When is the Pixel 4a 5G's release date?

The standard Pixel 4a went on sale in the US on 20 August and is now available to pre-order in the UK ahead of its 1 October release date. Google says this is largely down to supply chain issues caused by COVID-19.

As for the Pixel 4a 5G, Google teased both the 4a 5G and Pixel 5 at the launch of the Pixel 4a, citing a release "this fall." We now know that this will be 30 September, as Google has sent the press invites for a Launch Night In event, "where you’ll learn more about our new Chromecast, latest smart speaker and new Pixel phones."

As for when the phone will actually go on sale, for a brief period a post on Google France's blog mentioned a pre-order date for both the 4a 5G and Pixel 5 of 8 October; although this information has since been removed.

In the UK, the BT shop is listing the Pixel 4a (5G) with a release date of 15 October. 

BT

How much is the Pixel 4a 5G?

Long before it ever announced a launch date Google decided to give away the US pricing for the 4a 5G:

"This fall, we’ll have two more devices to talk about: the Pixel 4a (5G), starting at $499, and Pixel 5."

This means the 4a 5G is $150 more expensive than its 4G-only counterpart and based on the direct conversion that Google made when setting the UK price for the standard 4a, we can assume that in Blighty the 4a 5G will cost £499 as a result.

According to @NilsAhrDE, it'll be 499 in Euros (Germany) which also suggests a UK price of £499. As you can see above, that's the price listed on the BT shop.

Meanwhile, Computer Universe in Germany, has the phone listed at 499 Euros. Both sites list the phone with 128GB of storage.

Pixel 4a

What are the Pixel 4a 5G specs?

In late August a rather convincing spy shot of both the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 appeared on Reddit, before being pulled again soon after.

Not only that, the Reddit post in question also contained supposed specs for both upcoming Pixel devices, all of which XDA Developers managed to take note of before its removal.

Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G | Reddit
Source: Reddit

The spy shot depicts the Pixel 5 (left) in black and the Pixel 4a 5G (right) in white. We praised the standard Pixel 4a for its compact nature - based on this photo, the 4a 5G is a markedly larger device, not to mention it boasts a dual camera on the back.

Here's the full hardware rundown based on the Reddit post:

  • Google Pixel 4a 5G
    • 0.5x wide-angle lens, possibly the 16MP Sony IMX481
    • 12.2MP main camera (allegedly the Sony IMX363)
    • 8MP Sony IMX355
    • 3,800 mAh battery
    • Rear cameras
    • Front camera
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
    • 6GB RAM
    • 128GB storage
    • 60Hz display
    • Physical fingerprint scanner on back
    • 3.5mm headphone jack

Now we have these seemingly complete specs for the Pixel 4a (5G) and the Pixel 5 which share a lot of specs including the 765G processor and cameras. They suggest it will be a lot more than just the addition of 5G when compared to the regular Pixel 4a.

Really the Pixel 4a (5G) could be called the Pixel 5 XL in some ways.

One notable omission from the above list is the phone's screen size, something site 91mobiles rectifies with a series of renders, based on CAD files supplied by known tipster, OnLeaks.

According to these sources, the 4a 5G will tote a 6.1in or 6.2in display and measure 153.9×74×8.6mm (or 9.5mm thick if you take into account the phone's camera bump). Like the standard 4a, the front-facing camera resides within a corner-positioned hole-punch design, there's a headphone jack along its top edge and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. 

Is there a Pixel 4a XL?

No, this year Google has opted not to make an XL model with a larger screen (although the Pixel 4a 5G fills this void to some degree).

Pixel 4a screen

In a statement questioning this choice, along with the October launch for the UK Google said: "Like many companies, our supply chain was impacted by COVID-19 and we had to adjust our launch plans accordingly to ensure the safety of our employees, partners and customers."