After a lot of delays, Google finally unveiled its new smartphones today, Google Pixel 5 & the Google Pixel 4a 5G. Now this time, Google is changing its strategy a bit because unlike last year’s Google Pixel 4, which was the company’s flagship for 2019, the Pixel 5 packs a mid-range chipset.
In fact, both the Pixel 5 & Pixel 4a 5G have the same SOC, i.e., the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G so this is also pretty interesting since there is a price difference of $200 between them! While the Pixel 4a 5G is priced at $499, you’ll have to spend $699 for the Pixel 5.
Design-wise, both the phones look the same since both have a hole-punch design on the front & the same dual-camera setup design on the rear. Both have a rear-facing fingerprint scanner. Now, one of the ways to differentiate the Pixel 5 from the Pixel 4a 5G is by looking for a 3.5mm headphone jack since only the Pixel 4a 5G has that. Also, while the Pixel 4a 5G has a plastic build, Google Pixel 5 has a metallic back.
Interestingly, the Pixel 5 supports Wireless Charging which is obviously not possible in a phone with a metal back so what Google did was that there is a window carved on the rear panel of the phone & the charging coil is placed under this window. So, except this window, the rest of the back is metallic (The Window is probably Glass or Plastic).
Display-wise, the screen on the Google Pixel 4a 5G Is bigger at 6.2-inches, whereas the Pixel 5 has a 6.0-inch panel. Both phones offer an OLED Panel with Full-HD+ resolution, but it’s the Pixel 5 that offers a 90Hz refresh rate as well. Under the hood, both phones have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip & while the Pixel 4a 5G comes with 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, the Google Pixel 5 comes with 8GB RAM & 128GB storage.
Talking about the camera setup, both phones have a 12.2 Megapixel primary camera on the rear with f/1.7 aperture lens & OIS + EIS. Both offer a 16 Megapixel secondary ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture. There is support for 4K 60fps video recording, something that’s first for Pixel devices. Both phones have the Titan M Security chip & Stereo speakers.
Finally, the battery inside the Google Pixel 4a 5G is a 3,885mAh unit whereas it’s 4,080mAh in case of the Pixel 5. There is 18W Fast Charging support for both phones, but only the Pixel 5 supports Wireless Charging as well. Google Pixel 5 also has the IP68 Certification that the Pixel 4a 5G lacks.
The above image shows the major differences between the Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G & the Pixel 4a. Google Pixel 5 comes in Just Black and Sorta Sage color options, whereas the Pixel 4a 5G in only one color – Just Black. The Pixel 5 costs $699 whereas the Pixel 4a 5G costs $499.
Pixel 4a 5G will be available in Japan on Oct. 15 and eight other countries starting in November. Pixel 5 will be available in eight countries starting Oct. 15, and in the U.S. and Canada starting Oct. 29.