(Pocket-lint) - In 2019 Google launched a more affordable handset to its Pixel line, the Pixel 3a. The company followed this device up with the Pixel 4a in August 2020 - a few months later than expected.

Google has confirmed there's going to be a 5G model of the Pixel 4a before 2020 is out. This is everything we have heard about the Pixel 4a (5G) so far, including price, release date, design and specifications.

Release date and price

  • 30 September launch event
  • 15 October availability expected
  • $499/£499/€499
  • Coming to 9 countries

Google will be holding an event on 30 September to launch new hardware and we're expecting to see the Pixel 4a 5G announced at that event.

The Pixel 4a 5G is confirmed to be coming this "fall" with the Pixel 5. Google confirmed in its blog post surrounding the launch of the Pixel 4a that the 5G model will start at $499 in the US. Google has also listed he handset on the Google Store in the UK £499 in the UK and €499 in Europe, for the 128GB version. It will be coming to the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Australia. 

We've also seen a 15 October date for availability, which fits with the announcement timeline.

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Design

  • Larger than Pixel 4a
  • Polycarbonate body
  • Black or white colour options

The Google Pixel 4a 5G is expected to have the same design as the Pixel 4a, feature a polycarbonate body, coupled with a coloured power button. 

We're expecting slightly larger dimensions to the Pixel 4a as the device is said to have a bigger display. A leak has suggested we'll see it in a white colour, although Google's tease shows a black phone. Retailer leaks have suggested that it will be available in black or white colours.

Assuming the 5G models offers the same design as the 4G model, you'll find a pronounced square black camera housing on the rear with a single camera lens and flash in the top left corner and a physical fingerprint sensor in the centre of the rear. On the front, the display will likely have minimal bezels and a punch hole camera, like the Pixel 4a. A 3.5mm headphone jack is also likely.

Display

  • 6.2-inch display
  • Punch hole camera
  • OLED, 60Hz

The display on the Pixel 4a 5G is claimed to be larger than the Pixel 4a. It's said it will offer a 6.3-inch screen, but there have been no further details on the resolution or aspect ratio.

It is said to have a punch hole for the front camera though, like the Pixel 4a, and it's also claimed to have a 60Hz refresh rate.

Hardware specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, 5G
  • 6GB RAM, 128GB storage
  • 3800mAh battery

Rumours suggest the Google Pixel 4a 5G will run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G with 6GB of RAM. We suspect there will be at least 128GB of storage, with no microSD support.

There's been talk of a 3800mAh battery and it's also thought the Pixel 4a 5G will have a 3.5mm audio jack. A live image suggests there will be a physical fingerprint sensor on the rear. 

Camera

  • 12.2-megapixel main camera
  • 8-megapixel front camera

Like the Pixel 3a did with the Pixel 3, the Pixel 4a has the same camera unit as the Pixel 4 - that's the point of these phones after all - to give you access to those camera skills at a lower price point. We therefore expect the Pixel 4a 5G to offer the same too.

If right, you can expect a 12.2-megapixel 1.4µm sensor with f/1.7 lens and optical image stabilisation with all the AI skills of the Pixel 4, like Night Sight with astrophotography mode, Top Shot and Portrait Mode. 

The front camera in the display is likely to be an 8-megapixel 1.22µm sensor with f/2.0 lens.

Google Pixel 4a (5G) rumours: What's happened so far?

Here are all the rumours surrounding the Pixel 4a (5G) so far.

22 September 2020: Retailer leaks confirm price and release date

Prices have been circulated which might reveal how much the Pixel 4a 5G costs.

14 September 2020: Google 'Launch Night In' event announced: Pixel 5, Nest speaker, Chromecast, more expected

Google has confirmed that it will be hosting an event to launch a range of new devices on 30 September.

1 September 2020: Google Pixel 5 and 4a 5G pass FCC certification

Google's two new phones have both been spotted by PocketNow on the FCC's lists, meaning that they're allowed to be launched in the US - that means an announcement should be fairly imminent. 

24 August 2020: Google Pixel 5 and 4a 5G appear in real life image, with more specs revealed

A real life image of the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 appeared on Reddit with a list of alleged specs for both devices. It's claimed the Pixel 4a 5G will run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor with 6GB of RAM and a 3800mAh battery.

The Reddit user also said the Pixel 4a 5G will have an audio jack and a 60Hz display, as well as the same camera as the Pixel 4.

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22 August 2020: Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G features revealed in new spec dump

Android Central reported that the Pixel 4a 5G will have a 6.2-inch display. It also revealed some details about the Pixel 5 in the report.

20 August 2020: Twitter leak suggests October availability

A Twitter leaker with a good track record for Google leaks has suggested we'll see the Pixel 4a 5G in October 2020.

3 August 2020: Google confirms a Pixel 4a (5G) will come in the "fall" for $499

Google announced the Pixel 4a in a blogpost and confirmed there would be a 5G model in the "fall", with a starting price tag of $499. It didn't give an exact release date however.

3 August 2020: Google Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 5G leak, claimed to start at $499

Ishan Agarwal - who has a decent track record with leaks - shared an image on Twitter claiming to present the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5 5G. He said the Pixel 4a 5G would be larger than the Pixel 5 5G and start at $499.

3 August 2020: Full specs and images leak on Twitter

Serial leaker Ishan Agarwal listed the specs for the Pixel 4a along with a range of specifications and the price, leaving very little to the imagination.

30 July 2020: Google Camera code hints at Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, as well as upcoming camera features

Code within a new version of the Google Camera app has suggested that there's a 5G version of the Pixel 4a, a rumour we've heard before.

22 July 2020: Google Pixel 4a might be 5G after all, according to leak

A smaller US carrier indicates that a 5G Google handset is coming, with most analysts concluding that it could be a version of the Pixel 4a. 

22 June 2020: Google Pixel 4a colour options and European pricing leaked

A French retailer has listed the PIxel 4a in black and blue colours, while also putting a price on it. The suggested shipping date of 7 July also raises questions.

21 May 2020: Twitter leaker suggest 13 July launch date

The release date for the Pixel 4a seems to have slipped and slipped and one Twitter leaker thinks he knows the new date.

7 February 2020: Google Pixel 4a is the "Sunfish" phone we've been hearing about

More code leaks have linked the Sunfish name to the Pixel 4a, and dispel the 5G rumours.

24 January 2020: Pixel codenames found in updated Google Camera app

The codenames for future Pixel devices have been discovered again by XDA Developers, this time in code from the new Google Camera app. In this case, they appear in a string called "pixel_20_mid_range" basically confirming that Bramble and Sunfish are those Pixel a devices.

17 January 2020: Google Pixel 4a might launch with 5G variant

Codenames along with hardware platform details have been discovered, which suggest that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 device is in development, meaning a 5G phone. There's three codenames, so we could see three Pixel 4a devices.

3 January 2020: YouTuber claims one size, three colours

YouTuber Dave Lee claims to have some insider information on the new Pixel 4a and that there's not going to be a Pixel 4a XL.

Writing by Chris Hall.