Technology: Verizon's mmWave version of the Pixel 4a 5G costs $100 extra

Google teases a new Pixel 4A 5G that will start at $499

  Google teases a new Pixel 4A 5G that will start at $499 The Pixel 4A is just the beginning of Google's 2020 Pixel plans.While not much is known on either device, Google does confirm that both will have support for 5G and will be available "this fall" in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Australia.

Earlier today, Google announced the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, both of which Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) will carry. But if you want to purchase the latter through the carrier, you’ll have to pay $600 or $25 per month on a two-year Verizon Device payment plan to get the device. That’s $100 more than the $499 Google plans to sell the Pixel 4a 5G through its website when the phone goes on sale next month.

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You can chalk up the price hike on the fact Verzion’s version of the phone, the Pixel 4a 5G UW, has additional radios and antennas to take advantage of the carrier’s mmWave 5G buildouts. If you live in a city with mmWave coverage, you’ll get access to blazing-fast download speeds, but finding those areas can feel like a scavenger hunt. Here’s the other thing. For a $100 more, you can buy the Pixel 5 through Verizon and get a phone with a bigger battery, IP68 water resistance, Qi wireless charging, a 90Hz display and more RAM. Oh, and it too can connect to Verizon’s mmWave network.

At least for the time being, Verizon will be the only way you’ll be able to get the Pixel 4a 5G in white, with a footnote on Google’s website noting the unlocked variant will only be available in black at launch.

Verizon will begin taking pre-orders for the Pixel 4a 5G UW on October 29th, with general availability starting on November 19th. In the meantime, you can pre-order the Pixel 5 through the carrier today.

The Pixel 4a 5G Is Hands Down the Best $500 Phone .
The Pixel 4a 5G is an interesting phone, because on the outside it’s as plain as can be. But just like the Millennium Falcon, she’s got it where it counts. The Pixel 4a 5G is also somewhat awkwardly named, having more in common with the Pixel 5 than its smaller sibling, the standard Pixel 4a. So even though I want to call it the Pixel 5 Lite with its largish 6.2-inch OLED screen, that’s not quite right either. However, titles and names aside, I can tell you that on the Pixel 4a 5G, Google has smartly allocated resources toward the features and components that really matter, and the result is a nearly ideal $500 phone.

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