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Google’s Pixels 4A 5G phone at 500$ without lacking other features

The company’s new $499 Pixel 4A 5G, unveiled Wednesday, packs in the same superfast 5G connectivity as Google’s new $699 Pixel 5 flagship, as well as the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, 128GB of storage and a fingerprint sensor on the back. Importantly, the camera setup is identical, with both phones sporting an 8-megapixel front-facing lens and two rear cameras: a standard 12.2-megapixel sensor and a 16-megapixel ultrawide camera. 

“Some people think that to get all the benefits of 5G at an affordable price, there needs to be a compromise on some of our core features like camera,” Soniya Jobanputra, product manager of Pixel, said during Wednesday’s press conference. “But that’s not true.”

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When it comes to other specs, the 4A 5G even has a bigger, 6.2-inch screen than the Pixel 5’s 6-inch display, and it still comes with a headphone jack. The main advantages of the Pixel 5 over the 4A 5G are IP68 water resistance, a 90Hz refresh rate on the display, reverse wireless charging and a slightly bigger camera, all features that typically don’t spur consumers to upgrade. 

The top reasons people generally buy new phones are better screens, batteries and cameras. Waterproofing and wireless charging — the two most noticeable ways the Pixel 5 differs from the 4A 5G — don’t entice consumers to upgrade. That could cause many would-be buyers to opt for the cheaper of the Pixels.  

“Google is doing exactly the right [thing by] not compromising with the imaging quality on the cheaper [Pixel],” Strategy Analytics analyst Ville-Petteri Ukonaho said. “But I have a hard time figuring out how they justify the $200 price difference.”

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