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However, it is not a confirmed that the device codenamed “G025J,” which has now been certified by the Federal Communications Commission for sale in the United States, is actually the Pixel 4A.
The prevailing trend points towards the FCC authorising new phones a few weeks before they are launched commercially. Since Google does not manufacture a lot of different phones, such as, say Samsung, this move is ominous.
It is likely that the “G025J” will be the Pixel 4A, given that the incumbent, the Pixel 4 was codenamed “G020.” A key detail that can be deciphered from the FCC filings is that the new Google phone will not have the tiny Soli radar sensor chip that does duty on the Pixel 4.
The Soli chip is used for controlling “Motion Sense” gestures and for face unlocks. This might be good news for Indian buyers. The main reason the Pixel 4 was not launched in the country was because the Soli chip operates in the 60GHz mmWave frequency band, which the Indian government has not yet opened for commercial use. Launching the phone without activating the chip probably did not make sense for Google.
Radar technology uses millimetre wave radio frequencies, which would require disclosure to the government, and in the case of the United States, the FCC. This detail was a part of the document presented to the FCC by Google when it brought out the Pixel 4.
Leaked images of the Pixel 4A suggest that it won’t have the sensor-filled bezel of the predecessor, which in turn would help bring down the cost of the device. Some of the other leaks doing the rounds indicate that the new Pixel will have a 5.81-inch display, be powered by the Snapdragon 730, have a 12.2-megapixel rear camera, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a headphone jack. It will also reportedly get 6GB RAM, same as that on the Pixel 4.
The phone is expected to be priced in the same ballpark as the Pixel 3A, which is around $399. However, some analysts reckon that Google might be tempted to bring down the price to $349 to compete with the likes of the new iPhone SE, which is currently retailing at a starting price of $399.
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An Event That Lived Up To The Hype
Tech enthusiasts, rejoice! The much-awaited and anticipated ‘Made By Google’ event, held in New York City, gave the world of tech a lot to talk about in the days to come. If the social media reactions are to be believed, the event managed to live up to the hype and expectations.
The products launched by Google - Pixel 4 and 4 XL, Pixel Buds 2, Google Nest Mini and Pixelbook 2 - generated a lot of buzz online. If you happened to miss the event, fret not! We have made a compilation of all the major announcements that happened at the event to keep you in the loop. Read on, and get yourself up to date.