as leaked above) and faster UFS 2.1 flash storage when the Pixel 4a finally appears, with 64GB being one of the storage options. Having said that, current price rumors point to $399, which is exactly the same as the Pixel 3a, so prices elsewhere might be as well.
Google Pixel 4a news and leaksWe’re going to start with a rumor that might disappoint some of you: word is that Google might not put out a Pixel 4a XL, only focusing on the smaller device. The Google Pixel 4a is starting to look like the Pixel 4 device you might actually want, and perhaps even one of the best affordable phones of the year.

Google surprised everyone in 2019 by releasing the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, affordable versions of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL that brought some of the hardware and software of the premium devices, but offered them at a more appealing price tag. Drop the 90Hz screen

This is bound to be a pretty controversial suggestion, but if Google is looking for features to cut to keep the Pixel 4a price down, we’d argue the 90Hz screen is an unnecessary luxury that could be lost without making the device worse.

While some people really love 90Hz screens in phones like the Pixel 4, as it makes the viewing experience a little smoother, many more people struggle to notice the difference, especially people who aren’t huge tech fans who don’t know the feature is in place.

That means it’s not a vital feature, and when there are aspects of the Pixel 4 that we would like to see in the 4a, we’d say the 90Hz screens are expendable.
4. We’d be surprised if this wasn’t the case, as the telephoto lens really ties the rear design together. Here’s what we want to see:
1. Yep, you read that right, rubber in a smartphone!

On the front, there’s a notch the likes of which you barely see in modern smartphones, with a sizeable chin at the bottom of the screen. Improved battery life

A recurring problem with Google Pixel smartphones is that their battery lives always leave a lot to be desired, and plummet quicker than competing devices. We’d like to see the Pixel 4a retain the ‘weird’ design, especially the rubber frame, as we found it great for protecting the phone. Instead, it relies on facial recognition unlocking for you to access your phone.

For some, this is a useful feature to help them get into their phone quickly and easily; others find this an unsecured and frustrating experience. All in all, the Pixel 4 devices are far from ‘conventional’ Android phones, for better or worse.

Well, we kind of like the design. When we say faster, it’s an upgrade on the flash storage used in the Pixel 3a. In terms of how much you’ll pay, the Google Pixel 4a price could actually be lower than the Pixel 3a price.

We say that because the Pixel 4 cost less than the Pixel 3 (when directly comparing release prices), and we could see that pattern repeat here. So what will the base Pixel 4a look like? We think it’ll be like the below, which we don’t believe are hands on shots of the phone and are instead doctored image of the original Pixel.We’ve left these images here though as they show what other sources believe the device may look like. Saying that, the Pixel 3a solved that problem with a bigger battery capacity and a weaker processor, which meant it drained battery less.

Since most normal people need smartphone batteries that’ll last them a day, even in a pinch, the more affordable and accessible Pixel 4a needs a battery that’ll last it this long, which means a bigger capacity than the 4 as well as tools in place to keep it going longer, like canny optimizations.
3. Keep the telephoto camera

The Google Pixel 4 smartphones bumped the number of cameras on Google’s devices from one to two, adding a telephoto snapper for optical zoom.

The Pixel 3a devices saw the cameras slightly downgraded from the Pixel 3 line, but that was purely in terms of software post-processing, and the hardware was exactly the same.

Apparently this is so people looking for a bigger phone stick with the Pixel 4 XL, as supposedly the Pixel 3a XL stole sales from the Pixel 3 XL.

While that rumor is seemingly backed up by the relative lack of Pixel 4a XL rumors, we’ve heard there could be three Pixel 4a devices, including a 5G model.

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Apple‌ ‌Watch‌ ‌Series‌ ‌5‌

The Apple Watch is truly a product of iteration—every year, it gets better just enough to stay ahead of the competition. This year, the Apple Watch Series 5 doesn’t come with any aesthetic changes or improvements to battery life, and its starting price of $399 remains unchanged. So what’s different? In addition to a new processor, the Series 5 comes with a Compass app and an International Emergency Calling feature, and watchOS 6 brings new apps like Cycle Tracking for women and a Noise app that measures sound exposure. These are welcome additions, but the most transformative feature this go-round is an always-on display, so you you can see the time, workout stats, and other information at a glance. The rest of the experience remains the same, but these changes are enough to keep Apple at the head of the pack, and earn the Series 5 our Editors’ Choice for smartwatches.

The Apple Watch Series 5 costs anywhere from depending on the model you choose. The GPS-only model with an aluminum case in gray, silver, or gold and starts at $399 for the 40mm size or for 44mm, both of which come with your choice of Apple’s classic rubber Sport Band or fabric Sport Loop Band.

For the GPS and cellular model, pricing ranges from depending on size. There’s also a stainless steel model in black, gold, or silver (only available in GPS and cellular) that ranges from depending on the case size and watch strap. A titanium model starts at while a ceramic watch starts at . And if you want an Hermès edition, it can go all the way to

I tested the 40mm aluminum case (with GPS and cellular) with a white Sport Band. For the GPS and cellular model, it’s important to note that you also need to pay for a data plan with your cell service provider.

