Google unveils Pixel 4a smartphone developed by team in Taiwan

08/05/2020 10:23 PM
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Taipei, Aug. 5 (CNA) Google Inc. launched its Pixel 4a Tuesday via videoconferencing and began accepting pre-orders for the new smartphone, which was developed by a Taiwan-based team.

Priced at NT$11,990 (US$408), the new model is the company's cheapest offering in its current line-up and will go on sale Sept. 10 in Taiwan.

Speaking during the video press conference, Google Vice President of Hardware Elmer Peng (彭昱鈞) said the company's Taiwan-based team played an important role in the launch of the first Pixel product this year.

Peng said the rapidly growing Google team in Taiwan was in charge of designing and developing the new phone and other hardware.

In collaboration with Google's headquarters in the United States, the team was able to deliver the Pixel 4a, despite the disruption in the global supply chain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

The Pixel 4a, powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor, comes with a redesigned 5.81-inch full OLED screen and runs on a 3140mAh battery.

The hole-punch 8-megapixel front camera is a new feature compared to earlier Pixel models, which have the camera above the screen.

The new model, which has retained the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, has 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM, according to Google.

Later this year, the company said, it plans to launch its first 5G smartphone models -- the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5, which will carry a price tag of NT$15,990 (US$544.6) and over.

During the press conference, Google also said it has updated its Live Caption feature, an automatic captioning system that was available only via the Chrome browser but now works on video and voice calls.

Google has expanded its operations in Taiwan since it acquired HTC Corp.'s smartphone ODM assets at a cost of US$1.1 billion in January 2018.

(By Jeffrey Wu and intern Meryl Kao, Grace Hu and Eden Wang) enditem/pc

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