Alongside the launch of the Pixel 4a today, Google has made a mention that it’ll be launching the Pixel 4a (5G) later this year at a price point of $499.

We don’t have any further details on this variant of the Pixel 4a, however if the only feature upgrade on the phone is a 5G compatible SoC and cellular connectivity, it would mean quite a steep price increase.

To achieve 5G connectivity, Google has two options in the mid-range: The Snapdragon 690 and the Snapdragon 765. Both would be good upgrades over the Snapdragon 730G in the 4G Pixel 4a, however only the latter would have a modem which would be capable of mmWave connectivity. It would make sense for Google to go with the Snapdragon 690 in a mid-range device, however the steep price increase of the regular Pixel 4a could point out to a S765 with mmWave connectivity.

Google also confirms that the Pixel 5 is coming, and it will too have 5G connectivity. We don’t know much about the Pixel 5 or how Google will be positioning the phone – either as a premium tier model with a Snapdragon 765 at a more competitive price, or again as a full flagship device with the Snapdragon 865.

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  • SydneyBlue120d - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    Maybe the Pixel 5 will use the rumored Samsung SOC?
  • Flunk - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    That's $100 more than the 1+ Nord, which has 5G and otherwise similar specs. Google's handset prices are really holding them back.
  • mmrezaie - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    If OnePlus didn't have all those useless camera modules and only had a decent one I would have gone for it but alas I will wait for pixel to be released.
  • shabby - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    It does have a decent one, the main camera is from the op8. The ultrawide is acceptable and the rest are pretty useless.
  • DigitalFreak - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    I'm done with Google phones. Both my wife's and my Nexus 6P had failing batteries after just 2 years, along with bad charging boards. My Pixel 3XL had the swollen battery issue. All of these are known issues.
  • Peskarik - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

  • blurtested - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    2 years? my pixel battery life started plunging after 6 months
  • voicequal - Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - link

    The non-user-replaceable battery is the most frustrating aspect about current phone designs. Planned obsolescence of course.

    Best things you can do to extend the life of the battery:
    1. NEVER reconnect the device to a charger when the battery is full. Let it drain at least 10%.
    2. Avoid draining battery below 20%, except every few months to calibrate.
    3. Charge at most once per day, if possible.
  • euler007 - Monday, August 10, 2020 - link

    Might as well be done with Huawei phones, because that's who built the Nexus 6P.
  • ikjadoon - Monday, August 10, 2020 - link

    This is another Apple advantage.

    For an iPhone 6S Plus (released in 2015), you can pay Apple $49 for:

    - a brand-new, factory OEM battery
    - full labor (disassembly, replacement, assembly)
    - battery recycling of your old battery
    - a one-year warranty on the battery

    No Android phone from 2015 can offer that. Not a single one. The sheer amount of global e-waste prevented by relatively affordable battery replacement is an untold story.


    I can't imagine paying $500+ for a mobile phone whose manufacturer won't replace the internal, sealed battery after a short two years.

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