announcement earlier this year, but it wasn't until late September 2020 when the next true Google flagship was officially unveiled. Taking the mantle from the Google
left. The two heavily criticized devices were discontinued way earlier than expected, which was mot certainly a result of all the bad press surrounding them.
Hold those horses, partner, as the differences between the regular and the 5G-enabled Pixel 4a are not as evident as you might think: the new device is not merely a Pixel 4a with just 5G on deck. Here's a brief list with all expected changes followed by some in-depth explanations on what's different and what's mostly the same:
Google Pixel 4a 5G vs Pixel 4a: All the differences
|Pixel 4a 5G||Pixel 4a|
|Display||6.2" OLED||5.8" OLED|
|Processor||Snapdragon 765G||Snapdragon 730|
|Camera||12.2MP + 16MP ||12.2MP|
|Connectivity||5G Sub-6/Sub-6 + mmWaved, 4G LTE||4G LTE|
Google Pixel 4a 5G vs Pixel 4a: Pricing and release date
In spite of our wishful thinking, Google simply can't keep the price of the Pixel 4a 5G
as affordable as the Pixel 4a's $349 price tag. The bevy of new features and mostly hardware changes have commanded a higher $499 price for the Pixel 4a 5G
, but that's still sensible for an upper mid-range device. What's more, the price tag of the new Pixel 4a 5G is certainly making it a great value for money and probably the best overall phone in Google's 2020 roster.
Now, the differences in the release date are pretty obvious: the Pixel 4a is already available on Google's own store as well as on many online retailers, while the Pixel 4a 5G will be released on October 19, 2020.
Google Pixel 4a 5G vs Pixel 4a: Design
First things first, the Pixel 4a 5G closely follows the general design language of the Pixel 4a. The only big difference is the size of the new phone itself. The Pixel 4a 5G will be the largest new Pixel phone released in 2020, surpassing the Pixel 5 by a fair margin. Meanwhile, the regular Pixel 4a will remain the most compact phone in Google's current lineup.
There will be no water or dust resistance on the Pixel 4a 5G, but that's okay, as the Pixel 4a is devoid of these as well. Still, a punch-hole display and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner are common on both the Pixel 4a and the Pixel 4a 5G.
Google Pixel 4a 5G vs Pixel 4a: Display
It seems that Google has decided to enlarge the Pixel 4a 5G
by nearly half an inch in comparison with the regular Pixel 4a. The new device is reportedly rocking a 6.2-inch screen, while the Pixel 4a stood at 5.8 inches. The resolution will be unchanged at 1080 by 2340 pixels. Another feature that remains unchanged is the OLED display, for which we're more than thankful.
The Pixel 4a 5G is unlikely to sport a 90Hz high refresh display, which will remain an exclusive feature of the Pixel 5. The Pixel 4a has a regular 60Hz display as well.
Google Pixel 4a 5G vs Pixel 4a: Hardware
The differences continue in the hardware section as well. Unlike the Pixel 4a, which is powered by the Snapdragon 730, the Pixel 4a 5G uses a much more potent chipset, the Snapdragon 765G, which is powering many upper mid-range devices with 5G connectivity on deck. Interestingly, that's the same chipset that will reportedly make the Pixel 5 click ant tick as well. There are reportedly 6GB of RAM on the new Pixel 4a 5G, which is the same as on the Pixel 4a.
With the larger display comes a bigger battery as well: the new Pixel 4a 5G will most likely come with a 3,880mAh battery, which should help it achieve a better battery life than the Pixel 4a with its 3,140mAh battery. As a refresher, the latter offers admirable battery life, often upwards of 8 hours of screen-on time, so the Pixel 4a 5G likely won't disappoint either.
Google Pixel 4a 5G vs Pixel 4a: Camera
The Pixel 4a 5G comes along with two cameras. The 12.2MP dual-pixel F1.7 main camera has large 1.4 μm pixels; meanwhile, the 16MP ultra-wide F2.2 angle camera will capture stunning landscapes with its smaller 1.0 μm pixels. Focusing is ensure by dual pixel phase detection. The front-facing punch-hole camera is an 8MP one and has a decent enough 83-degree field of view. In comparison, the Pixel 4a comes with a single 12.2MP camera, which is almost similar to the one found on the previous Pixel 3a
. We don't expect any major changes in the selfie camera department.
Here are the official Pixel 4a 5G camera samples released by Google itself:
Google Pixel 4a 5G camera samples
Here are a bunch of sample Pixel 4a photos that should you give an idea what to expect from the Pixel 4a 5G. Feel free to also check out our Pixel 4a review
for more camera samples.