8.7/10
Informr score
The Google Pixel 4a currently has an Informr score of 8.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 48 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Inexpensive
  • Great display
  • Great camera

What's bad

  • Not Waterproof
  • Battery life
  • No Micro SD support

The Google Pixel 4a is Google’s latest mid-tier release. But as competition in the mid-tier market picks up, a good phone is all about cutting costs in smart places. Did Google make the right choices with their latest Pixel release?

Design

The Google Pixel 4a’s design is simple but effective. It has a matte black finish and a one-piece shell that’s almost bezel-less. It comes in looking small but has a surprising amount of screen real estate.

Display

The OLED screen is one of the sharpest and most color accurate in its price range. Reviewers had no issues with dim screens or muddy graphics. They loved the immersion of the sharp, bright screen.

Tom’s Guide says, “The 5.81-inch, full-HD panel in Google’s new midrange phone delivers bold yet realistic color, and gets surprisingly bright as well.”

Performance

While the device’s specs might indicate slowness or frame drops, reviewers raved about the phone’s performance. No, it won't keep up with a smartphone twice its price. But for the price, it was alarmingly good. Some gamers might be disappointed as it seems to struggle with more beefy games but it’s plenty of phone for those everyday tasks such as checking email, scrolling through social media, or chatting with friends.

Tech Radar states, “It can handle any app or game that you run, but you may find that some take a second or two longer to load than you'd like, especially big online games or intensive applications.”

Software & Storage

Google Pixel 4a runs on Android 10. As a Pixel phone, it also comes at least 3 years of extra updates. So it will be at the leading edge of Android releases for some time. 128GB of storage also offers more than enough room for most people. However, the phone doesn’t include a Micro SD option.

Cameras

The cameras for this phone have been hailed one of the best in a mid-budget phone. Deeper shadows and brighter highlights make it very eye-catching. You may find some noise when zooming into a photo but overall, reviewers praised the phone’s camera for its color and sharpness.

Battery Life

Battery life for the phone was middling. It wasn’t good, nor was it awful. You won’t find any fancy features -- like wireless charging -- but the battery should last the day in most cases.

Audio

The audio was also lacking, but that’s kind of expected of a mid-range smartphone. On the upside, the phone includes a headphone jack. So whether you prefer a more intimate listening experience or you’re in a noisy room, you can plug in headphones and fix most of the issues reviewers had with the speakers.

Wired said, “The dual speakers are sufficient if you're in a quiet room, but introduce some ambient noise and you'll quickly be reaching for your headphones. Watching a video in the noisy outdoors of New York, I had to crank the volume up to the max, and it still wasn't too easy to discern dialog.”

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 5.81-inch, full-HD panel display
  • Octa-core 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • Android 10
  • 128GB of storage
  • 12.2MP camera/ 8MP selfie lens
  • 3140mAh battery

Bottom Line

While it’s not likely that this phone will be the one to conquer them all. It’s still impressive for a mid-range smartphone. What the phone does, it does extremely well. With a camera that takes great shots and a beautifully sharp screen, there’s not a lot to be disappointed in.

Wired says, “At a time when millions of people are out of a job, this phone is a third the price of many high-end models, yet it will do everything you need. If you need a new phone, save some money and get on with more important things in your life.”

Android Authority states, “The Google Pixel 4a doesn’t have a 120Hz display. It doesn’t have the latest Snapdragon processor or multiple rear cameras, but with the Pixel 4a, none of that matters. The Pixel 4a is an affordable way to access one of the best versions of Android, with support and features that you can only get from Google.”

Tech Radar remarks, “The compact size, clean interface and great point-and-shoot camera of the Pixel 4a will appeal to those looking for an affordable, reasonably sized handset with enough grunt to handle the basics, plus the ability to capture some excellent pictures.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
5.81"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Good Gear Guide

If you don’t want an iPhone and you’re on a budget, then the Pixel 4a is a tremendous option. For less than six hundred dollars you get a superlative camera, guaranteed three years of software support, all-day battery life, and clean Android software with exclusive features in a phone that you can h...

- Henry Burrell, Good Gear Guide
Android Community

Using the Pixel 4a firsthand makes it easy to forget sometimes, that you are using a phone that is so affordable. It definitely feels a lot more premium in certain aspects for the price you pay for it. Of course, there are compromises made in many other aspects but those are outweighed by the featur...

- Radhika Seth, Android Community
Android Authority

Who knows — maybe after the Pixel 5 is here I’ll have second thoughts and want to go back to the Pixel 4a. As a Pixel fan, having the option to choose between one good Pixel or another good Pixel isn’t something I’m familiar with. These phones usually have one or two major things wrong with them. Th...

- Jimmy Westenberg, Android Authority
Android Guys

It’s an excellent option for pretty much any consumer. It’s affordable enough to add a few to your family plan yet powerful enough to keep you from repeating this one year from now.

- Scott Webster, Android Guys
Recombu

Google Pixel 4a is a small phone that’s easy to recommend. It has a camera we’d pay more than double for, a great screen and enough power to get the job done. It ditches some luxuries, but for £349 we’re not going to complain too much.

- Max Parker, Recombu


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Screen Size
5.81"

The Google Pixel 4a's screen size is 5.81 inches with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 (8 nm) Octa-core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3140mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3140 mAh battery.

Pixel 4a Specs

Overview
Release date August 20, 2020
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
LTE:
700/800/850/900 /1500/1800/1900/2100/2300/2600 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 (8 nm) Octa-core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3140 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Just Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.4 x 6.94 x 0.82 cm (5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 143 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel density 443 pixels
Size 5.81 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, HDR, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Google G025J

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