Pixel 4A 5G review: If you want affordable 5G, you want this phone

Again in August, Google unveiled the Pixel 4A, an reasonably priced $349 (£349, AU$599) cellphone with a wonderful digital camera. Quick-forward to in the present day and the corporate has launched its major flagship, the Pixel 5, and a 5G model of the Pixel 4A, aptly referred to as the Pixel 4A 5G. This cellphone not solely connects to the next-gen cell community; it additionally has a second, ultrawide digital camera, a much bigger show and battery and a barely extra highly effective processor. Naturally, the additional {hardware} goodies imply the cellphone prices extra, at $499 (£499, AU$799).

The worth bump is value it, particularly if 5G is offered in your space otherwise you’re getting ready for its arrival. The Pixel 4A 5G’s stable battery life, incredible twin rear cameras, dependable efficiency and strong software program help from Google additionally make it a worthy alternative amongst different 5G phones, just like the Motorola One 5G ($445 at Best Buy), which can obtain just one main OS replace.

And whereas it is simple to be tempted by the $699 (£599, AU$999) Pixel 5, I would nonetheless lean towards the Pixel 4A 5G. True, Google’s marquee handset does have engaging options like a 90Hz show, wi-fi charging and reverse wi-fi charging. However exterior of these variations (plus just a few extra that I am going to describe beneath), the 2 Pixel telephones share the identical cameras, processor and common feel and look. When you’re wanting to save cash, the Pixel 4A 5G is not fairly value that additional $200. 

Due to the similarities between the Pixel 4A 5G and the Pixel 5, make sure you try PJDM’s Pixel 5 review for extra particulars on each telephones’ cameras and Android 11 software program. In any other case, learn on to know concerning the Pixel 4A’s key spec variations, design and efficiency.

Pixel 4A 5G vs. Pixel 5: What is the distinction?

To see what makes all the 2020 Pixel telephones and the Pixel 4 ($390 at Back Market) completely different from one another, try this full spec-by-spec rundown. You’ll be able to watch PJDM’s video, a Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5 spec comparison, for a deep dive on simply the 2 new Pixel telephones, too. In any case, the primary takeaways concerning the Pixel 4A 5G and the Pixel 5 are:

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Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G spec comparability


Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5 variations

Pixel 4A 5G Pixel 5
Show 6.2 inches 6 inches
Headphone jack Sure No
Battery 3,800mAh 4,000mAh
Refresh price 60Hz 90Hz
Waterproof No Sure (IP68)
Wi-fi charging No Sure
Reverse wi-fi charging No Sure

Pixel 4A 5G’s larger display screen and funds seems

Apart from the Pixel 4A 5G’s barely larger dimension, it seems practically similar to the Pixel 4A. They each have a clean, matte design made out of polycarbonate, or plastic. Whereas I do like that it has a hole-punch digital camera show and thinner bezels than final 12 months’s Pixel 4, total the Pixel 4A 5G nonetheless feels as “funds” because the Pixel 4A. It undoubtedly lacks the high-gloss, elevated seems of its rivals, just like the Motorola One 5G and the lustrous LG Velvet ($600 at AT&T).

The cellphone’s show is sharp and vibrant, and straightforward to view in direct daylight. Like most telephones, the Pixel 4A 5G’s show refreshes at 60 frames per second. If you need the next refresh price, which makes scrolling by means of information feeds and webpages really feel smoother and peppier, the Pixel 5 and the Motorola One have 90Hz shows. And nonetheless different telephones have 120Hz screens, just like the OnePlus 8 ($699 at Amazon) and Galaxy S20, however they value way more. 


The Pixel 5 (left) and the bigger Pixel 4A 5G.

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Pixel 4A 5G efficiency and battery

The Pixel 5 and 4A 5G have a Snapdragon 765G processor. It is a slight improve from the Pixel 4A’s Snapdragon 730G chipset, however not as highly effective as many different high-end telephones, together with the Pixel 4’s Snapdragon 855 processor. Nonetheless, the Pixel 4A 5G is speedy and scored comparable benchmark numbers to different gadgets with the identical chipset, just like the Motorola One and LG Velvet. Have in mind the Pixel 4A 5G additionally has much less RAM than the Pixel 5 (6GB in contrast with 8GB), however between the 2 I did not discover any distinction in efficiency for day by day duties like launching the digital camera and opening apps.

