Google’s fall hardware event ended this afternoon after a breezy 30 minutes of rapid-fire product announcements, with the stars of the show being the new Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A with 5G. Google now has three primary smartphones; two midrange ones (one with 5G and one without) and one flagship. That’s a refreshingly simple lineup, compared with some of the messier, more bloated offerings from competitors.
But that doesn’t mean choosing between the devices is necessarily clear-cut. The 4A 5G is not just a 4A with a different modem; the two phones have some key hardware differences, making the Pixel 4A 5G more of a Pixel 5 alternative than a budget phone. The three devices, grouped together, hit price points of $349, $499, and $699, so choosing which one is the right fit for you is best done by comparing all the specs.
Conveniently, Google has made a handy chart for doing so, with much of the information, plus some other key specs we feel are important, more neatly organized below:
Google Pixel 5 vs. Pixel 4A with 5G vs. Pixel 4
|Category||Pixel 5||Pixel 4A with 5G||Pixel 4A|
|Screen||6-inch flexible OLED display at 432 ppi||6.2-inch OLED display at 413 ppi||5.8-inch OLED display at 443 ppi|
|Refresh Rate||90 Hz||60 Hz||60 Hz|
|Resolution||1080 x 2340||1080 x 2340||1080 x 2340|
|Battery||4080 mAh||3885 mAh||3140 mAh|
|Front Camera||8 megapixels||8 megapixels||8 megapixels|
|Rear Camera||12.2-megapixel dual-pixel (16-megapixel ultrawide)||12.2-megapixel dual-pixel (16-megapixel ultrawide)||12.2-megapixel dual-pixel|
|Camera Features||Night Sight, Portrait Light, Cinematic Pan, Live HDR+||Night Sight, Portrait Light, Cinematic Pan, Live HDR+||Night Sight, Live HDR+|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G|
|Audio||Stereo speakers, USB-C audio||Stereo speakers, USB-C audio, 3.5mm headphone jack||USB-C audio, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Colors||Green, Black||White, Black||Black|
|Operating System||Pre-loaded with Android 11||Pre-loaded with Android 11||Pre-loaded with Android 10|
|Availability||October 15th (outside US), October 29th (US)||October 15th (Japan), November (outside Japan)||Available now|
So, you can see that there are some key compromises made for the Pixel 4A 5G, like a lack of wireless charging, a smaller battery compared with the Pixel 5 (but larger than the standard Pixel 4A), no water resistance, and a lower refresh rate for the display.
But it’s nice to know you’re not just paying $150 more for the ability to access 5G networks — you’re getting all the same camera features and an identical processor to the pricier Pixel 5, too.