Google Pixel 5 vs Pixel 4a 5G vs Pixel 4a: What’s the Difference?

Pixel 5 has just been announced alongside the Google Pixel 4a 5G during the company’s ‘Launch Night In’ event. The Pixel 5 takes a different approach compared to previous generation Pixel smartphones with its mid-range processor. On the other hand, the Pixel 4a 5G is, as the name suggests, a 5G variant of the Pixel 4a that was launched early in August, but it comes with a few changes over the 4G variant. So, let’s put the Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, and the Pixel 4a head to head and see what all is different.

Google Pixel 5 vs Google Pixel 4a 5G vs Google Pixel 4a: Price

The Pixel 5 starts at $699 (roughly Rs. 51,400) and is offered in Just Black and Sorta Sage colour options. It will go on sale in select regions from October 15. On the other hand, the Google Pixel 4a 5G starts at $499 (roughly Rs. 37,000) and will go on sale first in Japan starting October 15, after which it will be available in other regions from November.

Google had already stated that the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G will not come to India.

The Google Pixel 4a launched in the US for $349 (roughly Rs. 25,700) and comes in a single Just Black colour option, as well as a single 6GB + 128GB configuration. The phone will be launched in India on October 17 as recently announced by the company.

Google Pixel 5 vs Google Pixel 4a 5G vs Google Pixel 4a: Specifications

All three Pixel smartphones run on Android 11. The Google Pixel 5 features a 6-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,340 pixels) OLED display with 432ppi pixel density, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 90Hz refresh rate, HDR, and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. The Google Pixel 4a 5G features a 6.2-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,340 pixels) OLED display with 413ppi pixel density, 60Hz refresh rate, HDR, and Corning Glass 3 protection. In comparison, the Google Pixel 4a features a 5.81-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,340 pixels) OLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 60Hz refresh rate, 443ppi pixel density, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and HDR support. Under the hood, the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G are both powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoCs and while the former comes with 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM, the latter comes with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The Pixel 4a is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC, paired with 6GB LPDDR4x RAM.

In terms of photos and videos, the Google Pixel 5 as well as the Pixel 4a 5G come with dual rear camera setups that includes a 12.2-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.7 lens as well as optical image stabilisation (OIS), and a 16-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens. For selfies, you get an 8-megapixel camera sensor with an f/2.0 lens on both phones. The Pixel 4a features a single 12-megapixel camera sensor with an f/1.7 lens on the back with optical image stabilisation (OIS). For selfies, the phone has an 8-megapixel camera sensor at the front with an f/2.0 lens.

All three phones get 128GB of onboard storage that is not expandable. They also come with the same connectivity options including 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. The only difference in connectivity options is that the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G have support for 5G while the standard Pixel 4a does not. The Pixel 5 misses out on the 3.5mm headphone jack but it is present on both variants of the Pixel 4a.

Google has provided a 4,080mAh battery on the Pixel 5, a 3,885mAh battery on the Pixel 4a 5G, and a 3,140mAh battery on the Pixel 4a, all three of which support 18W fast charging. The Google Pixel 5 is the only smartphone out of the three that supports wireless charging and reverse charging. It measures 144.7×70.4×8.0mm and weighs 151 grams. In comparison, the Google Pixel 4a 5G measures 153.9×74.0x8.2mm and weighs 168 grams. Lastly, the Google Pixel 4a measures 144×69.4×8.2mm and weighs 143 grams.

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Google Pixel 4a 5G vs Google Pixel 5 vs Google Pixel 4a comparison

  Google Pixel 5 Google Pixel 4a
ModelPixel 4a 5GPixel 5Pixel 4a
Release date30th September 202030th September 20203rd August 2020
Launched in IndiaNoNoNo
Dimensions (mm)153.90 x 74.00 x 8.20144.70 x 70.40 x 8.00144.00 x 69.40 x 8.20
Weight (g)168.00151.00143.00
Battery capacity (mAh)388540803140
Removable batteryNoNoNo
Fast chargingProprietaryProprietaryProprietary
Wireless chargingNoYes
ColoursJust BlackJust Black, Sorta SageJust Black
IP ratingIP68
Body typePlastic
Screen size (inches)
Resolution1080×2340 pixels1080×2340 pixels1080×2340 pixels
Protection typeGorilla GlassGorilla GlassGorilla Glass
Aspect ratio19.5:919.5:919.5:9
Pixels per inch (PPI)413432443
Processor1.8GHz octa-core1.8GHz octa-core1.8GHz octa-core (6×1.8GHz + 2x2GHz)
Processor makeQualcomm Snapdragon 765GQualcomm Snapdragon 765GQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Internal storage128GB128GB128GB
Expandable storageNoNoNo
Rear camera12.2-megapixel (f/1.7, 1.4-micron) + 16-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.0-micron)12.2-megapixel (f/1.7, 1.4-micron) + 16-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.0-micron)12.2-megapixel (f/1.7, 1.4-micron)
Rear autofocusYesPhase detection autofocusYes
Rear flashYesYesLED
Front camera8-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)8-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)8-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)
Pop-Up CameraNoNo
Operating systemAndroid 11Android 11Android 10
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothYes, v 5.00Yes, v 5.00Yes, v 5.00
USB Type-CYesYesYes
Number of SIMs22
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYes
4G/ LTEYesYes
Face unlockYesYes
Fingerprint sensorYesYesYes
Compass/ MagnetometerYesYesYes
Proximity sensorYesYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYesYes