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How Google Pixel 4A's specs compare with its rivals: iPhone SE 2020, Galaxy A51

At $349, Google's new Pixel 4A is cheaper than Apple's and Samsung's competing phones.

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Google's Pixel 4A has a plain, polycarbonate body and a 5.81-inch OLED display.

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Google took the wraps off its second-generation Pixel 4A phone last month (also announcing the Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5), joining Samsung's Galaxy A51 and Apple's new iPhone SE in the increasingly crowded budget-friendly segment. For $349, you get a 3,140-mAh battery, a headphone jack and a standout 12-megapixel camera that CNET's Lynn La says in her review of the Pixel 4A "raises the bar for how good a budget phone's camera can be." 

At that price, the Pixel 4A undercuts its closest competitors, the iPhone SE and the Galaxy A51, by $50. 

But Apple's and Samsung's recent budget offerings are popular for good reason. The 2020 iPhone SE rocks Apple's top-of-the-line A13 Bionic processor, also found in its fancy iPhone 11 Pro . Apple's proprietary chipset comfortably outperformed the Pixel 4A's Snapdragon 730G in our benchmark tests. The iPhone SE 2020 also has an IP rating for water and dust resistance, which the Pixel 4A lacks.

Pixel 4A: Plain looks, but a great price and camera

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The Galaxy A51, meanwhile, sports the largest battery of the pack (4,000 mAh) along with a more versatile quad-camera setup that includes a wide-angle shooter. That's a feature not present in the Pixel 4A or the iPhone SE. For more information, check out the chart below, where we compare the three phones' specs.

Read more: Pixel 4A specs vs. Pixel 3A vs. Pixel 4 vs. Pixel 4 XL: What's new and different?

Google Pixel 4A vs. rivals

Google Pixel 4AApple iPhone SE (2020)Samsung Galaxy A51 (4G)
Display size, resolution 5.81-inch OLED; 2,340x1,080 pixels4.7-inch LCD; 1,334x750 pixels6.5-inch FHD AMOLED; 2,400x1,080 pixels
Pixel density 443ppi326ppi405ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.7x2.7x0.3 in5.45x2.65x0.29 in6.24x2.90x0.31 in
Dimensions (millimeters) 144x 69.4x8.2mm138.4x67.3x7.3mm158.5x73.6x7.9mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 5.04 oz; 143g5.22 oz; 148g6.07 oz; 172g
Mobile software Android 10iOS 13Android 10
Camera 12.2-megapixel (standard)12-megapixel (wide-angle)48-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 5-megapixel (macro), 5-megapixel (depth-sensing)
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel7-megapixel32-megapixel
Video capture 4K4K4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GApple A13 BionicSamsung Exynos 9611 processor (Octa-core)
Storage 128GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB128GB
RAM 6GBNot disclosed6GB
Expandable storage NoNoUp to 512GB
Battery 3,140 mAhNot disclosed, but Apple claims it has the same battery life as the iPhone 84,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor BackHome buttonIn-screen
Connector USB-CLightningUSB-C
Headphone jack YesNoYes
Special features Dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)Water-resistant (IP67); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging15W fast charging
Price at launch (USD) $349$399 (64GB), $449 (128GB), $549 (256GB)$400
Price (GBP) £349£419 (64GB), £469 (128GB), £569 (256GB)£329
Price (AUD) AU$599AU$749 (64GB), AU$829 (128GB), AU$999 (256GB)AU$599
Watch this: Camera test: iPhone SE vs. Pixel 4A