Jan 10, 2020

Google Pixel 4a's Case Renders Leaked, Hints at the Return of a Popular Feature

In the next mid-range Pixel series, Google is set to bank on a security perk that wasn't on the Google Pixel 4 lineup.

The Google Pixel 4a's purportedly official case renders have now been leaked in the wild. Courtesy of the noted tech-leaking site, the new details only briefly follow the device's alleged renders, which also emerged days ago. The latest development, while mostly to be expected relative to the phone's key aesthetics, has revealed a familiar feature that harks back on the handset's predecessor's provision on security.

The returning feature we're alluding to is the Google Pixel 4a's rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which easily unlocks the device. This is the same system we've seen on the Google Pixel 3a lineup. But what makes it quite revealing is the fact that Google already dropped this feature during the launch of the Pixel 4 series in favor of the more modern facial unlocking technology.

The switch between the face unlocking tech and the traditional rear-mounted fingerprint sensor only makes sense as the forthcoming Google Pixel 4a series is the company's refresh of its newly-minted mid-range lineup, which made its official debut in 2019. The Pixel 4's advanced face unlocking feature is notorious for being quite pricey, even with Google's standards.

The presence of the fingerprint reader on the Google Pixel 4a's rear panel is also logical at the moment as Google's inclusion of a facial recognition system instead of the more sophisticated in-screen fingerprint sensor was met with such divisiveness among the purists in the Android community.

Apart from the presence of the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, the case renders of the Google Pixel 4a also showed a 3.5mm headphone jack. This is yet another feature that was dropped in the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 series but made a comeback in the Pixel 3a lineup.

Still, the case renders of the Google Pixel 4a offer a shared design with the Pixel 4's distinctive square camera bump, only that the former's take is quite different as it doesn't situate itself right at the very edge. Additionally, the number of sensors inside the camera module is only singular, which again is expected for a Google Pixel mid-range variant.

The Google Pixel 4a is rumored to feature a 5.81-inch display with a cutout for its selfie camera, placed on the screen's upper-left portion. But what about the Google Pixel 4a XL, you're asking?

Speculations are rife that Google may only release a single mid-range entry in 2020. But this development could all change as the search giant is still scheduled to unveil the Pixel 4a at the Google I/O Conference in May, which is just two quarters away.

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Google Pixel 3 Google Pixel 3 Google Pixel 3 XL Google Pixel 3 XL Google Pixel 3a Google Pixel 3a Google Pixel 3a XL Google Pixel 3a XL Google Pixel 4 Google Pixel 4 Google Pixel 4 XL Google Pixel 4 XL
Lowest Price P18,500 P14,000 P20,027.41 P19,264.95 P22,000 P49,999
OS ver Google Assistant on top of Android 9.0 Pie Google Assistant on top of Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie Android 10 Android 10
CPU Speed 2.5 GHz + 1.6GHz 2.5 GHz + 1.6GHz 2x2.0 GHz 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 S 2x2.0 GHz 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver 2.84 GHz + 1.78 GHz 2.84 GHz + 1.78 GHz
Storage 64GB, 128GB 64GB, 128GB 64GB 64GB 64GB, 128GB 64GB, 128GB
RAM 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB 6GB 6GB
Display Size 5.5 inches 6.3 inches 5.6 inches 6.0 inches 5.7 inches 6.3 inches
Resolution FHD+ 2160 x 1080 pixels QHD+ 2960 x 1440 pixels FHD+ (2220 x 1080) OLED at 441 ppi FHD+ (2160 x 1080) OLED at 402 ppi FHD+ 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~444 ppi density)
P-OLED, up to 90Hz refresh rate
QHD+ 1440 x 3040 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~537 ppi density)
P-OLED, up to 90Hz refresh rate
Main Camera 12.2MP dual-pixel 12.2MP dual-pixel 12.2MP 12.2MP 16MP (TOF) + 12.2MP 16MP (TOF) + 12.2MP
Release date Oct 2018 Nov 2018 May 2019 May 2019 Oct 2019 Oct 2019