The recently announced google pixel 4a 5g is the edition of the original variant that was launched earlier this year with support for 5G network with a bit better specs and here is its price in Nigeria and full features.
Google Pixel phones are always expensive phones. And the reason why we lovers of the brand still buy their expensive phones, is because the brand’s products always stand out, compared to the competitions.
So when we heard about the Pixel 4a 5G (the P4a 5G), we expected the phone to be expensive and also impressive.
But unfortunately, while the device is truly more expensive, it fails to impress us. However, don’t get me wrong, the device is not a bad product, it’s just that we expected a lot more than it offers.
And to help you better understand how the device fails to meet up with expectations, I’ll be providing more information to back up my claim. But before doing that, I’ll briefly discuss the phone’s price.
Google Pixel 4a 5G Price in Nigeria
The retail price of the Pixel 4a 5G from Google is $499 and in Nigeria, that is 195,000 Naira.
However, that’s not how much it will really cost in Nigeria because when shipping fee is added, you should be looking around N210,000 – N230,000 Naira.
- Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G [Octa-core processor; 1.80 – 2.40 GHz; 7 nm process]
- 1 x 2.40 GHz Kryo 475 Prime cores & 1 x 2.20 GHz Kryo 475 Gold cores & 6 x 1.80 GHz Kryo 475 Silver cores
- Adreno 620 GPU
- 6 GB RAM
- Organic LED [OLED] capacitive touchscreen [Over 16M colours support]
- 6.20 inches [Approximately 84.1-percent screen-to-body ratio]
- 1,080 x 2,340 pixels [~ 413 ppi density]; 19.5:9 aspect ratio
- Operating system [OS]
- Android 11 OS
- 128 GB internal storage space [UFS 2.1]
- No storage expansion support
- 12.2 MP + 16 MP rear cameras
- 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS
- HDR and panorama
- LED flash
- 8 MP front camera
- HDR and panorama
- Fingerprint [Rear-mounted]
- Proximity sensor
- Gravity sensor
- Light sensor
- Non-removable Li-Po 3,885 mAh battery
The Pixel 4a [5G] is a very nice phone, from the perspective of design. In fact, the aspect of display is not one of those aspects where the P4a 5G disappoints.
The design of the phone is also very similar to that of the 4G Pixel 4a. So, if you have seen the 4G edition, you should have an idea of what the 5G Pixel 5a will look like.
As for the differences between the P4a 4G design and the P4a 5G design, the major differences between them lie in;
- (i) their rear camera designs
- (ii) their form factors.
While the 4G version’s rear side comes with a single lens and a LED flash, the rear side of the 5G version features two lenses and a LED flash.
Also, while the 4G version measures “144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm”, the 5G measures “153.9 x 74 x 8.2 mm”.
Furthermore, “the same Corning Gorilla Glass 3 the Pixel 4a [4G] features” is the same glass 4a [5G] features.
And as regards colour, the colour black is the only colour the 5G Pixel 4a is available in.
The Socket-on-Chip (SoC) that 4a [5G] features, is far from being a terrible SoC. The SoC is rather an excellent SoC from Qualcomm.
But while the Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G of the phone is truly good at what it does, we expected a more impressive chip.
For instance, the Nokia 9 PureView which sells for about N225,000, features the Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 SoC. Google could have also featured such a chip in its 5G Pixel 4a.
As for those who’ll like more details about the Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G, the chip’s processor is made up of;
- (i) a performance core known as the Kryo 475 Prime core
- (ii) another performance core known as the Kryo 475 Gold core
- (iii) six other cores known as Kryo 475 Silver cores.
The two performance cores of the processor (the Kryo 475 Prime and the Kryo 475 Gold) are based on the ARM’s Cortex A76 core while the six other cores of the chip are efficiency cores based on the ARM’s Cortex A55 core.
In short, with the performance cores and the efficiency cores of the phone implementing the ARM v8.2 A instruction set, you should expect the cores of the phone to easily handle many sorts of mobile computing task.
While the processor of the Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G is probably the most exciting thing about the chip, the processor of the chip is however not the only component of the chip worthwhile talking about.
The graphics processor of the chip is also a thing worthwhile talking about the processor.
With GPUs like the Adreno 650 widely used in some high-end phone, we definitely can’t consider the Adreno 618 of this phone to be that impressive.
But still, this doesn’t mean the performance of the 618 has no place.
For a phone like the P4a 5G, 6 GB of RAM is what we expect. So with the device coming with 6 GB of RAM, Google can’t be considered to have disappointed in this aspect as well.
But one thing Google could have also done is to make 8 GB RAM builds of the phone available, for people who’ll like more RAM.