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

The Pixel 4A 5G has a 3,800-mAh battery, which has been observably nice up to now. It lasted greater than 24 hours and not using a cost with delicate utilization. I keep in mind again in 2019, the Pixel 4’s battery drained noticeably quick by means of the day. Fortunately, that is not taking place with this cellphone. Battery assessments on the Pixel 4A 5G for steady video playback on Airplane mode clocked a mean of 22 hours, 30 minutes. That is practically the identical because the LG Velvet, which has a 4,300-mAh battery. The Motorola One’s huge 5,000-mAh battery outlasted each telephones, nevertheless, with practically 25 hours. When you’re actually fearful about battery life, although, the Pixel 4A 5G has a brand new Excessive Battery Saver mode that severely limits app utilization to increase battery life. 

Pixel 4A 5G spec comparability

Google Pixel 4A 5G Google Pixel 4A Motorola One 5G LG Velvet Google Pixel 5
Show dimension, decision 6.2-inch FHD+ OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels 5.81-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels 6.7-inch LCD; 2,520×1,080 pixels 6.8-inch OLED; 2,460×1,080 pixels 6-inch FHD+ OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels
Pixel density 413ppi 443ppi 409ppi 395ppi 432ppi
Dimensions (inches) 6.1×2.9×0.Three in 5.7×2.7×0.Three in 6.61×2.91×0.35 in 6.58×2.92×0.31 in 5.7×2.8×0.Three in
Dimensions (millimeters) 153.9x74x8.2mm (Sub-6 solely) 153.9x74x8.5mm (mmWave + Sub-6) 144×69.4×8.2mm 168x74x9mm 167.2×74.1×7.9mm 144.7×70.4x8mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.93 oz; 168g (Sub-6 solely) 6.03 oz; 171g (mmWave + Sub-6) 5.04 oz; 143g 7.41 oz; 210g 6.35 oz; 180g 5.33 oz; 151g
Cellular software program Android 11 Android 10 Android 10 Android 10 Android 11
Digicam 12.2-megapixel (customary), 16-megapixel (ultrawide) 12.2-megapixel 48-megapixel (major), 5-megapixel (macro), 8-megapixel (ultrawide), 2-megapixel (depth digital camera) 48-megapixel (customary), 8-megapixel (wide-angle), 5-megapixel (depth-sensing) 12.2-megapixel (customary), 16-megapixel (ultrawide)
Entrance-facing digital camera 8-megapixel 8-megapixel 16-megapixel (major), 8-megapixel (ultrawide) 16-megapixel 8-megapixel
Video seize 4K 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Storage 128GB 128GB 128GB 128GB 128GB
Expandable storage No No As much as 1TB As much as 2TB No
Battery 3,800mAh 3,140mAh 5,000 mAh 4,300mAh 4,000mAh
Fingerprint sensor Rear Rear Facet In-screen Rear
Headphone jack Sure Sure Sure Sure No
Particular options 5G-enabled; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); quick charging Twin-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); quick charging 5G-enabled, TubroPower charging, Macro digital camera ring flash, HDR 10, 90Hz-refresh-rate show 5G-enabled; waterproof (IP68); wi-fi charging, Quick Charging 4.0 5G-enabled; waterproof (IP68); 90Hz-refresh-rate show; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); reverse wi-fi charging; quick charging
Worth off-contract (USD) $499 $349 $445 (AT&T), TBD (Verizon) $600 (AT&T), $700 (Verizon) $699
Worth (GBP) £499 £349 Converts to about £341 Converts to about £460 £599
Worth (AUD) AU$799 AU$599 Converts to about AU$618 Converts to about AU$830 AU$999

*costs are at launch

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