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Get your first look at a real Pixel 4a prototype

The Pixel 4a probably won’t hit the market for at least two months, but a prototype of Google’s next budget flagship has already leaked. When we last looked at the Pixel 4a, our access to the images was only due to early renders from OnLeaks (which turned out to be right on the money!). This new batch of leaks contains the first real photos and video of the phone in action. We’ve got pictures from @techdroider on Twitter and a video from TecnoLike Plus.

As expected, we’re getting a mid-range phone with a Samsung-style hole-punch display, a rear fingerprint reader, and a Snapdragon 730. The specs for this prototype device (which could be slightly different from the final version but probably won’t be) include 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a headphone jack (!), and a 5.81-inch, 60Hz 2340×1080 OLED display. The video lists a 3080mAh battery—that’s actually bigger than the one in the more expensive Pixel 4, which went out the door with an anemic 2800mAh battery. One part of the settings lists two SIM cards, but before you jump to the conclusion that the phone has two physical SIM slots, this could also be a new way to list the one physical SIM slot and the eSIM capabilities that have been on the last few Pixels.

The back features a similar design to the Pixel 4, with a square camera block in the top-right corner. It looks like there’s only one 12MP camera on the back, though, so it’s mostly just for show. We also see a wacky made-up logo on the back instead of the usual Google “G.” Google’s prototypes always seem to feature a weird logo as an indication that this isn’t a final product.

It’s hard to say what will happen with the Pixel 4a’s launch date. Like the Pixel 3a, it was probably scheduled to launch during Google I/O, in May. With Google I/O now canceled and the new coronavirus running amok across the world’s supply chains, every hardware launch is kind of up in the air. We’ve already seen reports that Apple is mulling delays for some products, Nintendo is expecting Switch shortages, and upcoming game console launches and VR headsets are not looking good, either. Nikkei reported last month that Google was moving Pixel 4a production from China to Vietnam, but that move didn’t save Nintendo from Switch shortages. It doesn’t matter where you assemble your product if you can’t get any parts for it.

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Tech – Ars Technica

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