The display of 4a [5G] belongs to the OLED family. The phone’s display measures 6.20 inches.
A display of 6.20 inches is not bad, but I’m sure a lot of people will have been more pleased, if the display is much bigger.
And with the display of the phone having a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels, the pixel density of the display is about 413 pixels per inch (PPI).
I also understand the samsung smartphones selling for around this amount of price (e.g. the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE), feature displays of higher resolutions, but I won’t consider Google to have disappointed in this aspect as Samsung can afford to use such better displays since the manufacturer produces its own displays.
While most of the latest Android products we have out there come with the Android 10 OS, the Google P4a 5G comes with the Android 11 OS.
In other words, if you are one of those who can’t wait to use the Android 11 OS, the Pixel 4a [5G] is one of those devices you should probably consider.
The Android 11 comes with a lot of “new interesting features” as well as impressive security updates. And one of these new features the phone has to offer is a built-in screen recorder.
In short, when it comes to the aspect of operating system, there is also absolutely nothing to complain about.
It is further worthwhile stating that the Pixel 4a is one of those few devices we’re sure will be upgradable to Android 12 OS and the Android 13 OS.
So, if you’ll be using your next phone for over 3 years, then you should probably give this phone some additional consideration.
The same storage device the 4G version of the P4a 5G features is what the P4a 5G comes with. This storage device in question is a UFS 2.1 storage device with 128 GB of space.
128 GB of space is of course what’s expected from a phone of this type. In other words, no one can make any justifiable complaint about the storage capacity of the device.
But while Google meets up to expectation, in the aspect of storage capacity, we’re quite disappointed in terms of storage type.
A phone like the P4a 5G is expected to come with a UFS 3.0 or 3.1 devices. For instance, products like the new 8t from OnePlus and latest samsung flagships; S20 series come with UFS 3.0 storage devices, so what possible excuse does Google have?
Yeah, I understand some people may argue that the actual benefit of using a UFS 3.0 device isn’t that much, but let’s not forget that most users of this phone will be using their phones for over 2 years; after 2 years the actual benefits of a UFS 3.0 will explode, so Google’s use of UFS 2.1 can not be justified.
It is also worthwhile stating that the P4a 5G doesn’t come with storage expansion support.
So before buying the phone, you should be sure this lack of storage expansion won’t be a problem for you.
While the 4G Pixel 4a comes with a single rear lens, the 5G version of the phone comes with two rear lenses.
The first rear lens of the 5G version is the same as that of the 4G version, a 12.2 MP CMOS BSI lens. We were able to subject the lens to an extensive test, and it performed quite well.
The other rear lens of the P4a 5G is a 16 MP lens. This lens assists with taking pictures with ultra-wide viewing angles, and it does a pretty good job.
However, while the two rear lenses of the Pixel 4a [5G] work excellently together, they aren’t as impressive as you’ll expect. The lenses produce impressive pictures, but there is significant room for improvement.
While the 12.2 MP lens and the 16 MP lens are responsible for taking pictures on the rear side of the phone, an 8 MP lens is tasked with taking the selfies of the phone.
The 8 MP lens is quite impressive and I think most users of the phone will be satisfied.
In short, the aspect of camera is also an aspect where Google disappoints, although the disappointment isn’t that great.
The 4a [5G] is a device having support for eSIM. eSIM is yet to become a popular thing.
But in 3 years time, we expect it to be a thing; so if you’ll be using your phone for over 3 years, then you may want to give this device some extra consideration for having support for this technology.
The Google Pixel 4a 5G is a nice phone, but it isn’t as nice as expected considering price in Nigeria and what it’s capable of.
The phone is an overpriced phone, so I won’t ordinarily recommend that you buy it.
However, “if you’re a very big fan of the Google Pixel”, or “if you’re a lover of devices with very-high build quality”, or “if you can’t wait to enjoy the Android 11 OS”, or “if you want a device you can trust, when it comes to security”, then feel free to consider 4a [5G].
As regards how the phone compares to its 4G version, I’ll say “go with the 4G version”. I know some of you may want to consider the P4a 5G because of — its 5G support, its Android 11 OS, and its battery capacity.
But the truth is “if you won’t be using the phone for over 3 years, paying a lot extra to get the 5G version isn’t worth it”.
As for those who claim its “the Android 11 OS” that attracts them, I’ll like to say don’t bother as well.
The P4a 4G truly runs the Android 10, but very soon the phone will be upgradable to the Android 11.
As for those who claim “the battery capacity of the P4a 5G” is what attracts them, I’ll like to say that “you shouldn’t forget the 5G support of the P4a 5G makes it more power-consuming”.
In other words, at the end of the day, the battery life of the 5G version will be roughly the same as the 4G version.