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Pixel 4A vs. Pixel 3A vs. Pixel 4 vs. Pixel 4 XL: All the specs you should care about

Google's newest budget phone is here. Here's how it stacks up against the rest of the Pixel range.

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Update, Aug. 17, 2021: Google has unveiled the Pixel 5A with 5G, which we have reviewed. Original story follows.

After a delayed launch and months of leaked teasers, Google's Pixel 4A finally arrived in August. The second-gen budget Pixel was officially unveiled for $349 (£349, AU$599). This year, however, Google didn't launch a 4A XL, which would have been a direct successor to the Pixel 3A XL. Instead the 4A sits alongside the Pixel 4A 5G and upcoming Pixel 5.

Read more: How Google's Pixel 4A specs compares to its rivals: iPhone SE 2020, Galaxy A51

The Pixel 4A features a 5.8-inch OLED screen and a sizable 3,140-mAh battery. Its star feature is the camera, which is the same one found on the pricier Pixel 4. There isn't a second telephoto lens, like you'll find on the Pixel 4, but it'll let you zoom in up to 7x. Apart from being hundreds of dollars cheaper, the Pixel 4A also includes a headphone jack and lacks both water-resistance and wireless charging. For specific numbers, scroll down for a look at CNET's specs chart or read our in-depth review of the Google Pixel 4A.

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Compared to the Pixel 3A, which was launched last May as an offshoot to the flagship Pixel line, the Pixel 4A has a stronger processor (Snapdragon 730G versus Snapdragon 670) and twice as much storage (128GB versus 64GB). Despite those improvements, it starts at $50 less than its predecessor at launch.

Pixel 4A specs vs. 3A vs. Pixel 4 vs. 4XL

Google Pixel 4AGoogle Pixel 3AGoogle Pixel 4Google Pixel 4 XL
Display size, resolution 5.81-inch OLED; 2,340x1,080 pixels5.6-inch OLED; 2,220x1,080-pixels5.7-inch OLED; 1,080x2,280 pixels6.3-inch OLED; 1,440x3,040 pixels
Pixel density 443ppi441ppi444ppi537ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.7x2.7x0.3 inches6.0x2.8x0.3 inches2.7x5.7x0.3 inches2.9x6.3x0.3 inches
Dimensions (Millimeters) 144x69.4x8.2 mm151.3x70.1x8.2 mm68.8x147.1x8.2 mm75.1x160.4x8.2 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.04 oz; 143g5.19 oz; 147g5.7 oz; 162g6.8 oz; 193g
Mobile software Android 10Android 9.0Android 10Android 10
Camera 12.2-megapixel (standard)12.2-megapixel (standard)12.2-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (telephoto) 12.2-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel8-megapixel8-megapixel8-megapixel
Video capture 4K4K4K4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GQualcomm Snapdragon 670Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Storage 128GB64GB64GB, 128GB64GB, 128GB
Expandable storage NoNoNoNo
Battery 3,140 mAh3,000 mAh2,800 mAh3,700 mAh
Fingerprint sensor BackBackNoNo
Headphone jack YesYesNoNo
Special features Dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)AR in Google Maps, Timelapse video shootingSoli motion sensing and touchless gestures; 90Hz display; water resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless chargingSoli motion sensing and touchless gestures; 90Hz display; water resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging
Price at launch (USD) $349$399$799 (64GB), $899 (128GB)$899 (64GB), $999 (128GB)
Price (GBP) £349£399£669 (64GB), £769 (128GB)£829 (64GB), £929 (128GB)
Price (AUD) AU$599AU$649AU$1,049 (64GB), AU$1,199 (128GB)AU$1,279 (64GB), AU$1,429 (128GB)