Google Pixel 4a evaluation with execs and cons – Should you purchase it?

Pixel 4a, the one cellphone Google launched in India in 2020, could be very totally different from the standard set of Android telephones. This yr, Google brings in only one variant and only one colour, however the cellphone is out there at a aggressive value. (Google Pixel 4a Review हिंदी में पढ़िए).

With telephones like OnePlus Nord, Vivo V20, and Galaxy M51, the mid-range competitors is kind of aggressive and we had been naturally excited to check how nicely the Pixel 4a stacks up.

Does the cellphone will get the right Pixel therapy and has Google as soon as once more managed to actually drag down successfully flagship expertise to the mid-range phase? We will attempt to reply all such questions in our Google Pixel 4a evaluation to be able to allow you to determine if it is a cellphone you can purchase.


Google Pixel 4a Price and Specifications

ModelPixel 4a
Display5.81-inches OLED, FHD+, 60Hz, Gorilla Glass 3, HDR
SoftwareAndroid 11
ProcessorQualcomm octa-core Snapdragon 730G
Memory6GB LPDDR4x RAM + 128GB storage
Rear Cam12.2MP dual-pixel, 1.4-micron pixel dimension, AF
Front Cam8MP, 1.12-micron pixels, Fixed focus
Dimensions144 x 69.Four x 8.2 mm; 143g
Battery3140mAh with 18W charger
Miscellaneous3.5mm jack, USB-C 3.1, fingerprint reader, WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0
Dual SIMYes (one eSIM)
PriceRs. 31,999

What’s within the Pixel 4a field?

Pixel 4a comes with:

  • 18W USB PD Charging adaptor
  • USB Type-C to Type-C cable
  • Quick Switch Adaptor (OTG adaptor)
  • SIM ejector pin and documentation

Google Pixel 4a Review: Design and Build

Google Pixel 4a is a type of uncommon telephones that appears and feels higher in individual than in footage. The structural minimalism google follows works and that straightforward contrasting Mint accent on the facility button makes a distinction. 

In line with our particular person preferences, the handset is compact and likewise extraordinarily gentle. This ensures that the cellphone is snug to wield and all buttons and ports are simply accessible, even when the facility button is positioned above the quantity rocker.

Google makes use of a unibody polycarbonate casing, but it surely’s not run of the mill plastic and the handset truly feels very robust and sturdy. The inviting soft-touch rubberized matte end serves as an added bonus.

Bezels across the show are uniform on the left, proper, and prime, and the chin is marginally thicker. Google resorts to a punch gap notch, one thing we’re accustomed to by now and don’t discover distracting. The display is shielded by Gorilla Glass 3. 

The Type-C port (USB 3.1) on the backside is flanked by the speaker slits, one in all which homes a speaker. The Audio jack is current on the prime. The SIM tray accommodates one SIM card however customers can activate the E-SIM for twin SIM connectivity.

Google Pixel 4a evaluation: Display

Google isn’t compromising with the show high quality. Pixel 4a’s 5.8-inch OLED show helps broad colour gamut and HDR10. It’s a terrific display to look at multimedia content material. The display can be completely legible underneath direct solar and has broad viewing angles. Blacks are OLED superior and we didn’t discover any points with gray and white uniformity.

Google provides a comparatively color-accurate ‘Natural’ profile however the default Adaptive mode is nicely applied and we didn’t face any urge to modify. On the draw back, excessive display refresh-rate is lacking and the contact is a hair much less responsive in comparison with high-end telephones. 

Pixel 4a has DRM Widevine L1 certificates for HD streaming on standard apps. HD and HDR streaming is supported on Netflix. HDR movies look glorious on Youtube. We couldn’t get HD streaming to work on Amazon Prime, although.  

Also Read: Best slim and compact telephones to purchase in 2020

Google Pixel 4a Review: Performance and Software

Performance {hardware} sees a wholesome improve as in comparison with the final yr. Google Pixel 4a is powered by Snapdragon 730G octa-core chipset. While not flagship-grade, it is a highly effective SoC that’s able to steering a easy Android expertise. There is just one variant out there this yr – 6GB + 128GB. 

Performance gaps do present up underneath heavy masses as within the digicam app whereas processing portraits, however by and enormous, the efficiency exceeded our expectations. This shouldn’t be a type issue finest suited to heavy players, and for everybody else, the Snapdragon 730G with google optimizations stays a candy proposition.

As for software program, the Pixel 4a is a wonderful illustration of Android 11. It’s the little issues like nicely applied Always-on show, responsive gestures, and impactful haptic suggestions that make an enormous distinction and elevate the expertise to premium.

Using the Android 11 Smart Home dashboard is a seamless expertise (which it wasn’t on Vivo V20). Most Android 11 options labored nicely, however as soon as once more we couldn’t get notification bubbles to work even with the choice enabled within the settings and inside particular person apps. 

By now we’re fairly used to entrance or side-mounted fingerprint reader and switching again to the rear fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 4a took some getting used to. The sensor is snappy and customers could use the swipe down gesture to unfurl notifications or fast settings panel. 

Call high quality on Pixel 4a is superb on our Reliance Jio community. We didn’t face any connective associated challenge in our time with the handset.

