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Pixel 4a camera sample gallery: Our first shots with Google's newest Pixel

The trend in smartphone photography is all about more sensors, more focal lengths, and more effects. In the budget space, that means tossing in poor-quality macro modules and useless depth sensors. Google doesn't roll that way—the Pixel 4a still sports a single 12.2MP camera sensor, and it's nothing special from a hardware perspective (the 4a itself, though, is quite special—read our review to find out why). However, the phenomenal Pixel processing bests phones that cost much more. Our first batch of photos taken with the newest Pixel prove that.

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The Pixel 4a will come in just one color — black

There's little to complain about when it comes to the just-released, often-leaked Pixel 4a. In our review, we praise Google's latest phone for its phenomenal performance and great hardware in a more than affordable package, and smaller nitpicks like a tinny speaker and a lack of secondary camera lenses can be forgiven at $350. There's one thing we can't quite understand, though — the Pixel 4a is only available in matte black.

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Google Pixel 4a: Best launch deals, pricing, trade-in values, and availability

Google has finally officially revealed the Pixel 4a, this year's budget Android phone from the company. Just like last year's Pixel 3a, the phone strikes an excellent balance between hardware and software. It's even cheaper than the 3a, starting at just $349, and stores and carriers are also offering their own discounts and pre-order bonuses. If you're still on the fence about buying one, you should definitely read our review.

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Google Pixel 4a vs Pixel 4 camera comparison: Is there a difference?

One of the wonderfully peculiar things about Google's budget Pixel 3a last year was that Google gave it the exact same set of imaging capabilities as the much more expensive Pixel 3 and 3 XL that came before it. In 2020, I'm pleased to report that, minus a missing telephoto lens, the story with the Pixel 4a and the Pixel 4 is really no different. Snapping photos with the two side by side, I've gotten a pretty good sense of how both cameras behave, and the answer is, essentially, "identical" as far as any normal consumer would be concerned.

First, let's look at the photos.

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Live Caption now works with phone and video calls on Pixels

As part of today's Pixel 4a festivities, Google has also announced a new feature that's coming to older Pixels as well. Remember Google's Live Caption feature that transcribes speech in real-time, on-device, for things like videos? Well, Live Caption will now also work for video and voice calls — more useful than ever in these socially distant times.

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The Google Pixel 4a is official: Pricing, specs, release date, and more

After a nearly interminable wait, Google's hotly-anticipated Pixel 4a is finally official (and making a very solid impression). Following up on last year's Pixel 3a (our Android Police 2019 phone of the year), the new 4a packs a Snapdragon 730G, 5.8" OLED screen, the usual amazing Pixel camera, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and all for an even lower price than last year: just $350. Pre-orders open today with availability set for August 20th, and a 5G version is also planned for later this fall.

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Google Pixel 4a: Pricing, specs, release date, and more

In the Android enthusiast bubble, the Pixel 4a is one of the most hotly anticipated devices of 2020. The previous Pixel 3a won our phone of the year award, and both hopes and concerns are high when it comes to the follow-up. At this point, we know almost everything about the phone, from specs and benchmarks to the bump in base storage and a potentially reduced price — plus rumors of a 5G version. And based on Google's recent teaser, we may not have long to wait before an announcement.

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Google just posted a Pixel 4a teaser that could reveal the launch date

Google is in full Pixel 4a teaser mode today. The Made by Google Twitter account is in full meme mode and promoting a new lorem-ipsum landing page at the Google Store, a not-so-subtle teaser promoting the Pixel 4a. A simple color puzzle on the page reveals that August 3rd is somehow tied to "The Google just what you've been waiting for phone" — very likely the launch date.

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Weekend poll: Will you buy one of Google's upcoming Pixel phones?

While we know a lot about the (seemingly endlessly) upcoming Pixel 4a, there's a whole lot about Google's 2020 smartphone strategy we can't quite clear the fog on just yet. And what we even do know suggests 2020 is going to be a very weird for year for Pixel: A small Pixel 4a, a large Pixel 4a 5G, and a small Pixel 5. We know what chips they'll have (the 4a will get a Snapdragon 730, while the latter two phones will get 765s), and we know at least the Pixel 5 will probably feature a multi-camera array and things like wireless charging (...hopefully).

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Google's 2020 smartphone strategy looks like a mess

It sure looks like the Google Pixel smartphone lineup is about to get weird. Based on what we know so far, it looks like there will be a Pixel 4a, a Pixel 4a 5G, and a Pixel 5. A defunct Pixel 4a XL is out of the picture, and there was never even a leak suggesting the existence of a Pixel 5 XL to begin with. This has rightly left many bewildered: just what is Google trying to accomplish here? While I won't claim to have all the answers, I do think there's a lens worth interpreting this through, and that lens is Google's Silicon Valley rival, Apple.

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