Google has just unveiled its new Pixel 5 and is learning from the mistakes it may have made in unveiling the Pixel 4. Naturally, everything suggested that its new iteration was on the right track, as the brand marketed during the summer the Pixel 4a, cheaper than its big brother and yet much more beautiful and practical. What to draw from a comparison as a buying guide, for customers who hesitate between the two models.

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Below, discover our comparison between the Pixel 5, the Pixel 4a but also the Pixel 4a 5G. The latter completes the guide by also bringing differences, and a real compromise between the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a. The game will be close, and each of the three models will perform well with serious arguments in terms of price, camera and software optimization. Good news overall, the battery life of Google smartphones is improving. Now let's go into more detail on the subject.

Pixel 5 vs Pixel 4a vs Pixel 4a 5G

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The differences between Pixel 5, 4a and 4a 5G

Three different screen formats

To begin with, Google chose to abandon the much criticized design of the Pixel 4, which had not yet passed to the standard of notches (or even punches) in order to be able to offer 3D facial recognition technology. As of October 2020, the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 are totally borderless with screens covering the entire front of the smartphone (no curved screen, however, at Google).

However, the differences between the Pixel 5, Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G start when it comes to their screen size. The most compact, the Pixel 4a, is displayed at a diagonal of 5.8 inches, compared to 6.0 inches for the Pixel 5 and 6.2 inches for the Pixel 4a 5G. Three sizes differences that coincide with the size of the batteries present on each smartphone. We will come back to this in this comparison.

A much better screen quality on the Pixel 5

Screen size is a matter of taste and overall these three smartphones all keep a compact size in hand. On the other hand, on the question of the quality of the panel covering this screen, we will appreciate the arrival of a Gorilla Glass 6 on the Pixel 5, much better fortune than the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G which are limited to a Gorilla Glass 3 much more sensitive to micro-scratches (as we noticed in our test of the Pixel 4a).

On the resolution part, no difference is measured between Pixel 5, Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G. All benefit from an OLED display with 16 million colors and a resolution of 1080 x 2340. The only difference is the refresh rate, available up to 90 Hz on the Pixel 5, unlike Pixel 4a and 4a 5G which are limited to 60Hz.

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The new Pixel 5 features a 90Hz display and Gorilla Glass 6 protection glass © Google

Finishes and waterproofing

The Pixel 5 looks like the Pixel 4a, and it picks up on its colors. In France, the "Juste Noir" will be available at the same time as a "Subtly sage", which recalls a color that appeared on the iPhone 11 Pro and recently the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. We appreciate that Google does not limit the Hexagon to a single color – like the Pixel 4a which is limited to black.

The Pixel 5, on the other hand, does not evolve on the finishes which remain plastic, although this is not a disaster in sight in the face of the competition which begins to abandon the glass backs on smartphones. In contrast, the Pixel 5 is IP68 certified, which the Pixel 4a and 4a 5G do not.

Jack socket on Pixel 4a and 4a 5G

By finishing comparing the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a and 4a 5G on the part of their design, we will take the opportunity to note the absence of a jack on the Pixel 5. It's a choice Google had already made on its classic Pixel 4, while the supposedly cheaper and less well-equipped lineup – the Pixel 4a – sticks to it.

Your choices and preferences, knowing that Google now offers wireless headphones competing with AirPods (read our test and review of Pixel Buds), and that for any pre-order of a Pixel 5, Google offers a Bose QC35 Bluetooth headphones. II.

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Comparison of technical characteristics

On the technical characteristics match, several points will decide between the three models of Google smartphone. Like performance, autonomy, photo sensors … Not to mention connectivity! But before we delve into them in detail, here is their respective technical sheet.

