We gave the Pixel 4a 5G a score of 86 and it actually has a lot in common with the more expensive Pixel 5. The subtle differences in the finish of the smartphones and the camera setup tell you which one is which, and the biggest noticeable difference between the two is the Pixel 4a’s larger 6.2-inch 1080 x 2340 OLED display. Both have fingerprint sensors on the back and run on a Snapdragon 765G processor, although the 4a 5G has 6GB of RAM while the Pixel 5 has 8GB. The Pixel 4a 5G also has a socket. headphones, which will be useful for those who have not yet made the transition to wireless headphones.
The Pixel 4a 5G impressed us with its smooth performance and remarkably long battery life (up to 17.5 hours in our testing). The newly added second ultra-wide lens in the rear camera array gives you a more versatile telephoto option than previous Pixel smartphones. You’ll also get all the latest camera software from Google on this device, which includes features like Night Sight mode for low-light photos, portrait light, and new stabilization modes for video recording.
The main features of the Pixel 5 that the Pixel 4a 5G does not have are wireless charging, IP68 water and dust resistance, and support for sub-6Ghz and mmwave 5G systems. These are all useful features for any smartphone, but they’ll set you back an extra $ 240 for now. Most people will probably do just fine with the Pixel 4a 5G’s feature set, which makes it a good deal if you’re looking to save a bit on an updated Android phone.
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