Comparison between Google pixel 4 and Google Pixel 3

The introduction of Google Pixel models has been a shake to the technology department. This article will state the difference between Google pixel 3a and Google Pixel 4.

We’ve already compared the Pixel 4 duo with the Android competition at large, but how do all of Google’s recent phones compare today? Is the Pixel 4 a true upgrade? Is the freshly reduced Pixel 3 a better bet? Could you save even more cash and grab a Pixel 3a? Find out in this Pixel 4 vs Pixel 3 vs Pixel 3a comparison!

Comparison between Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 3

Pixel style, refined

  • Google Pixel 4

• 147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm
• 162g
• Just Black, Clearly White, Oh So Orange
Google Pixel 3
• 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9mm
• 148g
• Just Black, Clearly White, Not Pink
Google Pixel 3a
• 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2mm
• 147g

• Just Black, Clearly White, Purple-ish
The Pixel range has had a consistently smart yet unassuming look ever since the Pixel 2, but the Pixel 4 made some welcome tweaks to the formula. Instead of the dual-tone glass back, the Pixel 4 has a single frosted glass panel with a matte finish (glossy in Just Black) and a black, metal frame.

The Pixel 3a, meanwhile, has a polycarbonate rear but still feels remarkably premium.

All three Pixel models come in three colors. Just Black and Clearly White are the default Pixel colorways, but each has its own special edition too with appropriately quirky names.

The Pixel 4 comes in Oh So Orange, the Pixel 3a in Purple-ish, and the Pixel 3 is available in Not Pink. Many of the colorways also come with accented power buttons with varying shades of orange (or green).

Bezels are slowly being eradicated from most smartphones but Google is lagging behind a bit. The Pixel 3a has the largest bezels of the bunch, but it’s perhaps more preferable than the humongous “bathtub” notch on the Pixel 3 XL (mercifully not on the regular Pixel 3).

Things get even weirder for the Pixel 4 as instead of opting for a punch hole or pop-up, Google stuck with a larger top bezel and filled it with a smorgasbord of sensors.

Biometrics, 90Hz displays, and Soli
Google Pixel 4

• 5.7-inch Full HD+ OLED
• 2,280 x 1,080 pixels, 444ppi
• 19:9 aspect ratio, adaptive 90Hz refresh rate

• Gorilla Glass 5

  • Google Pixel 3

• 5.5-inch Full HD+ OLED
• 2,160 x 1,080 pixels, 443ppi
• 18:9 aspect ratio
• Gorilla Glass 5
Google Pixel 3a
• 5.6-inch Full HD+ OLED
• 2,220 x 1,080 pixels, 441ppi
• 18.5:9 aspect ratio
• Dragontrail Glass

The sensor array on the Pixel 4 enables Google’s take on 3D face unlock technology. We’ve seen attempts at hardware-based facial biometrics before but Google’s is easily the best Android has to offer and is lightning fast and incredibly accurate.

That said, it’s a shame there’s no in-display fingerprint sensor or a rear mounted scanner like on the Pixel 3 and 3a as many apps are playing catch up to include face unlock as a security option. It’ll also be even better (and less creepy) when it knows when your eyes are shut.

Among the many sensors in the phone’s chin is a Soli radar chip, which is the Pixel 4’s big gimmick. This enables faster face unlock as the radar senses your approach, and it also powers the phone’s Motion Sense suite, which is a fancy name for some wildly inconsistent hands-free gestures.

Google has promised more functionality in the future, but for now Soli isn’t a great reason to pick the Pixel 4 over its predecessors.
What is perhaps worth the upgrade, however, is the Pixel 4’s 90Hz pOLED display.

Google doesn’t have the best track record with its Pixel displays, but this Samsung-made panel is a stunner. Unfortunately, the higher refresh rate feature is a little buggy at the time of writing due to a bizarre brightness limitation. A fix is expected soon.

Pixel power

  • Google Pixel 4

• Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
• 64GB or 128GB storage
• Adreno 640
Google Pixel 3
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
• 64GB or 128GB storage
• Adreno 630
Google Pixel 3a
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
• 64GB storage
• Adreno 615

On the raw specs front, the Pixel 4 finally sees Google add more RAM, finally jumping from 4GB to 6GB. This appears to have solved the aggressive RAM management issues that plagued the Pixel 3 as apps will stay open a lot longer on the Pixel 4.

It also gets a boost from Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 855 chipset which represents a processing leap of around 30% from the Pixel 3’s Snapdragon 845.

Of all the Pixel phones, the Pixel 4 is clearly the device of choice for mobile gamers though it’s a shame we didn’t get the Snapdragon 855 Plus with its improved graphics performance.

While the Pixel 3’s set-up still performs well enough, the Pixel 3a struggles with intensive 3D games on higher settings. Thankfully, the Snapdragon 670 handles regular day-to-day like a champ.