Pixel 5Pixel 4a (5G)Pixel 4a
Dimensions144.7 x 70.4 x 8 mm153.97 x 74 x 8.2 mm144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm
Weight151 g168 g143 g
WaterproofingIP68IP68//
Screen19.5: 9
6 '' Full HD + OLED (2340 x 1080 pixels)
90 Hz
HDR10 +
Corning Gorilla 6 Protective Glass
Always-on Display
19.5: 9
6.2 '' Full HD + OLED (2340 x 1080 pixels)
60 Hz
HDR10
Corning Gorilla 3 Protective Glass
Always-on Display
19.5: 9
5.8 "Full HD + OLED (2340 x 1080 pixels)
60 Hz
HDR10
Gorilla Protective Glass 3
Always-on Display
AudioNo 3.5mm jack
Two stereo speakers
3.5mm jack
Two stereo speakers
3.5mm jack
Two stereo speakers
ChipSnapdragon 765G
Adreno 620 GPU
Snapdragon 765G
Adreno 620 GPU
Snapdragon 730G
GPU Adreno 618
Storage128 GB UFS 2.1128 GB UFS 2.1128 GB UFS 2.1
RAM8 GB LPDDR4x6 GB LPDDR4x6 GB LPDDR4x
Drums4080 mAh3885 mAh3140 mAh
RechargeQuick charge 18 W (charger supplied)
10W wireless charging and reverse charging
Fast charge 18 W (charger supplied)Fast charge 18 W (charger supplied)
BiometricsFingerprint reader on the back
2D facial recognition
Fingerprint reader on the back
2D facial recognition
Fingerprint reader on the back
2D facial recognition
Camera – Wide-angle 27 mm: lens aperture of f / 1.7; 12.2 MP (1 / 2.55 ''; 1.4 μm photosite) sensor; optical stabilizer
– Ultra wide-angle: 107 ° field of view, f / 2.2 aperture
16 MP sensor (1 μm photosite)
– Wide-angle 27 mm: lens aperture of f / 1.7; 12.2 MP (1 / 2.55 ''; 1.4 μm photosite) sensor; optical stabilizer
– Ultra wide-angle: 107 ° field of view, f / 2.2 aperture
16 MP sensor (1 μm photosite)
– Wide-angle 27 mm: lens aperture of f / 1.7; 12.2 MP (1 / 2.55 ''; 1.4 μm photosite) sensor; optical stabilizer
Front camera8 MP sensor (1.12 μm photosite); 24mm f / 2 lens; 83 ° field of view8 MP sensor (1.12 μm photosite); 24mm f / 2 lens; 83 ° field of view8 MP sensor (1.12 μm photosite); 24mm f / 2 lens; 83 ° field of view
BONEAndroid 11Android 11Android 11
Connectivity5G
802.11a / b / g / n / ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
Bluetooth v5.0 + LE, A2DP (HD codecs: AptX, AptX HD, LDAC)
NFC
Google Cast
5G
802.11a / b / g / n / ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
Bluetooth v5.0 + LE, A2DP (HD codecs: AptX, AptX HD, LDAC)
NFC
Google Cast
4G
Wireless
802.11a / b / g / n / ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
Bluetooth v5.0 + LE, A2DP (HD codecs: AptX, AptX HD, LDAC)
NFC
Google Cast
DASNCNCNC
ColorsJust black
Subtly sage
Just blackJust black
Release dateOctober 15, 2020November 202020 August
Price

€ 629.00 at FNAC

€ 349.00 at FNAC

Performance: the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G in duel

Continuing in our comparison, we must dwell on the great novelty of Pixel devices in this fall 2020. The arrival of 5G. On the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, the new generation of the GSM network asked Google to integrate a better processor than the Snapdragon 730G that currently powers the Pixel 4a.

The two new smartphones are thus introduced with the 5G compatible Snapdragon 765G chip. Google has chosen to leave the Snapdragon 865 aside, certainly out of pricing and on the assumption that the Snapdragon 765G will be more than up to the task. What is true.

But inevitably, to support a beefier processor, the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 add 2 GB of more RAM, for a total of 8 GB of RAM. All three smartphones are marketed with 128 GB of internal storage. No distinction on this point, especially since none of them offer a micro-SD slot to expand capacity.

Pixel 4a

The Pixel 4a © Citrus press

Autonomy: which is the best of the comparison?

To run the various machines, especially those compatible with 5G, it was necessary to increase the size of the batteries. Google followed this logic: its two 5G smartphones have larger batteries than the base Pixel 4a, at 3,140mAh. The Pixel 5 displays 4080 mAh while the Pixel 4a 5G offers 3885 mAh. Which is the best ?

