The Pixel 4a 5G is really just a cheaper Pixel 5 Lite


What’s in a name? Well, if you’re thinking about buying a new Pixel smartphone from Google, the Pixel 5 may be at the top of your list. But if you’re really not keen on spending $699 on a mid-range smartphone, the Pixel 4a 5G may be a much better option for you.

Despite the fact that the Pixel 4a 5G may sound like it’s simply a 5G variant of the Pixel 4a that launched earlier this summer, the phone’s specs and software features are a lot closer to those of the Pixel 5. In fact, the only real downgrades you’ll find is in the polycarbonate build material, 6GB of RAM rather than 8GB, a slightly-smaller 3885 mAh battery and the omission of wireless charging. Other than that, the phone is using the same SD765G chipset, adds in a 3.5mm headphone jack and comes with a larger 6.2-inch FHD+ display.

The phone even comes with the same cameras and camera features as the Pixel 5, so you’re also be getting Night Sight Portrait Mode, an ultra-wide camera on the back and a great 8MP sensor for selfies.

The main difference between the two comes down the price. The Pixel 5 costs $699 while the Pixel 4a 5G is $200 less at just $499. If you ask me, the pixel 4a 5G is the phone most people should buy, especially if you’re looking for a new device for a child in your family who may want a bit more than what the Pixel 4a has to offer.

The Pixel 4a 5G will go on sale on October 15th and will be available in whatever color you want if you buy a case for it, but the phone itself will be a soft-touch polycarbonate in Just Black.

Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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