Also Read: Android 11 options, ideas and tips

Google Pixel 4a Camera Review

Pixel 4a makes use of a single 12.2MP sensor for the rear digicam. Google understands this sensor nicely and its picture processing algorithms is the place the magic resides. The software program is extraordinarily deft at understanding a scene and what makes an excellent image.

Images shot in daylight retain ample particulars and present pure colour tones (one thing very uncommon on this phase). The dynamic vary can be fairly broad.

Pink and purple within the above photographs have been faithfully reproduced.

Night Sight helps improve footage shot at each night time time and indoors. Once once more, the Pixel 4a doesn’t blow the publicity and may churn out near pure photographs with excessive precision.

Capturing a topic in darkish ambiance with a number of gentle sources within the background will be very difficult and Pixel 4a did falter with capturing the essence of the scene. We’d say the Vivo V20 did a greater job right here. 

Pixel 4a night time sight
Vivo V20

Now, let’s discuss portraits!

Where Pixel 4a really excels is at constantly and effortlessly clicking superior portraits. The intense creamy backdrop blur (which we want) might really feel unnatural and the image might go awfully unsuitable if it weren’t for such excessive precision in object detection. Pixel 4a can retain particulars in highlights and shadows and retain topic texture even in indoor lighting. 

There isn’t any wide-angle or macro digicam which makes the Pixel 4a decidedly much less versatile. Having mentioned that, most different telephones implement these extras solely half-heartedly and in sensible phrases, you received’t actually be lacking out on a lot. 

We’d say that the Pixel 4a rear images expertise is superior to what we have now with telephones like OnePlus Nord, Vivo V20, and Galaxy M51.  The {hardware} is nonetheless displaying its age and the 4a feels missing in lots of elements when in comparison with pricier flagships and flagship killers. 

Pixel 4a isn’t as deft relating to capturing movies, but it surely’s nonetheless not lagging behind different rivals within the underneath INR 30ok phase. The similar can’t be mentioned for the selfie digicam. The entrance shooter advantages from the identical picture processing experience. White steadiness and colours are fairly good, however particulars and video high quality takes successful whereas capturing indoors underneath synthetic lighting or in comparatively darker ambiance. 

Google Pixel 4a evaluation: Battery and Audio

The 3140mAh battery on the Pixel 4a can comfortably final for 24 hours of blended utilization. We are getting a display on time of 5 hours+, which is surprisingly good contemplating the paltry battery capability.

The cellphone helps 18W quick charging and the bundled USB PD charger can prime up 85 p.c in simply 1 hour. A full cost takes round 1 hour. The battery backup falls in need of what you would get with telephones like Galaxy M51 and OnePlus Nord, however not intolerably so.

As for audio, Pixel 4a has stereo audio system and retains the three.5mm audio jack. The output from entrance and backside audio system is balanced and collectively the 2 can get sufficiently loud for dialogues are crisp and clear. Of course, you’d wish to use your headphones to relish high-quality particulars however for viewing movies or content material you run into on social media, these audio system are nice.

Audio through wired and wi-fi headphones is kind of good. Popular HD codecs like AptX, AptXHD, LDAC, and AAC are supported. 

Google Pixel 4a Review verdict: Should you purchase it?

Google Pixel 4a is the cellphone I’d personally purchase for underneath INR 30,000 and even INR 35,000 and that’s as a result of it caters completely to my private biases. For the identical motive, this isn’t a cellphone that I can blindly suggest to everybody.

The Pixel 3a was a superb cellphone. The Pixel 4a sticks to the identical strengths and is now out there for a extra aggressive value, however an excellent deal has modified within the final yr.  

Experiences like high-refresh-rate shows and quick charging at the moment are out there on inexpensive telephones and make a significant distinction. Young shoppers at the moment are capturing movies or quick movies extra typically and the portrait magic alone may not suffice for everybody’s wants.

But for a few of us, Pixel 4a is the mid-range cellphone we have now all the time wished. It’s compact and helpful, has pleasant software program, a stunning HDR show, a superb haptic suggestions motor and affords an effortlessly gratifying nonetheless images expertise.


  • Elegant Design 
  • Gorgeous show
  • Great rear digicam for the value
  • Clean software program, dependable efficiency


  • No excessive refresh fee show
  • Average battery backup

Google Pixel 4A FAQ

Question: What is the SAR Value of Google Pixel 4a?

Answer: Head – 0.99 W/kg; Body – 1.19 W/kg

Question: Does Pixel 4a have DRM L1 for HD Streaming on Netflix and Prime Videos?

Answer: Netflix helps HDR and HD streaming. Prime movies is streaming in SD on our evaluation unit.

Question: How to get Google Pixel 4a repaired and serviced in India?

Answer: Google companions with B2X for after-sales help in India. The service includes house choose and drops in choose cities.

Question: Does Pixel 4a have LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.1 storage?

Answer: Yes the cellphone has LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.1 storage.

Question: Does Pixel 4a have auto name recording?

Answer: No, it doesn’t.

Question: Does Pixel 4a help NavIC?

Answer: No, it doesn’t.

Question: Does Pixel 4a have twin VoLTE, Career aggregation and Wi-Fi calling?

Answer: Yes, it does. 

Question: Does Pixel 4a have stereo audio system?

Answer: Yes, it doesn’t.

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