In the comparison of the autonomy of the Pixel 5, Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G, the palm will go to the Pixel 5, because of a compact 6-inch screen and the larger battery. But beware, it will be the most autonomous only with a 4G connection and if possible with a refresh rate limited to 60 Hz rather than 90 Hz.

It is these two points in addition to its more efficient processor that explain its larger battery size compared to a Pixel 4a. Despite their battery difference, the autonomy should not vary too much between the three models when used in accordance with their performance and functionality (5G, 90 Hz in particular). Advantage all the same to the Pixel 4a 5G should offer the best compromise between power and battery.

On the battery recovery side, the Pixel 5 mainly benefits from wireless and reverse charging. The Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G do not have this. However, the charger delivered in the box is the same for all three versions. This is a cable with a maximum power of 18 W.

Camera: Pixel 5 vs Pixel 4a

Now let's move on to the camera match in our review of the best smartphones. What is the camera difference between the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a? Who offers an ultra wide angle lens and which one is the best in video? A first answer is already clear in their technical sheet. Note that the Pixel 4a 5G, in this part, is on par with the Pixel 5.

First, all three Google smartphones have the same primary purpose. It's a 27mm lens paired with a 12.2 MP sensor and the aperture displays at f / 1.7. The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G differ from the Pixel 4a by adding to this endowment an ultra-wide-angle sensor with a 16 MP sensor.

In addition to this, the two 5G devices also take advantage of their more powerful processor to offer 4K video at 60 frames per second compared to only 30 for the Pixel 4a. The three devices remain exceptional in photo as in video thanks to the optimal software processing from Google.

Pixel 4a Night star mode

The Pixel 4a's night mode offers a long exposure to capture the stars © Presse-citron.net

Price: the spotlight on the Pixel 4a, but…

It's hard to say that we are comparing three models with an amplitude of price difference of around 280. The Pixel 5 is however much more expensive by 280 euros compared to the Pixel 4a. They are available at prices of € 629 and € 349 respectively. Two smartphones which do not compete in the same category but which follow a simple logic to determine our choice regarding our purchase.

For its part, the Pixel 4a is a compromise, both in terms of equipment and price. The Pixel 4a 5G is available for € 499. That is, 129 € less than the Pixel 5.

  • Pixel 5 at the best price at € 629.00.
  • Pixel 4a at the best price at € 349.00.
  • Pixel 4a 5G available from € 499. Awaiting its marketing (November).

To be able to attract its customers to its most premium model, Google has gone all out. Until October 14, Pixel 5 pre-orders get you win a free Bose QC 35 II Bluetooth headset, a device normally sold for € 299.99. A small advantage that will greatly compete with the Pixel 4a, however much cheaper.

Advantage therefore to the Pixel 4a, obviously, but will it be sufficient for your use? What are its limits and what do the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 offer more?

Google Pixel 5 green

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Comparison: Pixel 5 or rather Pixel 4a or Pixel 4a 5G?

For our review of the comparison of the differences between the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G, we can first advise you on these products by their general quality, and the work on their camera and Android optimization (from elsewhere, Android 11 is available on all three smartphones). We will appreciate their camera, their recharging, their storage capacity and their screen resolution which is identical to each smartphone despite the price differences.

Now, when choosing between a Pixel 5 and a Pixel 4a, you will have to ask yourself whether equipment like an ultra-wide-angle sensor, 5G connectivity, a more powerful processor and a 90 Hz refresh rate seem interesting to you.

For us, as objectively as possible, we will prefer the Pixel 5 which comes with Gorilla Glass 6 screen protection, while the Pixel 4a is limited to a Gorilla Glass 3 which is very (too) sensitive to micro-scratches.

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This puts the Pixel 4a in the wind and that's a shame, as its proposition as an intermediary could seem more interesting than the Pixel 5. But the worthy heir to the range of smartphones from Google remains the best, and necessarily, with its equipment, we already love it. But we do not forget our review of the Pixel 4a, and its crowning of the best smartphone under 400 euros.