India has a market for expensive flagship phones, but Google’s Pixel phones somehow never fit the equation. Despite the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL being good phones, they failed to make an impact on customers, mainly due to the richer and premium looking devices from Samsung and Apple. Google instead started focusing on the mid-range with the Pixel 3a duo, which fared better than its top-end siblings. Google is now trying the same strategy with the Pixel 4a. To keep things simple, the Pixel 4a comes in one size and one variant and a pocket-friendly price tag that helps it to get noticed. But is the only new Pixel in India enough when other brands are launching phones left, right and center? Let’s find out.
The Pixel 3a is unlike any other competitive phone in the market when it comes to physical appearances. It loses the thick bezel around the display and instead goes for a display with a hole-punch selfie camera, or as Google calls it “transmissive hole”. The decision to go with such a display works in Google’s favour because it helps to keep the phone’s size down and at the same time, have a larger display. The phone feels right in the hand, allowing one-hand use with the back giving the much-needed grip with the matte black finish. There’s a single camera with LED flash, fingerprint camera sensor and the Google logo completing the back. The only colourful thing on Pixel 4a’s body is the power button, which comes in a light green hue and has a good tactile feel to it. The soft volume rocker buttons are below that, a SIM slot on the other side, a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top and a USB Type-C port and loudspeaker at the bottom. There’s no wireless charging support or IP rated body, which is understandable, given the asking price. Overall, we like the understated and utilitarian design of the Google Pixel 4a.
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