Massive Google Pixel 4a design leak reveals all, punch-hole display included

Massive Google Pixel 4a design leak reveals all, punch-hole display included
 The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL proved to be much more successful than their respective flagship counterparts upon release, so it's certainly no surprise to hear that Google is working on follow-ups that are based on the recently launched Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. And although we know little about the phones right now, thanks to tipster  Steve Hemmerstoffer we now know what the smaller model might look like.

The Pixel 4a inherits the new square-shaped Pixel 4 camera


The high-end Pixel 4 series saw Google ditch its trademark two-tone construction and single-camera layout after three years of use in favor of a much more simplistic rear panel that's dominated by a square-shaped camera module. It turned out to be quite a controversial move but, rather unsurprisingly, today's renders suggest the cheaper model will follow suit. 

It appears the phone's back is now carved out of a single-tone slab of plastic. This is home to a noticeably larger camera module in the corner but, because of the smartphone's mid-range positioning, Google has decided to include an LED flash and just one camera rather than two.

With this design, it seems that Google has once again decided not to include an ultra-wide camera, but is placing its bets on an impressive main sensor that should support features such as Astrophotography and Google's improved Night Sight.

Accompanying these changes looks set to be a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and Google's usual 'G' logo. The whole package will be completed by an accented power key on the side, the return of the 3.5mm headphone jack on top of the phone, and a USB-C port that's paired with a speaker along the bottom.

Google's first phone with a punch-hole display


The front of the Pixel 4a is arguably its biggest differentiator because Google has ditched the costly 3D facial recognition and Motion Sense system. The latter was the reason for the massive forehead on Google's premium models, but with it now out of the way the internet giant has taken a different direction and selected a punch-hole panel for its new phone.

This screen pairs the cut-out, which is positioned in the top-left corner, with relatively thick bezels that are almost completely uniform. Google used OLED technology on the Pixel 3a series earlier this year and is expected to do the same thing with next year's models, although the size of the panel is being increased from 5.6-inches to 5.8-inches. 

Despite this, the noticeably smaller bezels mean the device itself will be even more compact than its predecessor. To compare, the Pixel 3a measures in at 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm whereas the upcoming Pixel 4a's dimensions are 144.2 x 69.5 x 8.2mm in size.

Google Pixel 4a specifications and announcement timeline predictions


Google's strategy with the Pixel 3a series would suggest the Pixel 4a will arrive powered by the newer Snapdragon 675 chipset rather than the Snapdragon 670. However, with the Apple A13 Bionic-powered iPhone 9 reportedly around the corner, it could choose to include one of Qualcomm's more powerful alternatives such as the Snapdragon 730.

A minimum of 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage should accompany this in addition to stock Android 10 straight out of the box. Google is yet to confirm when the smartphone will be announced but an introduction at Google I/O 2020 in early Ma seems extremely likely. Shipments should commence shortly after in the United States and Europe.

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Pixel 4a
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Octa-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3200 mAh

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38 Comments

1. kevv2288

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Google's phone design never makes any sense to me. So your telling me the $400 pixel 4a is going to have smaller forehead bezel than the $800 pixel 4? Like with the 3a xl it looked way better than the 3xl. Why can't Google make a high end phone that actually looks good too.

12. alila2

Posts: 171; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

4a design gives me some hope for the pixel 5

16. User123456789

Posts: 1335; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Hole makes phone look cheap. Worse than notch.

20. Papa_Ji

Posts: 908; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

No notch > PUNCH HOLE >> drop style >>>> rotten apple style

23. Sategi

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 06, 2019

Small correction : No notch > PUNCH HOLE >> drop style >> rotten apple style >>>>>>> curved displays

19. AbhiD

Posts: 881; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

When the super lite and cheaper version of the flagship looks far better and premium. That's Google for ya! LOL

28. chbanks512

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

I hate to say it, but I totally agree. I actually think this looks nice. First time I've said that about a pixel phone

30. hmd74

Posts: 546; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

The Pixel 4 has so many sensors, radar, and cameras up there! in Pixel 4a there's only a front cam

39. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

3a & pixelbook go are designed by team Google acquired from HTC in Taiwan. From this leak it looks like 4a is also designed by team in Taiwan. Different teams working on products without any design coherence may lead t design disaster aka pixel4.

2. User123456789

Posts: 1335; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

If it has 1 rear camera, why the stupid square? Rear could be same of pixel 3a.

3. adecvat

Posts: 662; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Squire? To be like 11 ofc.

10. joshuaswingle

Posts: 735; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

It really doesn't look anything like the iPhone 11.

4. Tipsy.trex

Posts: 27; Member since: May 17, 2016

Baffling. They decided to go for a high end design on a cheap phone and compromised on the camera. After all the crap Google got for going dual only with the P4 you'd think they'd get the message. It's basically a design refresh of the P3a which is absolutely not what they need to focus on. Hopefully they don't try to charge more for it.

5. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I was just waiting when the urge to copy Apple is stronger than the need to add at least a fake camera lens.

8. suavemezie

Posts: 97; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Copying Apple? Doesn't look anything like Apple, maybe in your dreams

6. Derekjeter

Posts: 1572; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

What a mess, Google you should fire everyone and I mean everyone. I don’t think anyone has a clue in that building. These companies don’t listen to people. The only one I see pushing the limits and actually building great looking and working phones is Huawei. Everyone else is at least 3 years behind.

9. joshuaswingle

Posts: 735; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I think Samsung's doing a pretty great job too

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22737; Member since: May 28, 2014

I agree. Huawei and Samsung are putting together some great looking smartphones.

29. chbanks512

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

Them and OnePlus as well

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22737; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely agree.

42. CEDEOTB

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Asus is also on the right track

7. dnomadic

Posts: 449; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

This should have been the pixel 4/XL. Add in the 855+ and there would have been no complaints except from the “wide angle is everything all of a sudden” committee. At least we have something to look forward to with Pixel 5 this time.

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2673; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

"The change means buyers of the Pixel 4a won't have access to the ultra-wide-angle camera featured on the flagship Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL." But... The Pixel 4 doesn't have an ultra wide camera...

31. joshuaswingle

Posts: 735; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Yeah, my bad. Sorry about that! Been corrected

13. Cat97

Posts: 2019; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

144mm ? This phone suddenly looks very interesting, but of course, knowing Google it will have a 2800mAh battery or worse, just to ruin it.

14. JustSaiyan

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 28, 2019

Joshua do you know anything about the pixel line? Lol who approved this article? Smh PA always with the misinformation

18. joshuaswingle

Posts: 735; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

How is this misinformation? Steve Hemmerstoffer has an extremely accurate track record with leaks. The Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL are among those. Check back in five months' time and we'll see if it was accurate or not.

15. User123456789

Posts: 1335; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

You all can expect pixel 5 will look much worse, by far. Every year gets worse.

17. pt020

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Not for me only because the fingerprint scanner on the back.

21. Venom

Posts: 3942; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Punch hole display aside, this looks fantastic.

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