Google Pixel 4a Codenamed Sunfish, to Be Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC: Report

Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC notably does not support 5G connectivity.

Google Pixel 4a Codenamed Sunfish, to Be Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC: Report

The successor to the Google Pixel 3a is expected to arrive in mid-2020

Highlights
  • Google Pixel 4a is due to launch in mid-2020
  • The device could be powered by the Snapdragon 730
  • The Redmi K20 is a notable device with the same chipset

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were launched in mid-2019, and were well received for their camera capabilities. However, they were widely considered to be a bit on the expensive side, particularly because of the hardware powering the devices; both phones ran on the dated Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset. Google is reportedly working on the successor to the Pixel 3a series, with the Pixel 4a expected to launch in mid-2020. A new report now suggests that the series will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor.

According to a report by XDA Developers who did some intelligent detective work, Google Pixel 4a will be powered by the nearly one-year-old Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset. An earlier report showed that the device codenamed ‘Sunfish' was to be powered by the Snapdragon 730, although it was not confirmed what this device would be called at launch.

The new report now ties the ‘sunfish' codename to the official launch name of Google Pixel 4a, although XDA Developers was not in a position to share specific evidence on how it reached the conclusion. The publication is usually very accurate in these matters, so it's likely that this will be proven to be true when the Google Pixel 4a is launched later this year.

As the name suggests, the Pixel 4a will be the successor to the Pixel 3a (Review). It will be a upper mid-range smartphone and could be priced at around the same as the Pixel 3a series - that is, around Rs. 35,000 at launch. The focus will be on the software and camera, although the Snapdragon 730 chipset will provide for impressive performance as well. The chipset is notably also present on the Redmi K20 (Review), which was launched soon after the Pixel 3a.


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Ali Pardiwala writes about audio and video devices for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for a decade now. Ali is a Senior Reviewer for Gadgets 360, where he has regularly written about televisions, home entertainment, and mobile gaming as well. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on email at alip@ndtv.com, so do send in ...More
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