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Everything we know about Google's upcoming Pixel 4a

Pixel leak season has started, and details surrounding Google's upcoming mid-range phone have started to trickle out.  The previous Pixel 3a was a great phone, and that leaves the Pixel 4a with some awfully big shoes to fill. Any official word is probably still a few months out, but here's what we know about the phone so far.

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Upcoming Pixel 4a will have faster UFS 2.1 storage

Friday afternoon is all about Pixel leaks, it seems like. The folks at XDA Developers just dug up some evidence from that Pixel 4a that previously showed up on video, which indicates Google's next mid-ranger will pack faster UFS 2.1 storage. That will almost certainly be a significant bump in storage speed over the comparatively "slow" eMMC in last year's Pixel 3a. Not all of our readers will be familiar with the differences between these standards, but the short version is: The Pixel 4a could anecdotally feel a lot faster.

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Google Camera 7.4 leak suggests 4K 60fps video recording support

Thanks to Google's pioneering role in image processing, Pixel phones are among the best when it comes to photography. That doesn't translate to video recordings, though, which are noticeably worse than the ones you can create with, say, an iPhone. Google has also chosen to limit 4K recording to 30 fps on the Pixel 4, citing a lack of interest from users, despite other manufacturers providing 4K 60fps without problems. It looks like the company might reconsider this decision, as evidence in a leaked Google Camera APK has surfaced that it might be working on a 4K 60fps mode.

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Leak suggests possible pricing for the Pixel 4a

The Pixel 4a was just caught on camera yesterday, and it looks like that was only the beginning of the leak season. Evan Blass has posted a triptych of what appear to be advertising or website assets on Twitter, photoshopped into an image of a billboard. We see a few more angles of the phone in these photos, but in one of them, an interesting detail is visible: It has a $399 price tag, just like its predecessor.

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Google is protecting the Pixel 4 from the Pixel 4a, and it's hurting both phones

When it comes to A/B tests, Google is the de facto king. Be it chat apps, social networks, or email, Google loves to place multiple products into a virtual death match, with the prize being the chance to continue existing (or, often, just die later). This strategy has in equal parts frustrated and delighted fans over the years, because it allows Google to bring innovative and interesting products to life that otherwise would be shelved for functional duplicity. And right now, a real A/B test is taking place inside Google's smartphone division, between the flagship Pixel and the budget-tier Pixel "a" series.

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First Pixel 4a video leak reveals Snapdragon 730, 6GB of RAM, and 3080mAh battery

Remember when a few pre-production Pixel 4 units fell off a truck last year and were extensively reviewed long before the official release of the phone? Well, it happened again, only this time it's the Pixel 4a. Just a day after some low-res images of the handset leaked, Cuban technology blog TecnoLike Plus has released a six and a half minutes long Spanish overview of the yet-to-be-released phone.

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Appallingly low-res images of the Pixel 4a leak in private Facebook group

Considering how extensively the Pixel 4 leaked before it was introduced last year, it's quite a miracle that we don't know all that much about its budget sister model yet, rumored to be released in May during Google I/O. It looks like that's bound to change, as some images have surfaced on Twitter and Reddit via a private Facebook group that give us a first low-res, pixelated look at a purported Pixel 4a — though we should take these images with a healthy dose of skepticism.

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Verizon may sell the Pixel 4a and 5 after all (Update and retraction)

Late last night, I posted a story claiming Verizon was closing up shop on its relationship with Google and the Pixel. As of this morning, I'm retracting that claim, because the previously reliable source from which I received it—a source that I know and trust, and provided information from a variety of contexts and sources—was incorrect. While I'm unable to share more specific information, I have extremely good reason to believe that source was working with inaccurate, unreliable, or outdated information (or all three), which led to a conclusion which is not supported in reality.

At this time, it is our belief that Verizon's statement, repeated below for the sake of convenience, is the best possible guidance on the carrier's plans as regard the Pixel phones in 2020.

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Frontrunner emerges among potential Pixel 4a codenames, helping to narrow down hardware expectations (Updated)

A report from XDA Developers today cites the existence of three codenames potentially related to Google's upcoming affordable smartphones (or phone), and evidence discovered alongside those names paints a more confusing picture of the situation than ever. The long and short of it: there could be two Pixel 4a variants after all, and one of them could support 5G.

According to XDA, the three codenames of note are sunfish, redfin, and bramble. Sunfish is allegedly equipped with a Snapdragon 730, a 4G-only Qualcomm chipset for mid-range phones.

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The Pixel 4a is putting Google in an unwinnable war — with itself

I don't think it meant to, but Google has backed itself into a corner with the anticipated Pixel 4a. The previous Pixel 3a was a smash-hit of a phone, doubling the company's phone sales amid some serious troubles. The 3a was so great it even earned our 2019 Smartphone of the Year accolade over the company's "flagship" Pixel 4 series. But based on what we've heard so far, I think the upcoming Pixel 4a could be a disaster for Google.

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