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Google Pixel 4a price just leaked — and it’s shockingly cheap [Update]

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The Google Pixel 4a may be even cheaper than expected, and could soon dethrone the iPhone SE for the title of best cheap phone.

Last week, Stephen Hall of 9to5Google announced the phone's potential $349 price tag on Twitter and on the Alphabet Scoop podcast. If true, that price would position the Pixel 4a as the budget smartphone to beat. 

Hall isn't the only one pointing to a lower-than-expected price for the Pixel 4a. Google may have just tipped its in hand in a survey that asks respondents who interested they'd be in a $349 phone with features that sound an awful lot like those coming to the Pixel 4a. (That same Google price survey also hints at a lower price for the Pixel 5, which could cost $699.)

Not only does Hall's original pricing rumor claim there's a $50 gap between the iPhone SE and the Pixel 4a, but it also says that the basic Pixel model will have 128GB storage. That's twice as much as the iPhone SE's basic 64GB model.

Based on previous leaks, the Pixel 4a will have other advantages over the iPhone SE. It will feature a 5.8-inch OLED display, which will dwarf the 4.7-inch Retina display on Apple's phone. Plus, you won't have to deal with large bezels on the Pixel 4a.

The Pixel 4a will also reportedly feature a 3,080 mAh battery, which is a lot larger than the 1,821 mAh battery in the iPhone SE. The previous Pixel 3a's 3,000 mAh battery lasted nearly 12 hours on our web surfing test — landing it on our best phone battery life list. The iPhone SE lasted just 9 hours and 18 minutes. 

There's still a lot to love about the iPhone SE, though. It's the cheapest way to get all the apps and software experiences that make up iOS 13, plus its superpowered A13 Bionic processor should outperform the Pixel 4a's Snapdragon 730 chip.

The most interesting battle between the Pixel 4a and iPhone SE should be the camera shootout. The iPhone SE performed very well in our testing, but it lacks the Night Side mode for low-light shots that the Pixel 4a should have, which we consider to be the Pixel 4a's secret weapon against Apple.

The Pixel 4a is expected to be announced in June, so stay tuned for more leaks as we get closer to launch.

  • zOOk81
    It's 2 expensive for such lame hardware . For less than 300€ you can get RN8 pro with better CPU and 8GB of RAM + SD slot, NFC, IR . 4A doesnt worth more than 200€ . also it doesn't support 5G .
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    zOOk81 said:
    It's 2 expensive for such lame hardware . For less than 300€ you can get RN8 pro with better CPU and 8GB of RAM + SD slot, NFC, IR . 4A doesnt worth more than 200€ . also it doesn't support 5G .

    That'll get what? One or two security updates and maybe an OS upgrade once? Then you're DIY with 'funny' rom flashing.

    The pixel 4 is not for hackers, its a consumer phone. But yeah, thats a disappointing CPU, since my pixel 2 clone has a snapdragon 835 in it and I paid less, AND it got updated from 7.0 to 10.0 by the manufacturer. With every single security monthly update. Usually the same day Google released them for Pixels.
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  • zOOk81
    cfbcfbcfbcfbcfb said:
    That'll get what? One or two security updates and maybe an OS upgrade once? Then you're DIY with 'funny' rom flashing.

    The pixel 4 is not for hackers, its a consumer phone. But yeah, thats a disappointing CPU, since my pixel 2 clone has a snapdragon 835 in it and I paid less, AND it got updated from 7.0 to 10.0 by the manufacturer. With every single security monthly update. Usually the same day Google released them for Pixels.

    It's still too expensive and pls don't speak about security or privacy when "gOOgle" or "Apple" are subjects .
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    zOOk81 said:
    It's still too expensive and pls don't speak about security or privacy when "gOOgle" or "Apple" are subjects .

    LOL. Well humpty dumpty, what OS that 5 other people on earth use that you're going to run on the phone nobody ever heard of or wants?

    Also, remind me of which apps that don't track you. Facebook? Gmail? Hotmail? Twitter?
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  • zOOk81
    Then use it. You can't escape anyway. 😉
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  • GastroHub
    I mean, you could buy a refurbished Pixel 3 for $144 with a warranty and it's still a better phone overall than a brand new pixel 4, which has a ridiculous battery and that sonar thing nobody cares about. I don't really get why people buy new phones. They depreciate instantly
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