This Could Be the Pixel 4A, and It Has a Hole-Punch Display
January 1, 2020 Andrew Cheng

The Google Pixel 4 series may not have met the expectations of folks, but it seems like things are looking better for the (supposed) Pixel 4A. 91Mobiles, in collaboration with prominent leaker OnLeaks, published renders of what the Pixel 4A could look like. Compared to the Pixel 4, the more budget-friendly 4A is noticeably a lot sleeker.

This is thanks to the lack of bezels at the top of the display, which is said to be 5.7-inch or 5.8-inch in size. Instead, the Pixel 4A has a hole-punch cutout at the top left corner of the screen. The result? A much more modern-looking smartphone, though some would argue it looks generic and iterative.

Given the absence of the thick bezel at the top of the screen that the Pixel 4 had, there’s a good chance the Pixel 4A won’t come with Motion Sense; a feature enabled by Google’s Project Soli. After all, the sheer size of the Pixel 4’s top bezel was necessary to house the Motion Sense radar chip.

And of course, there’s also the fact that the Pixel 4A – if Google is even considering to release such a device – is meant to be budget-friendly. In order to drive down the price of the smartphone, we wouldn’t be surprised if Motion Sense is cut.

Plus, it’s not exactly a “killer feature” to begin with. We reckon most consumers won’t miss it.

Anyway, the unofficial renders also show off other rumoured details of the Pixel 4A, including a single rear camera. Despite not having the second camera sensor of the Pixel 4, the renders suggest that Google will still stick with the square camera module. Apparently, the module will house “more sensors,” though OnLeaks didn’t get into much detail beyond that.

Also of note is the return of the 3.5mm headphone jack at the top of the Pixel 4A, along with the same orange-accented power button found on the Pixel 4. On the back, there’s also a physical fingerprint sensor, so there is a chance Face Unlock won’t be available on the 4A. After all, the Pixel 4 doesn’t have any fingerprint sensor, relying exclusively on facial recognition for its biometric security.

These are interesting details on a possible Pixel 4A, though it’s worth noting that we still don’t know if the phone is in development or not. Granted, OnLeaks does have a good track record of being accurate in the past, so we’ll just have to wait and see. If the Pixel 4A is really happening, it could be announced sometime in May this year at Google I/O 2020.