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Google Pixel 4a launches in India, takes on the OnePlus Nord

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  • The Pixel 4a was first announced in August 2020.
  • Powered by a Snapdragon 730G, the phone has the same main camera as the flagship Pixel 5.
  • The phone goes on sale for Rs 29,999 starting October 16.

Google’s mid-range Pixel 4a was first announced back in August, and the company had promised that the phone will launch in India later in the year. True to its claims, the Pixel 4a is finally making its debut on Indian shores, two months after its global launch.

The Pixel 4a is powered by a Snapdragon 730G chipset paired up with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Users get a 5.81-inch OLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 as well as a 3,140mAh battery that can be fast charged at 18W.

The real upsell, of course, is the superlative imaging experience offered by the sole 12.2MP camera as we talk about in our Pixel 4a review.

Google goes lower on pricing

What comes as a surprise, however, is Google’s aggressive pricing of the Pixel 4a in India. The phone will retail at Rs 31,999 (~$435) in India with introductory pricing set at Rs 29,999 (~$410) when the phone goes on sale starting October 16 over at Flipkart.

This is in sharp contrast to previous launches. The Pixel 3a, for example, debuted at Rs. 39,999 (~$545) in the country which made it a bit of a non-starter amidst tough competition.

The Pixel 4a’s aggressive pricing in India pits it right against the OnePlus Nord. While the latter has more powerful hardware like a Snapdragon 765G chipset and more RAM, the Pixel 4a counters it with a clean Android build, three years of quick updates, and of course, the flagship-grade camera.

Google Nest Audio on top of coffeetable with a book and pair of Google socks

Elsewhere, Google is also introducing its latest smart speaker, the Nest Audio, in India. The redesigned speaker outputs 75% higher volume and 50% more bass. The Nest Audio is priced at Rs 7,999 (~$110) in India with an introductory discount bringing it down to Rs 6,999 (~$95). Both the Pixel 4a and Nest Audio will be available on Flipkart as well as offline retailers like Reliance Retail and Tata Cliq.


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