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Google Unveils Pixel 4a After COVID Delay, 5G Coming

Google has opened Australian pre-orders for its much anticipated Pixel 4a (A$599), after the coronavirus pandemic significantly hampered plans for a mid-May launch. The company has also revealed a Pixel 4a (5G), and Pixel 5 (A$799) is coming soon.

The handset is now available to pre-order from Google’s website, or via local retailers such as JB Hi-Fi – many offering a price matching guarantee.

Dubbed “very successful” by Google, the Pixel 4a is the successor to the well-reviewed mid-range Pixel 3a, which was praised for its strong value proposition.

VP of the Pixel team, Brian Rakowski, has confirmed the Pixel 4a was originally slated to unveil at the [later cancelled] annual I/O conference in May, with manufacturing shutdowns from the coronavirus pandemic hampering production.

A team of Google engineers already in China is deemed to have facilitated the eventual launch of the Pixel 4a.

Mr Rakowski claims Google has strengthened processes for remotely designing and manufacturing products, with the coronavirus pandemic unlikely to delay upcoming devices.

The new flagship Pixel 5 (5G) s slated to unveil later this year, in addition to a 5G-supported Pixel 4a.

The new Pixel 4a features a 5.8-inch OLED screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor, 12.2 MP dual-pixel camera, 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

According to IDC, shipments of Pixel smartphones jumped 52% last year to 7.2 million units – significantly behind the volumes of Samsung and Huawei in the Android space.

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