Google Pixel 4a (5G)

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Google Pixel 4a (5G) product description

The Google Pixel 4a 5G is the cheaper alternative to the more expensive Pixel 5. And yet it has an OLED screen, the same camera and the same software. New this year, Portrait Light. More about that you can read here.

Same chipset, bigger screen

Google has proven with the Pixel a-series that you don't have to spend a thousand dollars for a good camera phone. This Pixel 4a (5G) is the first Pixel a with 5G support. This is made possible by the Snapdragon 765G processor and that is remarkably the same chipset as in Pixel 5; the current flagship. To call the Pixel 4a 5G a Pixel 5 Lite is therefore a bit too short, because the 4a has a larger 6.2-inch OLED screen. With the same resolution but with a lower screen refresh rate of 60Hz. But because the Pixel phones are so optimised, you won't notice much of that.

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You don't need more

On the back of the Pixel 4a 5G, we find the same 12.2MP main camera as on the more expensive Pixel phones. Combined with the excellent software, you can shoot HDR photos with this camera rich in detail and with lifelike colours. A new function of the software is Portrait Light. In portrait photos, you can place an extra light, virtually, wherever you want. This way, you can expose a face exactly the way you want. It is remarkable that the rest of the expensive Pixel 5 camera has also been left intact. Think of the OIS (optical image stabilisation) and the 16MP camera with wide 117° viewing angle. By delivering the best camera performance in a cheaper phone, it provides an interesting alternative to the expensive flagships.

Main Google Pixel 4a (5G) specifications

  • 6.2-inch OLED screen with FHD+ resolution and HDR support
  • 12.2+ 16MP camera with 117° ultra-wide angle and plenty of premium camera features
  • 8MP selfie camera with fixed f/2.0 lens
  • Snapdragon 765G processor with 6GB of RAM memory
  • Large 128GB storage memory (not expandable)
  • 3885 mAh battery with 18W fast charging
  • Physical fingerprint scanner on the back
  • Stereo speakers and 3.5mm audio jack for headphones
  • 5G support for fast mobile internet

Modest battery capacity

The battery has a modest capacity with 3885 mAh. You will have to be very frugal to get thru the day. Recharging with the 18W quick charger will often be necessary. In terms of audio, the Pixel 4a 5G comes along nicely thanks to the presence of stereo speakers and a 3.5mm headphone port. This is still missing on many newer Pixel phones. Besides a physical SIM card slot, there is also an eSIM built-in. In theory, this makes it a Dual SIM phone, but then you have to find a provider that supports it. Finally, a word about the choice of materials. It is not made of glass or metal but of a coated polycarbonate (plastic). That does feel good and premium. The front is of Gorilla Glass 3 where the Pixel 5 is of sturdier Gorilla Glass 6. A few concessions that can all be well justified.


Google Pixel 4a (5G) specification summary

Dimensions 153,9 x 74 x 8,2 mm
Weight 168 gr
Code name Google Redfin
EAN code 0193575011844, 0193575011790, 0193575011783
Controls
Fingerprint recognition
Operating system
Android 11
Display
Colour display 6.2 inch, OLED, hole-punch display
Hardware
Camera 12.2 MP, 16 MP, dual camera sensor
Front camera 8 MP
Processor 1.8 GHz, 2.2 GHz, 2.4 GHz, octa core
Telephony
Dual SIM
Data network
4G (LTE)
5G
Build-in memory
Internal memory 128 GB (Storage)
Memory card slot
Power supply
Battery 3885 mAh
Fast charging

All Google Pixel 4a 5G specifications


Google Pixel 4a (5G) alternatives

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Google Pixel 4a
Samsung Galaxy S10 (G973)
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (N960)

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 Current product    
Fingerprint recognition
Android11109.0 (Pie)9.0 (Pie)8.1
Colour display6.2 inch, OLED, hole-punch display5.8 inch, OLED, hole-punch display6.1 inch, Curved Dynamic AMOLED Quad HD+, hole-punch display6.4 inch, Curved Dynamic AMOLED Quad HD+, hole-punch display6.4 inch, Infinity Super AMOLED Quad HD+
Camera12.2 MP, 16 MP, dual camera sensor12.2 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 16 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 16 MP12 MP, 12 MP, dual camera sensor
Front camera8 MP8 MP10 MP10 MP, 8 MP8 MP
Processor1.8 GHz, 2.2 GHz, 2.4 GHz, octa core2.2 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, octa core1.7 GHz, 2.4 GHz, 2.8 GHz, octa core1.7 GHz, 2.4 GHz, 2.8 GHz, octa core1.8 GHz, 2.7 GHz, Samsung Exynos 9810, octa core
Dual SIM
4G (LTE)
5G
Internal memory128 GB (Storage)128 GB (Storage)128 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage)1 TB (Storage), 128 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage)128 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage)
Memory card slot
Battery3885 mAh3140 mAh3400 mAh4100 mAh4000 mAh
Fast charging

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