Pixel 4a vs. Pixel 3a :Which is better ?

Last week Google announced Pixel 4a , which is a budget oriented Pixel line up phone. But nonetheless Pixel 3a is still a good buy. In this post we would be having a Pixel 4a vs. Pixel 3a comparison , so that you can decide which smartphone can be yours next.

Pixel 4a vs. Pixel 3a


Feature Pixel 3aPixel 4a
SoCSnapdragon 670Snapdragon 730G
Display5.6″ 1080×2220 OLED 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Dragontrail glass5.81″ 1080×2340 OLED, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 3
Rear camera12.2 MP, f/1.8, 1.4µm12.2 MP, f/1.7, 1.4µm
Front camera8MP, f/2.0, 1.12µm8MP, f/2.0, 1.12µm
Battery3,000 mAh3,140 mAh
SoftwareAndroid 10Android 10
ConnectivityWi-Fi 2.4GHz + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE (HD codecs: AptX, AptX HD), NFCWi-Fi 2.4GHz + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.1 +LE, (HD codecs: AptX, AptX HD, LDAC, AAC), NFC
Headphone jackYesYes
Dimensions151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm
ColorsJust Black, Clearly White, Purple-ishJust Black

As from the above table you can see that the Pixel 4a variant comes only in 12 gigs of memory and with 2 GB of extra RAM then its predecessor. If we see the camera specs its same on paper , but when we get hands on it then only it would be possible to compare the picture quality.

Pixel 4a vs. Pixel 3a
Pixel 4a vs. Pixel 3a

Pixel 4a comes in only one colour ie Just Black and weighs 4 grams less then Pixel 3a. The 3a and 4a both have fingerprint sensors on the back, but the 4a’s can be hard to find by feel. It’s much less distinct than the 3a, which had a hard plastic body. The 4a is soft-touch plastic, and it gets pretty greasy-looking.

Android Software

The all new Pixel 4a comes with Android 10 preinstalled , so the software is very similar to what you get on a fully updated 3a. However, there are a few new features. Perhaps most exciting for the AP team, Google’s new Assistant finally works when you have G Suite accounts logged into your phone. The “new” Assistant debuted on the Pixel 4 last year with quicker processing and better contextual commands. It’s a much better experience than Assistant on other phones.

Live Caption launched on the Pixel 4 last year, and it eventually came to the Pixel 3a. The Pixel 4a has that as well, but it debuts a new Live Caption capability. If you have Live Caption enabled, it will transcribe your phone and video calls in addition to media. It even works in third-party apps like Facebook Messenger. Similarly, the Recorder app launched last year with the option to quickly transcribe meetings or lectures. With the 4a, Google has added Assistant integration, so you can start, stop, and search your recordings by voice. The 4a also supports exporting transcriptions to Google Docs.

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But majority of the people take Pixels due to just two reasons: Camera and the Software update. But as we have seen earlier the camera specs are nearly same but as we all know, the magic of Google’s cameras is in the software. We have much more about 4a photography in the review and photo gallery post. Feature-wise, Google has brought the dual-exposure sliders from the Pixel 4 to the 4a. That allows you to compose shots in the viewfinder to compensate for unusual lighting or just to create an artsy snap. Again, this feature might come to the 3a in an update.


Well if you are using an old pixel maybe Pixel 2 or Pixel 3, Pixel 4a is a worth upgrade on papers. But if you are on Pixel 3a, We recommend to wait for Pixel 5. If you are thinking to buy Pixel 4a , you can check our whole coverage here on prices and availability.

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