Erica Flores

It looks like Google’s Pixel 4A is almost ready, and …

“Where is Google’s Pixel 4A?” That’s the question we asked you two weeks ago, which brought you up to speed on how Google had apparently lost the typical window to launch its fully leaked follow-up to the company’s impressive but short-lived Pixel 4 flagship. But a new presentation. The FCC statement today, discovered by XDA-Developers, suggests that the more affordable Pixel 4A is close.Technically, it is not a fact that Google’s recently cleared phone by the Federal Communications Commission is actually the Pixel 4A, nor that Google announce it soon, if at all. All we know for sure is that the Google “G025J” can now be sold in the United States, and that we typically see the FCC licensing such phones shortly before they become official. Google doesn’t make many phones, and it seems likely that since “G020” stands for Pixel 4, a “G025” would be something of a half-step successor.

Oh, but I lied, we can deduce something else from the FCC filings: This phone will surely not have Google’s little Soli radar sensor chip for “Motion Sense” gesture controls and faster face unlocks. Why do I say that? ? That radar technology uses millimeter wave radio frequencies, which would have to be disclosed in these FCC documents … and they are not. They appeared in Pixel 4 FCC submissions as appearing between 58 and 63.5GHz. But it’s not like previous leaks suggest the Pixel 4A would have Soli, and it’s unclear where the sensor would have lived – the leaked images suggest that the new phone won’t have the same sensor-filled bezel as the Pixel 4 to begin with. Here’s everything else we think we know about the Pixel 4a thus far, including its rumored 5.81-inch display, processor, battery, camera, and the return of the headphone jack and fingerprint reader.

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