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Pixel 4A 5G serves up a bigger screen and a familiar look

Though it looks similar to the Pixel 4A, the Pixel 4A 5G features a bigger display, a larger battery and two rear cameras.

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Google Pixel 4A 5G

Back in August, Google unveiled the Pixel 4A, an affordable $349 (£349, AU$599) phone with an excellent camera. More recently, the company released the Pixel 4A 5G, a slightly larger phone with, you guessed it, 5G connectivity. The device costs more and launched alongside the Pixel 5.

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Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G

The Pixel 5 (left) costs $699 (£599, AU$999), but both phones have the same cameras, processor and general look and feel.

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Google Pixel 4A 5G, Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A

With a 6.2-inch display, the Pixel 4A 5G (left) is the largest device among all three 2020 Pixel phones. 

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Google Pixel 4A 5G, Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A

Another size comparison of all three Pixel phones. The Pixel 4A is on top and is the smallest with a 5.81-inch display.

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Google Pixel 4A 5G

Like most phones, the Pixel 4A 5G's display refreshes at 60 frames per second. If you want a higher refresh rate, which makes scrolling through news feeds and webpages feel smoother and peppier, the Pixel 5 has a 90Hz display. 

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Google Pixel 4A 5G

Aside from the Pixel 4A 5G's slightly bigger size, it looks nearly identical to the Pixel 4A. They both have a smooth, matte design made out of polycarbonate, aka plastic.

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Google Pixel 4A 5G

The Pixel phones run Android 11 and there isn't a huge amount of new software things we haven't already seen since the OS has been rolling out. That includes Dark Mode, Quick Controls, a built-in screen recorder and Google Assistant.

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Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G

While both phones use the USB Type-C port for file transferring and charging, only the Pixel 4A 5G has a headphone jack.

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Google Pixel 4A 5G

The phone is equipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor and a 3,800-mAh battery. Battery tests on the Pixel 4A 5G for continuous video playback on Airplane mode clocked an average of 22 hours, 30 minutes.

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Google Pixel 4A 5G

The phone features a 12-megapixel standard camera and a 16-megapixel ultrawide camera on the back.

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Google Pixel 4A 5G

On the front is an 8-megapixel camera. 

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Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G

Another look at the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G. 

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Google Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 4A

The Pixel 4A (front) only comes in black, while the Pixel 4A 5G comes in both black and white.

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Google Pixel 4A 5G, Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A

Though the Pixel 4A 5G (left) costs $150 more than the Pixel 4A (right), it may be worth it. On top of being able to connect to the next-gen mobile network, it has that second, ultrawide camera, the bigger display and battery and a slightly more powerful processor.

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Google Pixel 4A 5G

To see what makes all of the 2020 Pixel phones and the Pixel 4 different from each other, check out this full spec-by-spec rundown. You can watch CNET's video, a Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5 spec comparison, for a deep dive on just the two new Pixel phones, too. 

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