The battle for cheap smartphone supremacy is heating up and it looks like Google will be coming out swinging with its upcoming budget smartphone, the Google Pixel 4a. According to a recent leak (opens in new tab) by Stephen Hall of 9to5google (opens in new tab), the Google Pixel 4a will cost $350 when it launches later this year. That’s one aggressively priced smartphone, especially if the other leaks and rumors about its specs are true. But how will it stack up against its main competitor, the iPhone SE (opens in new tab), in our best smartphones (opens in new tab) rankings.
The other nugget of information that Hall dropped on Twitter is that the standard model of Google Pixel 4a will come with 128GB of storage - twice the amount found in the base model of the iPhone SE which has just 64GB. It's also quite the looker if the above renders from Pigtou and xleaks (opens in new tab) based on leaked CAD drawings are accurate.
heard Pixel 4a is going be $349 https://t.co/zaezMcTCDGMay 14, 2020
Other rumors have pointed towards the Google Pixel 4a having a 5.8-inch OLED screen, which is significantly better offering than the 4.7-inch Retina display that the iPhone SE offers. This makes sense, given that the current budget model, the Google Pixel 3a (opens in new tab) also has an OLED screen (and is one of the cheapest phones to feature the technology).
Alongside the shiny OLED screen, the Google Pixel 4a will also reportedly be packing a 3,080 mAh battery, almost double the size of the iPhone SE’s 1821 mAh battery. For reference, the Google Pixel 3a has a 3000 mAh battery and Tom’s Guide (opens in new tab) found that it could operate for 12 hours of continuous use before it needed recharging. It also features fast charge, so we can safely assume that the Google Pixel 4a will too.
According to reportedly leaked internal documents from Vodafone (opens in new tab), the Google Pixel 4a was originally intended to launch on 22nd May, but given that we’re only a week away from that date, it seems unlikely as Google usually announces new devices at least a week before the launch. Given the current coronavirus pandemic and the effect it has had on the tech and retail industries, a small delay isn’t surprising. We’re thinking that June will be the likely reveal and release of the Google Pixel 4a.
In the meantime, if you’re desperate for a new budget smartphone then you should check out our iPhone SE review (opens in new tab). Apple’s new budget smartphone is an absolute monster running on the same A13 chipset that powers the flagship iPhone 11 line.