21 May 2020
UPDATE (May 4th, 2020):
The upcoming Pixel 4a has surfaced in a new set of CAD renders leak shared by Pigtou, an online publication. These leaks corroborate what we have heard and seen about the product design so far. The phone has a punch-hole display with slim bezels on all four sides. The back panel has a single rear camera housed within a square-shaped module. It has a traditional fingerprint scanner followed by "G" logo at the bottom. The power button is on the right side and 3.5mm headphone jack is at the top.
UPDATE (April 10th, 2020):
Google Pixel 4a retail box has emerged a new leak hinting towards an imminent launch. The alleged retail box has the same design and feel as we have started to expect from Pixel lineup products. It has a signature White color with an image of the phone's back panel showing the camera setup. There is "G" and "Pixel 4a" branding at the top that shows that the box is intended for the upcoming mid-range phone.
UPDATE (March 9th, 2020):
Pixel 4a has appeared in a new set of real-life images tweeted by TechDroider. These images also corroborate the design we have seen in all leaks so far. It means the same punch-hole display and a single camera shooter on the back. The rear camera module is square-shaped. It has a physical fingerprint scanner in the center of the back panel. Although, it is unknown whether it is the final product design or one of the prototypes.
UPDATE (March 4th, 2020):
Alleged Pixel 4a real-life images have leaked online showing what the device would look like. There are two images that offer a look at the device's front and back panel. The overall design of the phone looks similar to what we have seen in previous renders and design concepts. The front panel has a bezel-less design and a punch-hole design which has become a common design trend. As for the back panel, it shows a single camera setup and an LED flash. One can also see a traditional fingerprint scanner in the center followed by the "G" logo at the bottom.
Original (February 21st, 2020)
Google started Pixel lineup with focus only on flagship phones but last year, it made a slight change to the strategy by announcing mid-range variants Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. These were basically affordable variants of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL respectively. The new phones were unveiled at Google I/O 2019 in May and it is expected to launch their successors at this year's Google I/O.
It means we are about three months away from the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL launch but as expected, they have already surfaced in a bunch of reports and leaks. Now, a Dutch publication LetsGoDigital has shared a few Pixel 4a design concepts based on the information shared by the rumor mill so far. These concepts give us an idea of what the next-gen Google mid-range might look like.
The biggest design change is that Pixel 4a sports a punch-hole display panel. It is the first time we are seeing any Google phone offer such a display as it has previously stuck with either notches or full, thick bezels. It is undoubtedly a welcome change as punch-hole displays are the current trend among smartphones.
The back panel has the same square-shaped camera module we saw with the Pixel 4 series. The major difference is that the Pixel 4a is said to come with only a single shooter. This could be disappointing for many as at least dual cameras are expected from modern mid-range smartphones. But it is Google and one should not get too worried about the camera performance and photo quality. The phone also has a fingerprint scanner on the back panel.