What you need to know
- Google is probably launching the Pixel 4a in the middle of May.
- Internal carrier documents put the shipping date for the company's first mid-range phone on May 22.
- The Pixel 4a was previously expected to launch at the now-canceled Google I/O developer's conference.
Reasoning backward, it's possible Google could announce the Pixel 4a around a week before launch as it has done in the past, placing it right at the time where it would have been hosting I/O. Alternatively, it could announce them like the Pixel Buds, with sales beginning at or shortly after an announcement post.
Google's Pixel 4 and 4 XL are expensive phones with obvious cons for regular users (poor battery life) and not-so-obvious benefits (soli). The Pixel 4a, a smaller, probably more value-friendly phone with all of the pros and few of the cons makes more sense for many. A fingerprint sensor in lieu of facial recognition, a bigger battery, more RAM, a reputation built on the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, and it already sounds like a winner.
Throw in Apple's iPhone SE which — despite its lackluster battery life — remains appealing because of the price and software, and it's clear to see why this phone exists.
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