Google’s midtier Pixel 4A phone, which it introduced back in August, will now come in a limited-edition color called “Barely Blue.” Initially sold only in black, the blue variant will be available beginning Monday in the US for the same $349 price. Once it sells out, it will be not be restocked. Besides the US, the color will be available in Japan later this year.
The Pixel 4A features a single 12.2-megapixel camera on the back, the same one that last year’s Pixel 4 had. In my original review of the phone, I noted how it takes superb low-light and portrait photos and records steady video. Because of its excellent camera, long-lasting battery and low price, the Pixel 4A is one of CNET’s favorite Android phones
Other Pixel 4A features include a headphone jack, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, and Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 730G chipset. Compared to the $699 Pixel 5 flagship, however, the Pixel 4A does lack a few other goodies besides 5G. It isn’t water resistant, for instance, it does not have a 90Hz display or wireless charging and it cannot directly charge other accessories wirelessly.
Pixel 5 vs. Pixel 4A 5G, 4A and 4
|Google Pixel 5||Google Pixel 4A 5G||Google Pixel 4A||Google Pixel 4|
|Display size, resolution||6-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels||6.2-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels||5.81-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels||5.7-inch OLED; 2,280×1,080 pixels|
|Pixel density||432 ppi||413 ppi||443 ppi||444 ppi|
|Dimensions (Inches)||5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 in||6.1 x 2.9 x 0.3 in||5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 in||2.7 x 5.7 x 0.3 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||144.7 x 70.4 x 8.0 mm||153.9 x 74 x 8.2 mm (Sub-6 only) 153.9 x 74 x 8.5 mm (mmWave + Sub-6)||144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm||68.8 x 147.1 x 8.2 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||5.33 oz; 151g||5.93 oz; 168g (Sub-6 only) 6.03 oz; 171g (mmWave + Sub-6)||5.04 oz; 143g||5.7 oz; 162g|
|Mobile software||Android 11||Android 11||Android 10||Android 10|
|Camera||12.2-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (ultrawide)||12.2-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (ultrawide)||12.2-megapixel||12.2-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (telephoto)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Battery||4,000 mAh||3,800 mAh||3,140 mAh||2,800 mAh|
|Special features||5G enabled; water resistant (IP68); 90Hz refresh rate display; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); reverse wireless charging; fast charging||5G enabled; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); fast charging||Dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); fast charging||Soli motion sensing and touchless gestures; 90Hz display; water resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$699||$499||$349||$799 (64GB), $899 (128GB)|
|Price (GBP)||£599||£499||£349||£669 (64GB), £769 (128GB)|
|Price (AUD)||AU$999||AU$799||AU$599||AU$1,049 (64GB), AU$1,199 (128GB)|
Prices listed are at launch.