In terms of design, the Series 5 looks virtually identical to the Series 4—when placed next to one another, it’s hard to tell the difference. The right side of the case is home to the Digital Crown (which features a red dot on the cellular version), above the microphone and side button. The left side holds the speaker, which gets loud enough to easily hear phone calls and Siri.

The biggest (and long overdue) design upgrade comes in the form of the always-on display. Rather than having to constantly flick your wrist to activate the screen, you can now see everything at a glance. This makes a tremendous difference in terms of user experience. When working at my desk, for instance, I can simply look down at my wrist to check the time. And when working out, all of my stats are readily displayed for me to quickly check without interrupting my exercise.

When your wrist is stagnant or down, the display goes into ambient mode, which shows a barebones version of your watch face. If you have an app open, like Spotify or iMessage, the watch goes into ambient mode by blurring the background and displaying the time instead.

Of course, this raises some concerns about battery life, but Apple uses a low-temperature, polysilicone and oxide display, an ultra-low power display driver, and a new ambient light sensor to help keep the Series 5 keep the same 18-hour battery life as its predecessors. It’s not nearly as strong as the Fitbit Versa 2’s five days of power, but it’s enough to comfortably get you through the day.

Following a three-hour workout in the morning, a few phone calls throughout the day, and lots of music streaming, I still had about 50 percent of juice left by the end of the day. During another day of testing, without working out, the watch was also able to make it through the night (with the always-on display turned off and Do Not Disturb mode turned on when I went to bed), leaving me with 25 percent of power when I woke up the next morning.

Finally, the Series 5 packs Apple’s new S5 chip under the hood. It delivers smooth, snappy performance. Scrolling through menus feels fluid and apps load very quickly.

More Apps and an Updated OS
New to the Series 5 is Apple’s highly touted International Emergency Calling feature. No matter where you are, the watch can make calls to emergency services, even if you’re in another country or if your cellular plan isn’t activated. The watch can also automatically place an emergency call if it senses that you’ve fallen and remain motionless for 60 seconds. It’s important to note that this feature is only available on the cellular model, however.

The Compass app is another new feature exclusive to the Series 5. In conjunction with the updated Maps app, you can use the Compass to navigate your surroundings. It shows information like heading, incline, latitude, longitude, and elevation. There are also three Compass complications that you can add to your watch face so that you don’t have to open the app each time.

WatchOS 6 brings along new apps as well. Unfortunately, sleep tracking remains missing from the list, but the latest additions are still useful. Following in the footsteps of Fitbit and Garmin, a Cycle Tracking app is now available for women to track their menstrual cycles. But unlike Fitbit and Garmin, Apple’s app doesn’t strictly display predictions. It also allows you to directly log your period, along with any symptoms and notes, right from the watch rather than having to use phone. That said, I found the predictions were quite off from the Fitbit app and a third-party period tracking app I use, but hopefully the algorithm will improve as I continue to log my cycles.

Apple has also added a new health and wellness element in the form of a Noise app, which measures the environmental sound levels around you periodically throughout the day. You can choose a decibel threshold, and the Apple Watch will notify you if the average sound level around you exceeds it. I tested the Noise app outside of my New York City apartment building. After opening the app, I watched as it measured 62 decibels, indicating an OK rating, which means the noise won’t affect my hearing.

The Noise app also measures headphone audio levels. It works with any headphones (wireless or wired), but the Health app states you’ll get the most accurate results when using Apple or Beats headphones. In testing, I used AirPods, and found that over the course of seven days, my average audio levels were at 84dB, also an OK rating.

Fitbit‌ ‌Versa‌ ‌2

The Fitbit Versa remains one of the most functional and friendly Android-compatible smartwatches we’ve seen. It’s packed with features, looks and feels attractive, and costs much less than the iOS-only Apple Watch. Fitbit also offers the even less expensive (though still quite appealing) Versa Lite, and now the original is getting its first major update in the form of the Versa 2. It includes everything we love about the original, and adds an AMOLED screen with an always-on option, a microphone with Amazon Alexa, and makes Fitbit Pay a standard feature (and not just limited to the Special Edition model), all while keeping its price. The Versa 2 is easily our new favorite Android-compatible smartwatch, as well as our Editors’ Choice.

The Versa 2 is slightly more rounded than the Versa, with an AMOLED face that curves smoothly into the aluminum case instead of the original’s flat face and angular edges. The underside is similarly curved, giving the watch a slightly thicker but smoother, friendlier profile. The optical heart rate sensor and charging contacts are almost identical to the original Versa’s, though the four charging points are now located near the top rather than the bottom of the back of the watch case.

The right edge of the Versa 2 shows the biggest physical change from its predecessor. The two command buttons are gone, replaced with a pinhole microphone for using Amazon Alexa directly on the watch. Your tastes may vary, but I find this a welcome change; I rarely use the two buttons on the right edge of the original Versa, and when I lean on my hand or bend my wrist back the buttons sometimes trigger an activity mode when I don’t want them to. The single menu button on the left edge and the touch screen are enough direct controls.

