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Google just leaked the Pixel 4a on its own website

Published Jul 13th, 2020 4:26PM EDT
Pixel 4a Release Date
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  • The Pixel 4a release date announcement is nowhere in sight, with a leaker claiming the phone could be unveiled in early August.
  • But Google did leak a partial press render of the Pixel 4a handset, publishing the image on the product page of a different product.
  • The Pixel 4a render shows a design that matches previous leaks, from the hole-punch display to the rear-facing camera and fingerprint sensor.

Google is bracing for what might turn out to be a disastrous year for the Pixel.

The Pixel 5 won’t be the Android flagship you may have expected this year, and the more affordable Pixel 4a is nowhere in sight. On top of that, the novel coronavirus health crisis is still ongoing. Delays might continue to hinder Google’s launch plans for the Pixels. And sales might suffer as a result of the ongoing economic crisis. But Google just leaked the phone you might want to buy right now but can’t, as it’s still delayed.

Google posted the image above on the Canadian version of its online store on the Nest WiFi pages. The accidental leak does reveal a few exciting details about the handset.

First of all, we know this is part of the Pixel 4 series because of the wallpaper. But this isn’t a Pixel 4 model, considering the all-screen, hole-punch display and the rear-facing single-lens camera module and rear-facing fingerprint reader. As a reminder, the Pixel 4 is much uglier, because it features an advanced 3D face recognition system on the top and a Soli radar. The components forced Google to use an actual bezel at the top. Also, the Pixel 4 features a dual-lens camera and lacks a fingerprint sensor.

The May 12th date on the screen suggests that Google wanted to unveil the handset during its Google I/O 2020 developers conference. The event wasn’t moved online, as other tech companies did with the various keynotes they had scheduled. Google scraped it completely. We thought at the time that Google would just announce the Pixel 4a via a regular press release but never happened.

A May announcement stopped making sense the minute Apple launched the $399 iPhone SE. That was the rumored price point for the Pixel 4a series, but the iPhone SE is a much better device than the Pixel 4a when it comes to hardware. Reports that followed said the Pixel 4a would cost $349 and feature more storage than the iPhone SE.

In the weeks that followed, we got several reports detailing several delays for the handset. Most recently, it was well-known leaker Jon Prosser who took to Twitter to note that the rumored July 13th launch date is no longer valid. This could explain Google’s accidental Pixel 4a on its Canadian website.

The next Pixel 4a announcement date is August 3rd, Prosser said. He signaled previous Pixel 4a delays as well. A different report said a few days ago that Google is preparing three distinct phones for 2020: Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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