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Pixel 5 versus Pixel 4a 5G: which one should you buy?

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I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a pretty good year for consumers when it comes to the diversity of the smartphones that manufacturers have delivered. No matter what your budget is, there’s plenty to choose from.

While Google was struggling to find its place within the high-end segment over the past few years, the company decided to change up the formula a little in 2020 by abandoning the goal of delivering the perfect flagship-tier smartphone and instead focus on delivering toned-down devices that are more budget-friendly while still packing in an incredible camera and software experience. The results of their efforts are the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, two devices that offer nearly identical specs, despite there being a $200 price gap between them.

Pixel 5 & Pixel 4a 5G review: not your usual upgrade

Typically, the most expensive device would win out and a direct showdown, but the Pixel 4a 5G is so good that it may actually be a better buy when compared to the Pixel 5.

TO see which one wins out, we’ve put together a Pixel 4a 5G versus Pixel 5 comparison video to help you decide which smartphone is the better option for you.

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Google Pixel 5
  • New, unlocked Android phone gives you the flexibility to change carriers and choose your own data plan; unlocked smartphone...
  • 5G capable [2] smartphone gives you an extra boost of speed so you can download a movie in seconds, [3] enjoy smooth...
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Pixel 4a 5G
  • New, unlocked Android phone gives you the flexibility to change carriers and choose your own data plan; unlocked smartphone...
  • 5G capable cell phone gives you an extra boost of speed. So you can download a movie in seconds, enjoy smooth streaming in...

Pixel 5 versus Pixel 4a 5G & Pixel 4a specifications

Pixel 5 Pixel 4a 5G Pixel 4a
Price $699 $499 $349
Screen size 6.0-inches 6.2-inches 5.81-inches
Resolution 2400×1080 2400×1080 1080 x 2340
Density 432 ppi 413 ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
RAM 8GB 6GB 6GB
Storage 128GB 128GB 64GB
Battery 4080 mAh 3885 mAh 3140 mAh
OS Android 11 Android 11 Android 10
Rear camera Dual cameras: 12.2 MP, f/1.7, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS,
16 MP, f/2.2, 107˚ (ultrawide), 1.0µm
Dual cameras: 12.2 MP, f/1.7, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS,
16 MP, f/2.2, 107˚ (ultrawide), 1.0µm
Single camera: 12.2 MP, f/1.7, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
Front camera 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1.12µm
Bluetooth v5.0 v5.0 v5.0
NFC Yes Yes Yes
Dimensions 144.7 x 70.4 x 8 mm 169.2 x 72.6 x 8.2 mm 144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm
Weight 151g 168g 143g
Water Resistance IP68 No No
Wireless Charging Yes No No
Special features 18W fast charging, reverse wireless charging, 90Hz refresh rate display, 5G connectivity 18W fast charging, 3.5mm headphone jack, 5G connectivity 18W fast charging, 3.5mm headphone jack
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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