The Google Pixel 4a was introduced earlier this week. It’s the company’s newest mid-range handset that borrows elements from its flagship sibling, loses some top-end features, and is easily repackaged into a cheaper phone.
In 2019, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL marked the first time Google tried this affordable mobile phone strategy and it clearly felt it appropriate to do so again in 2020. Except for one thing; We only have the Google Pixel 4a, with no extra large model for those looking for a bigger screen.
Why isn’t there a Google Pixel 4a XL? A Google spokesman told TechRadar: “With no frames on the display, we can now fit more displays into a compact form factor.
“We think 5.8”
What does that mean?
So you shouldn’t expect a Google Pixel 4a XL to debut later alongside the already confirmed Pixel 4a 5G, which will land later in the year. Originally there were rumors that there would be a bigger variant of the phone, but as time got closer to the launch, there were more suggestions that we would only get one device.
Maybe Google was experimenting with the idea of a Pixel 4a XL. In the explanation above, the company explains why it did not want to include two different device sizes for 2020.
What the statement doesn’t make entirely clear is that this will be the first Google phone to feature an all-display front.
Even the Pixel 4, which cut back the black bars on the top and bottom of the Pixel phones, had a larger forehead than the Pixel 4a to accommodate the front-facing camera.
For the Pixel 4a, Google installed a pinhole camera in the upper left corner of the display. This has allowed the screen to stretch further up and make the display bigger without having to enlarge the body of the phone.
Exact sales figures for the Pixel 3a XL aren’t provided by Google, but the company had its best year ever for Pixel shipments in 2019. This is despite rumors of poor Pixel 4 sales.
This is likely because the company expanded into new territories and, of course, new price ranges with its Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Did poor sales lead Google to cancel the oversized model of its cheaper device? We’ll probably never know for sure.
Does the lack of an XL sibling on the Pixel 4a mean we might only see one model of the Google Pixel 5? That’s also unclear right now, but if the company doesn’t think there’s a market for a larger Pixel 4a, it may well be making a similar decision for the XL series for the Pixel 5 as well.