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Google Pixel 4a is a best-seller despite its mediocre hardware and delayed release

The Pixel 4a is already a best-seller on Amazon and Best Buy despite its delayed release. (Image source: Google)
The Pixel 4a is already a best-seller on Amazon and Best Buy despite its delayed release. (Image source: Google)
The Pixel 4a may have unsurprising specifications, but it is proving popular on websites like Amazon and Best Buy. The device is so popular, in fact, that is currently one of the best-selling smartphones on the two eCommerce platforms in the US. The Pixel 4a retails for US$349.
Alex Alderson,

Google most definitely took its time with announcing the Pixel 4a. For whatever reason, Google seemingly postponed the announcement of the device by three months, with marketing imagery suggesting that May 12 had been scheduled as an original release date. It may seem odd for Google to persist with using May 12 on its marketing renders, but the delayed release of the Pixel 4a has not hurt sales of the device in the US.

Currently, the Pixel 4a is the best-selling smartphone on Best Buy in the US. The device has fallen behind the Moto G Power on Amazon US, but it was briefly the best-selling device on Amazon too. On Best Buy, the new iPhone SE remains one of the best-selling smartphones, while the Moto G Stylus and Moto G Fast are proving popular on Amazon US, as is the Redmi Note 9 Pro. The Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are among some of the best-selling smartphones on both websites too, despite their high prices.

We should point out that the Pixel 4a is currently unavailable to order from Amazon. However, it can be purchased from Best Buy and other retailers, including the Google Store.

The device has a 5.8-inch OLED panel powered by a Snapdragon 730 chipset and 6 GB of RAM. 128 GB of storage is also on board, as are two cameras. The Pixel 4a lacks water resistance and Motion Sense among other Pixel-exclusive features, though. The Pixel 4a is only available in one colour and one variant, which is a step down from the Pixel 3a. The device has a slightly larger battery than its predecessor, with Google having included a 3,140 mAh cell in this year's model. Overall, it would seem that the ordinary specifications of the Pixel 4a have not deterred people from picking up Google's latest handset. 

(Image source: Best Buy)
(Image source: Amazon)
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Alex Alderson, 2020-08- 8 (Update: 2020-08- 8)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.