This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
At an online event on September 30, Google announced the latest models of its smartphones, the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G.
The Pixel 4a 5G is a 5G communication-enabled model of the Pixel 4a, which is on sale. However, the contents, camera configuration, and body size are very different from the Pixel 4a and are rather close to the flagship Pixel 5.
The price is $499 in the US and 60,500 yen in Japan. It will first go on sale in Japan on October 15, and then in eight countries, including the U.S., in November.
Key specifications of the Pixel 4a 5G include a 6.2-inch 2340 x 1080 FHD+ OLED display (with HDR support, the contrast ratio of over 1 million:1, and always-on display support), Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, 3885mAh battery.
While the Pixel 4a had a 5.8-inch screen, the 4a 5G has been enlarged to 6.2 inches with the resolution intact. This year's Pixel 5 has only one 6-inch model and no XL, which means that the Pixel 4a 5G is the largest screen in the lineup, albeit only by 7mm diagonally.
The Snapdragon 765G processor is the same as the higher-end Pixel 5, with the difference being the amount of RAM (8GB for the Pixel 5 and 6GB for the 4a 5G).
The rear cameras are dual configurations: the main camera with 12.2 MP, f/1.7, dual pixel AF, 1.4μm pixel size, 77-degree FoV, and a 16 MP ultrawide angle. It shares the same with the higher-end Pixel 5, including the sensor and lens.
The Pixel 4a had a single camera on the back, so again, the specs are closer to the 5G than a variation of the Pixel 4a.
Other features include a rear fingerprint sensor and a 3.5mm earphone jack that is not found on the Pixel 5.
Differences from Pixel 5 include the body being made of polycarbonate plastic, not being waterproof, and not supporting wireless reverse charging (power supply).
Even the higher-end Pixel 5 is a mainstream-oriented "upper mid-range" model that doesn't compete with other companies' high-end models, Google is taking it even further with the Pixel 4a 5G, positioning it as a more than enough model for all.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.