After the first photos in boxes, he was expected in April, then leaks confirmed that he should not be expected before May. A little later, information appeared that it would definitely appear in early June, and I said that the release date was chosen very correctly. In early June, they started talking about waiting until the third of July, but this is also not a fact. As a result, everything is somehow very delayed and tired of waiting. I wanted to buy this phone, but now I realized that I would rather do without it and choose something that I can use right now. I need a phone “today”, not when Google, which itself heats up the market with rumors, deigns to release it. Moreover, it can also be a failure. In the end, what should a person who never got the Google Pixel 4a choose?
They waited and did not wait.
Why Google Pixel 4a hasn't been released yet
A couple of months ago, it was reported that two key members of the Google team had left. One of them was responsible for the creation of the famous cameras. The official reason is not disclosed, but most likely it was due to the failure of the Google Pixel 4.
In the end, this could lead to the Google Pixel 4a being delayed so much. It was originally supposed to be presented at the Google I / O conference in May this year. When the conference went online, many thought that the company would not delay and release a new product in contrast to the OnePlus 8. But this did not happen and we are still waiting.
Considering that the Google Pixel 5 release time is getting closer, we are in a position where it won't make sense to release a 4a at all for a couple of weeks. He can just beat off sales from the “five”.
The main thing is that the start of this smartphone is not postponed.
There is also an option in which the company will not release it now and will release it as a version of the Google Pixel 5 this fall. Let's see what will come of it, but for those who have been waiting and can no longer, since the phone is needed urgently, I can express my opinion. An opinion regarding the choice of a new phone over the Google Pixel 4a.
Which phone to buy instead of the Google Pixel 4a
Of course, there are many good smartphones, but first of all we will start from the similarity, which is subjective for everyone, and from the price. Moreover, some of the above devices are very popular in our editorial office. However, first things first.
Samsung Galaxy A51 – not good for the price
Our Ivan Kuznetsov speaks very well about this particular phone. I also like the device, so let's start with it. Hi Ivan!
Samsung Galaxy A51 is one of the most popular phones that cost about 17-20 thousand rubles. That's even less than what the Google Pixel will cost when (if) it comes out.
Samsung Galaxy A51.
The A51 has a large battery, triple camera and a quality OLED display. Arguably the best Samsung phone available today. The processor is a little outdated, but otherwise this device goes beyond understanding an inexpensive smartphone. The Prism Black Crush color and reflective design are eye-catching too, which is a plus.
Samsung has definitely released a successful model and has taken a good position in the niche of inexpensive smartphones at a time when they are trying to push out of it Huawei and Honor. The only serious complaint about this phone is that Samsung sometimes forgets to release updates for this category, and it just doesn't support them for very long against the background of competitors.
Nokia 7.2 – didn’t expect?
Honestly, I myself am shocked that I included this device in our list, but at the last moment I decided that it should be here.
Nokia is a brand that once boomed with its top-end phones, but then rolled downhill and was stopped by Chinese investors who bought the brand. Now he continues to make smartphones, many of which I don't like, but there are rare models that deserve attention. Especially against the background of its price.
Nokia 7.2, released in 2019, comes with two years of updates Android and three years of security updates. It is very good! Anyway, according to one of the recent studies, Nokia is updated better than others. The percentage of its smartphones with the current OS is much higher than the rest.
The phone itself offers a solid camera package, great software, and really good build quality. Another advantage is the price of up to 20,000 rubles, and the disadvantages are the outdated Snapdragon 660 and low charging speed. Overall, this smartphone is made from a bunch of compromises, but it's not as bad as it might seem at first glance. It is worth paying attention to.
iPhone SE 2 – where without it
Without this device, there really is nowhere. This is due to the fact that it is iPhone SE and Google Pixel series “a” are the maximum points of convergence between iOS and Android. It's hard to imagine a bigger rival for the Pixel 4a than the iPhone SE second generation. The same remark is true in the opposite direction.
The iPhone SE second generation may not have a modern design, but it does offer a good camera, top performance, IP67 water and dust resistance, and even wireless charging. It's technically very cool and users have to choose between design and hardware. And also between iPhone SE (2020) and so far Google Pixel 3a, but later 4a (I hope).
iPhone SE 2020.
Also, both companies offer a very long update period, which is important for every user. Therefore, these two models are much closer to each other than it might seem at first glance.
Why you shouldn't wait for the Google Pixel 4a to come out
You can wait for a bus, an electric train, after all, by the sea of the weather – all this will happen someday. In the situation with the Google Pixel, one cannot say that it will definitely be. The more we wait, the more it seems to me that the “a” series will turn into something that will be updated, for example, every two years. That is why you should not wait. Moreover, if you need a smartphone now. However, you can argue with me in our Telegram chat.