Like most other companies, Google runs consumer questionnaires to gage reactions to future products and decisions. One such survey has emerged today that describes the Pixel 4a — down to size — and how a “Premium Google Pixel Phone” could be differentiated by the company.
This Google Pixel survey comes from a Reddit user today and comes after the company had conducted a questionnaire prior to the launch of the Pixel 2. There’s no way to link the origin directly to Google, but given the material and history, it’s probable.
It begins by asking, “if these were your only choices, which of these smartphones would you choose to buy from Google Pixel? “The first column is called” Google Pixel Phone “that has the following functions:
- A radically helpful phone from Google
- Durable plastic body
- Includes a 3.5mm headphone jack
- Starting at $349 (or $14.54/mo)
We posted on Alphabet Scoop just last week that the Pixel 4a would cost 128 GB for $349. The device has meanwhile leaked enough to confirm the repeated presence of a headphone jack and plastic body. The first bullet point appears to be the one-line phone / tier summary, with that “radically helpful” line previously used for the 3a, reflecting features such as the new Google Assistant and Call Screen.
Meanwhile, a “Premium Google Pixel Phone” description doesn’t reveal any features other than what’s available today. New software features debut on this phone in terms of the annual update cycle, before rolling out to other Google and Android devices. Meanwhile, on this year’s 4a, wireless charging and IP water resistance are not looking to be present.
- The best flagship Google phone
- First access to the latest Google features and innovation
- Best in class camera, wireless charging and water resistance
- Starting at $699 (or $29.13/mo)
Of course what is especially eye-catching is the price of $699, which is $100 cheaper than today’s Pixel 4. Google will be bucking the trend in a industry where phones are approaching $1,000. The company looks not to use this year’s flagship Snapdragon 865 processor as we said. Google could also reduce the price by cutting more experimental features, as we learned too:
Another interesting thing about this Google survey is how it frames the 4a device frame is the canonical “Google Pixel phone,” while the “premium” label is the flagship. That’s not happening this year with the 4a — at least, but it’s an fascinating possibility about how Google’s cheapest phone could be the one it’s promoting more heavily.