Following the success of its budget smartphone series—Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL—Google will reportedly come out with two affordable smartphones in 2020. However, unlike the Pixel 3a series, the upcoming smartphones, which are supposedly called Pixel 4a models, will be different from each other with network connectivity.
According to a report, one of the Google 4a devices will come with 5G connectivity, while the other will work on 4G networks. Apparently, the 5G edition of Pixel 4a will cater to markets in the US, Europe and a few countries in Asia, where the 5G network is gaining momentum. The 4G edition might be released in other price-conscious markets with a slightly lower price bracket.
Tipped by a twitter user
A Twitter user called @akes29 has tipped XDA-Developers about the code names of the upcoming Google devices, he has discovered. Following the lead, XDA-Developers dug through the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and the latest Pixel 4 firmware. They found three device names that are expected to be launched in 2020. XDA-Developers has also found out the respective SoCs the devices will come powered with.
According to the report, the upcoming Pixel-branded smartphones will appear in the market with codenames reading sunfish, Redfin, and Bramble.
Sunfish, Redfin, and Bramble
The Sunfish variant of Pixel phone will come powered by the sm7150 platform, the codename of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 730 SoC. The Snapdragon 730 SoC is a popular chipset which has been used in popular smartphones like Samsung Galaxy A71 and Realme XT and offers 4G connectivity.
The Redfin is based on the sm7250 alias Snapdragon 765 mobile platform. The upper mid-range SoC from the house of Qualcomm came with 5G connectivity and was announced in late 2019. The Redfin version runs on Android 10 out-of-the-box. It is being developed by FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn.
The Bramble will also use Snapdragon 765 SoC and is still going through the development process with Android 10 and the upcoming Android 11.
Renders leaked recently
A few ago, some renders of Pixel 4a were leaked by @onleaks and 91Mobiles. The images revealed that the upcoming Pixel smartphone will sport a punch-hole style display. However, the punch-hole style selfie camera will sit on the top left corner of the screen. The leak also mentioned that the Pixel 4a display size will measure either 5.7-inch or 5.8-inch and will house USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio out port besides having speaker grille on either side of it. The rear side will sport a square camera module and pack a single camera sensor.
Google's earlier affordable series of Pixel smartphones Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL come in different display sizes and received mixed results. While the Pixel 3a has experienced amazing sales records across the globe, the big display variant Pixel 3a XL is still struggling in the market.
Besides, Google would also come up with its 2020 flagship device Pixel 5. But, until now there is nothing much available till now in the rumour mill. But since the release date of Pixel phones, which is sometime in September, it's too early to know about the upcoming Pixel 5.
However, we expect that with Pixel 5, Google would come out of the battery disasters experienced by Pixel 4 users. , Pixel 5 is also likely to go with 6 GB RAM, 5G connectivity and an OLED display with in-display fingerprint recognition.
We also think that Google would pack an extra ultra-wide lense in Google Pixel 5 and 5 XL to win hands down in any department of smartphone photography. The Android 11 powered smartphone would also pack an enhanced Titan M security chipset to offer state-of-the-art device security.