Google is poised to fight back against the affordable Apple iPhone SE with a new budget Pixel smartphone. Rumours have been flying around the web that the so-called Pixel 4a (a successor to the best-selling Pixel 3a from last year) is due to arrive imminently and it seems this handset could have two substantial advantages over the latest offering from Apple.
According to a 9to5Google's Stephen Hall, the Pixel 4a will get a price tag of just $349 (£290) and will land with a generous 128GB of built-in storage. That's more affordable than the iPhone SE, which starts from £419, and more onboard memory as the iPhone only arrives with 64GB. So, that means Google Pixel 4a is not only cheaper, but offers twice as much space for photos, movies, and digital files. READ OUR FULL iPHONE SE REVIEW HERE
Along with that lower price tag and bumper memory, there's plenty of speculation about other blockbuster features coming to the Pixel 4a.
These include a large 5.8-inch screen, 3,080mAh battery and possible inclusion of Google's award-winning camera system with clever Night Mode. In fact, the only area where the 4a might not be able to compete with the iPhone SE is when it comes to raw power.
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Apple's new budget phone is driven by the incredible A13 Bionic processor – the same chip that's found in the iPhone 11 Pro – but it seems Google's next device will feature the Snapdragon 720 processor from Qualcomm, which isn't near as quick nor is it specifically optimised for the operating system.
These are clearly just rumours at the moment and there's no word from Google about when, or if, it will actually release a Pixel 4a. Some reports have said that this phone will be revealed in June and that could make some sense.
Google was going to announce news about its latest products and software updates during its I/O developers conference this month but with that event cancelled due to the current health crisis there's know a live stream taking place instead.
Google will be holding this online showcase on June 3 where the firm is set to announce a swathe of news including the first public beta for its Android 11 upgrade. Google said the stream will have “news, updates, and announcements” on “connectivity, controls, safety, security, productivity, accessibility” and more.
We'll have to wait and see what hardware is revealed but watch this space if you are hoping to own a Pixel 4a.
Written by David Minister