Weighing in at a mere 143g, this is the new Google Pixel 4a. It comes with a plastic back but a glass frontage over a 5.81″ 1080 x 2340 pixel (443 ppi) 19.5:9 ratio screen, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
As this is a Google handset, you get Android 10 and it’ll be upgradable to Android 11.
Specs include 6GB RAM, 128GB storage (no microSD slot) and a Qualcomm 730G Snapdragon CPU running up to 2.2GHz. There’s dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 3.5mm audio port, fingerprint sensor (on the rear), NFC for the tappy-tappy payments, a USB-C charging port and a 3140mAh battery which supports 18W fast charging. Google tell us that this is an “adaptive 24 hour battery” and learns your app usage, reducing power to those you hardly use.
Camera-wise, you get a single rear 12.2 megapixel (f/1.7) camera and an 8 megapixel selfie shooter. Although this arrangement might not sound overly amazing, there’s Live HDR+ and dual exposure control plus a “Night Sight” option which can capture shots of the night sky like this..
Carphone Warehouse is offering the handset on 24-month plans from £24.99 per month, or SIM-Free for £349. If you pre-order on a pay monthly contract, you get a free £50 Currys PC World gift card.
Meanwhile, if you want to buy just the phone (and add a SIM-only plan on yourself) Currys PC World is doing 12-month interest-free on the phone – £29.17 per month. Get it, then whack the SIM card of your choice in and you’re done.
iD Mobile are also offering the handset (£26.99 per month for 10GB of data for 2 years with a £19.99 upfront payment) and you’ll again get a £50 Currys PC World Gift Card when you purchase.
Vodafone will also be offering the Google Pixel 4a – get it with 6GB of data for £34 per month (£29 upfront cost) or go for one of their unlimited plans – Unlimited Max (no throttling) at £51 a month (£29 upfront cost), Unlimited (10Mbps throttle) at £46 per month (£29 upfront cost) or Unlimited Lite (2Mbps throttle) for £42 a month (£29 upfront cost).