Google Pixel 4a vs Pixel 4a 5G vs Pixel 5 – How Do They Compare?

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 09/30/20 •  4 min read

Long story short, Google just dropped its new flagship: the Pixel 5. However, along with the fifth-generation Pixel, the company also unveiled a new Pixel 4a called the Pixel 4a 5G.

We can bet you can tell what the difference is there.

But just how do all three phones stack up against each other? Let’s take a look.

Google Pixel 4a vs Pixel 4a 5G vs Pixel 5 Quick Comparison

Google Pixel 4a vs Pixel 4a 5G vs Pixel 5 – How Do They Compare?
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Design

Winner? Pixel 5 – Design-wise the Pixel 5 reigns supreme thanks to its all-glass body–and that beautiful sage color option.

Displays

Winner? Pixel 5 – A million to one contrast ratio is up to ten times better than what the other two phones have.

CPU/Processor

Winner? Draw between the 4a 5G and 5 – Both use the exact same Snapdragon 765G SoC.

Camera

Winner? Draw between the Pixel 4a 5G and 5 – The Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 finally both have dual-lens rear cameras.

Google Pixel 4a vs Pixel 4a 5G vs Pixel 5 – How Do They Compare?
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Storage Options

Battery Life

Winner? Pixel 5 – The wireless charging feature is a must in 2020. It’s baffling the other two don’t sport it.

Price

Verdict?

The obvious loser here is the Pixel 4a. It’s obvious the phone is so 2019. It lacks 5G, it lacks a dual-lens camera, and it’s got a slower processor. What the Pixel 4a does offer is a nice price tag. At just $349 it’s a compelling buy for what it is.

However, the real competition is between the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G. Both sport 5G and the same dual-lens rear camera setup. But the Pixel 5 wins out on some fronts, including the gorgeous glass body, the wireless charging, and the extra gigabytes of RAM.

Is that worth an extra $200? Honestly, I’m not so sure. After all, for two hundred bucks less, the Pixel 4a 5G gets you 5G and that dual-lens setup. It also features the same CPU. Given that, I’m calling the Pixel 4a 5G the winner this time around.

Google Pixel 4a vs Pixel 4a 5G vs Pixel 5: Specs

Google Pixel 4a vs Pixel 4a 5G vs Pixel 5 – How Do They Compare?
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Here are the specs for the Pixel 4a:

Here are the specs for the Pixel 4a 5G:

And here are the specs for the Pixel 5:

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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