At its annual I/O developer conference last year, Google entered the mid-range smartphone segment by announcing the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. Both the devices arrived as stripped-down variants of the premium Pixel 3. To recall, Google unveiled its fourth-generation Pixel smartphones in October last year. Now the search engine giant is expected to announce the follow up to the Pixel 3a series as the Pixel 4a. As per XDA Developers, Google could reportedly be working on as many as three mid-range Pixel devices. The report comes from Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repositories.
Google is known for codenaming its devices with aquatic animals and marine life forms. The upcoming Pixel 4a smartphones are codenamed as sunfish, redfin and bramble. Additionally, the code also revealed expected chipsets on the mid-range devices. The ‘Sunfish’ device is expected to arrive as the regular Pixel 4a with a Snapdragon 730 SoC. It doesn’t support 5G connectivity and only connects to 4G networks. Next is ‘Redfin’ based on the Snapdragon 765 processor along with an integrated 5G modem. This suggests that the device will come with 5G connectivity. Lastly, the third device codenamed ‘Bramble’ is also said to feature Snapdragon 765 with 5G connectivity. The report claims that the bramble device could be something other than Pixel 4a, since it shares the same processor as the ‘redfin’. So it’s clear that there will be at least one 5G variant of the Pixel 4a smartphone.
Pixel 4a renders
Last month, 91mobiles had shared CAD-based renders of the Pixel 4a. The smartphone is seen featuring a punch-hole display at the top left corner. It is expected to offer a 5.7 or 5.8-inch display with slim bezels and a thicker chin. The renders reveal a square-shaped rear camera module along with a conventional fingerprint scanner. Google is expected to ditch the Project Soli Motion sensor on the Pixel 4a. The Pixel 4a is expected to be powered by Snapdragon 730 or 765 processor depending on the variant.