Pixel 4a Might Make It To India, And Here Is What It May Offer

Aadhya Khatri - Nov 07, 2019


Pixel 4a Might Make It To India, And Here Is What It May Offer

Without the Soli chip, Google's Pixel 4a has a higher chance of being released in India, here are what we know about it so far

Last month, Google released its Pixel 4 and 4 XL with lots of changes and new functions. Their looks are different from that of Pixel 3 and 3 XL. On the rear, there is a dual-camera setup and on the other side, Google’s Soli chip powers the company’s facial recognition technology.

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Due to the Soli chip's frequency, Pixel 4 is not released in India

The phone gets positive reviews from users all over the world, but unfortunately, those in India will not have the Pixel 4 lineup released in the country due to an issue with the frequency at which the phone’s radar operates.

So now, if you are a fan of Google’s smartphones, your hopes lie on the Pixel 4a and 4a XL.

We have not had any information on the line of Google’s more budget-friendly phones but to give you some reference, we will provide a bit of a recap on last year’s Pixel 3a and 3a XL. The only major difference between the two lineups is that the Pixel 3a features the Snapdragon 670 chipset, which is slower than that of Pixel 3. The rest of the two devices are basically the same.

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The only major difference between the two lineups is that the Pixel 3a features the Snapdragon 670 chipset, which is slower than that of Pixel 3

Google seems to be serious with the idea of a whole different lineup for those who do not want to stretch their budget for a non-a smartphone. We have reasons to believe that Pixel 4a and 4a XL will make it to the market. Thanks to the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, Q2’s unit sales of Pixel phones grew double year-over-year, according to Sundar Pichai.

The Pixel 4 has more chances to be launched in India as it does not have the sole reason why Pixel 4 cannot be sold in the country, the Soli chip.

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Google might not give the Pixel 4a the Soli chip to keep costs down

What makes many users believe that Google will exclude the radar on the Pixel 4a is that the company needs to keep the cost down. So without the face unlock feature on Pixel 4a, users will rely on the fingerprint sensor for security, which might be a good thing since some recent reports reveal that Google’s version of Face ID can unlock the phones even when users’ eyes are closed.

The camera department is likely to stay the same with features like Live HDR+, dual exposure camera mode, and astrophotography. While the screen attention function might be absent, we may have Live Caption and the Recorder app.

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The camera department is likely to stay the same with features like Live HDR+, dual exposure camera mode, and astrophotography

For now, our best guess is that the RAM of 6GB will be on the Pixel 4a too, along with Android 10 and its focus on users’ privacy. Since the Pixel 3a runs on the Snapdragon 670 chipset, the Pixel 4a might take the Snapdragon 855 processor. These are just rumors or guesses as Google has said nothing about the release of Pixel 4a.

Regarding prices, the Pixel 4a may set you back the same amount Pixel 3a does. Last year, the latter was retailed at Rs 39,999 while the XL version came at the price of Rs 44,999. So if Pixel 4a ever becomes a thing, Google may ask for roughly the same amount.

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Last year, the Pixel 3a was retailed at Rs 39,999 while the XL version came at the price of Rs 44,999

Overall, Indian users’ best bet now is the Pixel 4a, if it ever makes it to the market without the Soli chip. Stay tuned for more updates.

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