Best of the best phone cameras

  • Google Pixel 4

• Main camera: 12.2MP, ƒ/1.7, OIS + EIS, PDAF
• 2x telephoto camera: 16MP, ƒ/2.4, OIS + EIS, PDAF
• Selfie camera: 8MP, ƒ/2.0, and TOF sensor
Google Pixel 3
• Main camera: 12.2MP, ƒ/1.8, OIS + EIS, PDAF
• Selfie camera: 8MP, ƒ/1.8
• Ultrawide selfie camera: 8MP, ƒ/2.2
Google Pixel 3a
• Main camera: 12.2MP, ƒ/1.8, OIS + EIS, PDAF
• Selfie camera: 8MP, ƒ/2.0

The Pixel brand is synonymous with industry-leading smartphone cameras, all powered by Google’s computational photography algorithms.

Google has openly admitted that the latter is where the Pixel camera magic really happens. This becomes even more apparent when you realize that the 12.2MP primary sensors on the Pixel 4, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3a are identical, save for a slightly wider aperture on the Pixel 4.

We’ve already examined the advancements made for the Pixel 4 vs the rest of the premium Pixel family in a comprehensive camera shootout.

What’s really surprising is that Pixel 3a still offers a comparable photography experience at half the price. Here are a few examples:

White balance and color

reproduction is far more true to life on the Pixel 4. The Pixel 4 also produces more detail shots, but there’s no denying all three take dynamic and crisp photos, even in low light where many phones struggle.

Night Sight is an interesting case as the Pixel 4 like to readjust the white balance to be much cooler. In the shots below the Pixel 3 and 3a have a yellow hue which matches the orangey glow from a streetlight, while the Pixel 4 transforms it into a white light.

You could make an argument for either, but personally I prefer the adjustments made on the Pixel 4.

Battery life

  • Google Pixel 4

• 2,800mAh
• 18W fast charging
• USB Power Delivery 2.0
• Qi wireless charging

  • Google Pixel 3

• 2,915mAh
• 18W fast charging
• USB Power Delivery 2.0
• Qi wireless charging

  • Google Pixel 3a

• 3,000mAh
• 18W fast charging
• USB Power Delivery 2.0

If you’ve ever used a Pixel phone you already know that endurance isn’t their strong suit. This was true of the Pixel 3, and it’s especially true of the Pixel 4, which for reasons that only Google knows has a smaller battery than its predecessor.

This is especially baffling when you factor in the power-hungry 90Hz display and the Soli radar tech. The Pixel 4 XL fares better with a larger cell than the Pixel 3 XL and an acceptable (but still not great!) 5-6 hours average screen on time.

The smaller Pixel 4, meanwhile, can drop to a measly four hours, and under heavy use as low as three.
Funnily enough, it’s the cheapest Pixels that come out on top for battery life, as the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will take you through at least a whole day without issue.

Each of the Pixels support 18W Power Delivery fast charging. Only the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 devices have fast charging, though the compatibility is a bit all over the place. Get a Pixel Stand if you want to be safe and get some extra Assistant features.

Price and alternatives

The Google Pixel 4 starts at $799 while the Pixel 4 XL pricing begins at $899. You can check out the full details, including the Pixel series’ newfound wider US carrier availability, at our deals hub here.

The Google Pixel 3 is sold out on Google’s online store, but it has recently dropped to below $500 in sales. Expect to see retailers clear out stock during Black Friday in November and in the run up to Christmas. Finally, the Google Pixel 3a starts from $399.

The Pixel 4’s biggest rivals are the Samsung Galaxy S10 series and the iPhone 11 family. The iPhone 11 Pro, in particular, has a comparable camera and a comprehensive videography suite that is leaps and bounds ahead of the Pixel (just be sure to try out iOS for a while before making a permanent switch from Android).

Meanwhile, there are plenty of more affordable phones with similar or better specs such as the stupidly affordable OnePlus 7T for just $599.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a are in an equally tricky spot if you’re looking solely at a specs sheet, with the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro being the pick of the bunch. If a great camera is your dealbreaker though, there isn’t much out there that can touch the Pixel 3 siblings.

Google Pixel 4 vs Pixel 3 vs Pixel 3a:The verdict

We love the current Pixel family, warts and all. Each has its own (often significant) drawbacks, but it’s easy to forgive when the camera suite and software design is of such a high caliber.

If you want to join #TeamPixel your budget will inevitably determine which device is best for you. Those after a close-as-possible-to-flagship experience on the cheap shouldn’t hesitate to pick up the Google Pixel 3a. It dominates its direct competition on photography and is easily one of the best mid-range phones ever made.

If you can’t stomach the underpowered processor then the Pixel 3 is still a superb buy over a year after its initial release, especially if you’re really into selfies.

Likewise, if you can grab a Pixel 3 on sale, you’ll get a fairly sizeable upgrade over the Pixel 3a for only a little bit extra cash.

As for the Pixel 4? Well, the battery life on the smaller model is unacceptably poor, 64GB just isn’t enough base storage, and Soli is clearly a work in progress.

But then you take that breathtaking camera for a spin, glide through the patented Pixel software powered by a blisteringly quick processor and ample RAM, watch your phone unlock after just a quick glance, and feel those haptics and hear the speakers.

The Pixel 4 series represents the best and worst of Google in a smartphone. When it’s at its worst, it’s a nightmare. When it’s at its best, you’ll never want to wake up.



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