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Leaked Google Pixel 4a (5G) prototype shows how glass or aluminium models could have looked

The Pixel 4a (5G) is expected to have a polycarbonate back. (Image source: John Lewis)
The Pixel 4a (5G) is expected to have a polycarbonate back. (Image source: John Lewis)
A leaked Pixel 4a (5G) prototype has shown that Google may have been experimenting with glass and aluminium versions of the device. As it stands, Google is expected to release the Pixel 4a (5G) with a plastic back, as it has with the Pixel 4a.

A photo of a Pixel 4a (5G) prototype has sprung up online, reputedly originating from Vật Vờ Studio. Vật Vờ Studio and @chunvn8888 claim the image is of a Pixel 5 prototype, but the inclusion of a headphone jack suggests that it is a Pixel 4a (5G) instead. The design of both devices has already been revealed, but that is not the point of intrigue with this image.

Seemingly, it shows that Google had been prototyping multiple back panels for the Pixel 4a (5G), including a glass one. Google has released glass-backed smartphones for years, but it is not expected to do so this year. @chunvn8888 claims that the other half of the prototype is aluminium, which would have been unusual for a Pixel smartphone.

Google has apparently gone for a polycarbonate back for the Pixel 4a (5G), though. A Snapdragon 765G chipset is expected for the device too, as is a 6.2-inch OLED screen and 6 GB of RAM. Leaked marketing renders have confirmed that Google will definitely release the Pixel 4a (5G) in black, but a white model is also rumoured to be making an appearance. Google will announce the Pixel 4a (5G) on September 30 for US$499.

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The rumoured Pixel 4a (5G) prototype. (Image source: Vật Vờ Studio)
The rumoured Pixel 4a (5G) prototype. (Image source: Vật Vờ Studio)
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Alex Alderson, 2020-09-25 (Update: 2020-09-26)