You have your choice of colors and wriststraps for the Versa 2. The standard Versa 2 is available in a dark gray body with a black silicone strap, a light gray body with a light gray silicone strap, or a rose copper body with a pink, burgundy, or dark green silicone strap. For more, you can get the Special Edition Versa 2 in a light gray body with a dark gray woven strap, or a copper rose body with a navy blue woven strap (an extra silicone strap is included as well).

Since Fitbit Pay is now standard on the Versa 2 (for the original Versa, it was only included on the Special Edition), the woven strap is the only significant difference between the standard and Special Edition models (though a three-month trial membership of Fitbit Premium is also included with the Special Edition).

The Versa 2 uses the same wristband mount as the Versa, so you have a wide range of accessory straps if the included ones aren’t to your liking. They come in a variety of materials, including silicone, woven fabric, leather, suede, and steel, often with a choice of colors. The least expensive straps are silicone at while the priciest tapered steel band is .

While the original Versa and the Versa Lite have LCDs, the Versa 2 uses a new AMOLED screen. It has the same 300-by-300 resolution, but can display much darker blacks and more vivid colors. Comparing the same watch face on the Versa and Versa 2, the AMOLED screen on the Versa 2 definitely has bluer blues and redder reds, and the black background blends with the edge of the screen much better. It isn’t quite as bright as the original Versa’s LCD, though it’s still bright enough to read both outside and indoors.

The AMOLED screen enables a new feature on the Versa 2: the always-on display. Instead of turning the screen off completely when you aren’t looking directly at it, the Versa 2 displays a simple, monochrome watch face that shows basic information. You can make the full watch face appear with a tap, gesture, or pressing the button on the side of the case. The always-on display isn’t customizable like the full watch face, but it’s quite handy if you want to check the time and don’t need any more granular information.

Of course, you can choose from hundreds of different watch faces available through the Fitbit app, both made by Fitbit and created by third-party fans. It’s still an awkward library to browse, with few clear categories and no apparent way to sort results by name or popularity. There are some attractive and useful watch faces here, but you’ll do a lot of scrolling to find them, and there is no way to identify multiple ones as favorites you might want to switch between; every time you change the watch face, you need to go into the All Clocks section, find the one you want, and download it to your watch.

The microphone on the Versa 2 lets you use Amazon Alexa with the watch, a completely new feature and the most significant change over the original model. Once you link your Versa 2 to your Amazon account with the Fitbit app, you can access Alexa by pressing and holding the button on the watch. The Alexa logo will appear on the screen, along with a set of moving bars to indicate it’s listening. When you see the bars, you can talk to your watch. Pressing the button is necessary; you can’t activate Alexa by using a wake word like you can with a smart speaker or smart display.

Alexa on the Versa 2 offers most of the same features as Alexa on a smart speaker. As long as it’s connected to your phone or the same Wi-Fi network as the Versa 2, it can answer questions and follow voice commands. You can get the weather, unit conversions, and general information; set timers and reminders; and control your smart home devices through it. It worked just as well as an Amazon Fire TV Cube in controlling the smart lights in my apartment, and it provided useful weather forecasts when I asked.

While the Versa 2 has a microphone, it doesn’t have a speaker, so Alexa on the watch is a voice assistant with no voice of its own. All responses appear as text or graphics on the watch screen.

The Versa 2 also supports a variety of on-watch apps, of which you can install multiple at once. By default Deezer, Pandora, Spotify, and Strava are all preinstalled, along with the Starbucks Card (which simply loads a barcode of your Starbucks card on the screen). You can install other apps including a calculator, a currency converter, and a handful of other useful little tools, various news feeds, many workout assistants, and even some games. These apps can all be accessed by swiping left on the watch face.

Fitbit Pay and Battery Life
Besides using certain store cards with the watch, you can also pay for groceries with it. The Versa 2 features Fitbit Pay, an NFC payment system similar to Apple Pay and Google Pay, and compatible with most systems that accept them as payment. To set it up, you need to link a credit card to Fitbit Pay on the Fitbit app. Once at least one credit card is registered, you can pay with it by swiping down twice from the top of the screen and tapping the wallet icon. You can also set up the button to bring up your Fitbit Pay cards instead of Alexa with a long press, which is convenient if you use Fitbit Pay more often than Alexa.

I’ve been using the Versa Special Edition for some time as my personal smartwatch, and I’ve found it incredibly useful when I go to the gym and don’t want to bring my wallet. It works just as well on the Versa 2. Seeing it as a standard feature on the current model is a welcome change.

According to Fitbit, the Versa 2 can last up to five days on a charge. This is generous for a smartwatch, but it depends on what features you use, how bright you keep the screen, whether you use the always-on display, and other factors. Regardless, you can confidently expect two to three days of use before you need to put it back in the charger, which is more than you can say for the Apple Watch.