Pixel 4a XL back cover shows the dual camera that could have been

Peter, 29 May 2020

Someone is selling а “Google Pixel 4a XL replacement back cover” on eBay, never mind that this phone was never officially announced – and according to the latest rumors, it never will be. So, here are photos that were sent to 9to5Google for a look at what could have been.

You should be pretty familiar with the Pixel 4a by now – we’ve seen anything from hands-on videos to camera photo shoots. We’ve made our peace with the fact that the 4a will have a single camera, but check out the XL case.

3.5mm headphone jack on top and fingerprint reader on the back 3.5mm headphone jack on top and fingerprint reader on the back
3.5mm headphone jack on top and fingerprint reader on the back

It looks almost exactly like the Pixel 4 camera with two lenses, an LED flash and a spectral/flicker sensor. This isn’t a Pixel 4, of course, the hole for the fingerprint reader on the back is quite telling, as is the hole on top for the 3.5mm jack. These are two things the premium Pixel does not have.

Now, this is clearly just a prototype of the Pixel 4a XL meant to test things. Was Google really going to give the smaller 4a a less capable camera? Or were there plans for a Pixel 4a with a dual camera?

Pixel 4a XL back cover Pixel 4a XL back cover
Pixel 4a XL back cover

Even if there were, it’s not happening now – the 4a is expected to launch on July 13 alone and with a single camera on its back. It will be pretty affordable, with the 128GB model reportedly selling for $400 (and there’s a possibility for an even cheaper 64GB phone).

Evidence shows that the Pixel 5 will use a Snapdragon 765 chipset and cost $700 (that’s $100 less than the Pixel 4). This may have been a case of “three is a crowd” as a Pixel 4a XL would have had a hard time finding a place between the 4a and 5.

By the way, earlier today 3D renders of the Pixel 4a XL surfaced, here’s what it would have looked like next to its smaller sibling:

Pixel 4a XL back cover shows the dual camera that wasn't meant to be

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  • Anonymous

Speak for yourself. Some people have decent disposable incomes - I have a OnePlus 8 Pro, an iPhone XS Max and a Pixel 4XL sitting on my desk, none of which I use. I use a P30 Pro. Why? I have an average income, but my house is paid for, my c...

  • Anonymous

700 USD flagship with a good camera sounds like a great idea actually. plus you get better updates, better security and no additional spyware

  • Anonymous

Google will be more successful in the phone business if it gives up its greed. How does Google show greed? Let me count the most glaring 4 ways: 1. Not only do Pixel phones have ZERO micro sd expansion, but they also offfer at most, a cripple...

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