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Our Google Pixel 4a vs. Google Pixel 5 guide details the differences between Google’s high-end phones and low-priced phones


If you are studying Google Pixel 4a and Google Pixel 5, you may have guessed that the more expensive Pixel 5 may perform better. The question is whether the difference is enough to make you buy a flagship Google phone, or the Pixel 4a's features are enough to satisfy you. The good news for you (and Google) is that both phones can connect to us

And the whole

List for 2021, so either way, you will get excellent equipment.

We will take you step by step to understand the sounds of these phones, pay attention to their similarities and mark the differences. We will study the hardware and software behind these Google phones, the relationship between them, and of course your budget.

If you want to know which is best for you, we will list everything below, but you can also learn more about us

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If you want a complete personal breakdown of these great Android phones,

We will start by talking about the shells of these phones. Google worked together to make the entire Pixel lineup look the same-indeed. Although there are some big differences to be aware of.

The body of the Google Pixel 4a is made of polycarbonate plastic and has one color (only black), while the Google Pixel 5 is made of metal and glass, and has added a green Sorta Sage to its color options. You will not be able to tell the difference in material from a distance, but if you hold it in your hand at close range, you will know which is a high-end mobile phone.

The case of Pixel 5 is also waterproof and dustproof, which is a feature that Pixel 4a does not have. Although, the Bluetooth resistance may want to know that Pixel 4a has a headphone jack, but Pixel 5 does not.

These phones are not big, equipped with 5.8-inch Pixel 4a and 6-inch Pixel 5 screens

List. However, these displays are different. Both are OLEDs, but compared to the 60Hz of the Pixel 4A, the refresh rate of the Google Pixel 5 is 90Hz. Among other things, this means smoother scrolling. Both have a resolution of 1080x2340, which means that the Pixel 4a actually looks a bit clearer because of its smaller screen, but the difference is so small that it is academic.

With the low-cost Pixel 4a, one of Google’s greatest victories is that it successfully achieved such excellent camera quality. There are some differences between 4a and Pixel 5, but Google tries to make the camera's software and hardware quality as consistent as possible.

Therefore, Pixel 4a is equipped with a 12.2MP f/1.7 aperture rear camera and 8MP, f/2.0 aperture front camera. This is the same as found on the Pixel 5-a notable difference is that the Pixel 5 has a second ultra-wide 16MP (f/2.2) rear lens. This means that the image quality of most snapshots should not make much difference, but you will find that Pixel 5 gives you more options, such as landscape or city photography.

On the software side (where Google really plays a role), the situation is much the same. Both Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 retain Google’s acclaimed Night Sight and Super Res Zoom features, while Pixel 5 has a few cherries on top. That is, you will find Night Sight here in portrait mode, as well as adjustable portrait lights and improved image stability.



Each feature can provide a more detailed breakdown on the photos taken on these phones.

In terms of battery, Pixel 5 has a battery capacity of 4,080 mAh, while Pixel 4a has a battery capacity of 3,140 mAh. The Google Pixel 4A should last a full day, but the Pixel 5 will have a longer lifespan-make sure you don’t get cursed for forgetting to plug in during bedtime.

Both phones have impressive fast charging capabilities, although only Pixel 5 supports wireless charging.

The Google Pixel 5 is powered by a 765G Snapdragon processor and has 8GB of RAM, while the Google Pixel 4a has a slightly lower specification combination of 730G Snapdragon and 6GB of RAM. This is enough for the Pixel 5 to see real improvements in more intense content such as games, especially when you open other apps. But for general lightweight applications, any of them will become lively enough.

Both phones have 128GB of storage space, but only the Pixel 5 can have 5G capabilities, which may make it a phone you are happy to keep for longer. In other words, there is now a

Models are available now, but are more expensive than the standard Pixel 4a (6.2 inches larger).

If you want to buy a high-priced mobile phone at a low price, or you decide to skip this generation of flagship products,

It is a good choice. Of course, you may want all the features of a flagship Google phone, and the price is still affordable compared to other brands. In this case,

Is your place to go.

Finally, it is difficult to tell which phones you should buy. The official price of the Pixel 4a is US$349/£349, while the official price of the Pixel 5 is US$699/£599. This is a big difference and it may be at your discretion.

The budget-limited Google Pixel 4A represents an excellent value-for-money feature set (especially an impressive camera).


Unless you have one

Google wants to use a 5.8-inch display instead of a 6-inch display, so it will win a head-to-head confrontation in every aspect. There may be no knockouts, but almost all features have been improved or decorated on more expensive equipment.

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