The “cheap” generation of the Google Pixel saw a new member born with the recent arrival of the Pixel 4a. This makes us wonder if there are actually so many differences from its brother from last year, the Pixel 3a. For this reason we wanted to compare both terminals to see their main differences on paper and to know if there are big changes or not.
The Google Pixel 4a and Pixel 3a are the two cheap mobiles from Google par excellence. However and as we will see later, at the moment there is a conflict in the official prices of both devices, which clearly tip the balance towards the new model, making it not worth betting on the previous generation.
Screen and dimensions
The first thing that strikes us is that the Pixel 4a has slightly increased the size of its screen, reaching up to 5.81 inches, compared to 5.6 inches of the Pixel 3a. In a world where almost all of your competition far exceeds 6 inches, we could call these sizes “compact.” The two panels have OLED technology and FullHD + resolution.
We see a slight change in the screen ratio, being 19.5: 9 on Pixel 4a and 18.5: 9 on Pixel 3a. This is because Google has almost completely changed the design of the front of the Pixel 4a compared to its brother. In this sense, the frames rush much more and even the front camera is housed in a hole and not in an upper frame. In addition, this good work by Google can be seen even in the dimensions of both terminals.
Good work from Google
The new Pixel 4a has a weight of 143 grams and 8.2 millimeters thick. The Pixel 3a matches this thickness, but it is a somewhat heavier terminal with its 147 grams. We must once again applaud the good work of Google in this regard, because in addition, and as we will see later, the Pixel 4a’s battery is larger, which always contributes to increasing weight and thickness and not decreasing it. Another difference to keep in mind is that the Pixel 4a is protected by Gorilla Glass 3, while the Pixel 3a did the same with Dragontrail, Corning’s most direct competition. It should be noted that only the Pixel 4a supports HDR technology.
Processor and memory
When lifting the hood, we find the logical evolution of the passage of time between both terminals. The Pixel 4a sports a more modern Snapdragon 730G, vs. Snapdragon 670 of the Pixel 3a. In addition, the new terminal houses 6GB of RAM compared to its brother’s 4 GB of RAM. Storage memory has evolved too in the Pixel 4a up to 128 GB compared to the 64 GB of the Pixel 3a, but in neither of the two phones it is expandable via microSD cards. The ability to read and write to the internal memory is also faster in the new model thanks to the UFS 2.1 standard compared to the eMMC 5.1 memory of the Pixel 3a.
The performance of the new model
In terms of performance, we can ensure that the difference is notable between both generations. You just have to take a look at a performance testing program such as AnTuTu. In this case, the Pixel 4a reaches 275,000 points, while the Pixe 3a stays at 159,000.
In the cameras we hardly find evolution from one mobile to another. The two offer a similar 12.2 megapixel rear sensor, albeit with a slight difference in aperture, being f / 1.7 on the Pixel 4a versus f / 1.8 on the Pixel 3a. Also, the two can record video at the same quality, reaching 4K resolution at 30fps. In the front sensor we also see that the 8 megapixel sensor is maintained, with which both can record at a maximum of 1080p at 30 fps.
Both have advanced functions such as autofocus and phase detection with Dual Pixel technology or electronic and optical stabilization. They also have Night Vision, Portrait Mode or HDR +. However, the Pixel 4a has a extra function, which will not be integrated into the Pixel 3a. We’re referring to the dual exposure feature, which allows Pixel 4a owners to use two sliders in the viewfinder, to adjust shadow levels and the other to control overall exposure.
Connections and battery
As for their connections, they are fortunately kept by the 3.5mm headphone jack and have NFC connectivity. Notwithstanding the standard Bluetooth is more advanced in the new model with version 5.1 compared to the 5.0 of the Pixel 3a. The USB-C port is 3.1 in the Skin 4a compared to the 2.0 standard of the Pixel 3a, it is another of its differences to take into account. The fingerprint sensor is still in the back, so there has been no evolution in this regard.
If we find a little difference in the battery, since the Pixel 4a reaches 3,140 mAh, compared to 3,000 mAh of the Pixel 3a. Both support 18W fast charging technology. Of course, both have Android 10 inside and are guaranteed three years of operating system updates according to Google policies.
Incoherence of prices
When we take a look at the prices of both devices we find a latent inconsistency at the moment that makes the scale clearly fall on the side of the Pixel 4a. The new model is priced at 389 euros, Meanwhile he Pixel 3a remains at an official price of 399 euros. Both are in stock on the Google website, although we do not know how long last year’s model will remain before being discontinued.