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Google Pixel 4a 5G Smartphone Review: The Pixel 5 on the cheap

Better than the flagship? The Google Pixel 4a 5G makes life harder for the Pixel 5. It features the same SoC and the same camera system. However, it has a bigger 6.2-inch screen and is much cheaper.
Manuel Masiero, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Brian Burriston (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk),

Google’s Pixel 5 is one of the best mid-range smartphones. However, there is also another device in this price range from Google: the Pixel 4a 5G, which was released at the same time as the 6-inch Pixel 5. What is especially exciting is that both smartphones come with very similar hardware.

Both the 630-Euro (~$743) Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G are powered by the same mid-range SoC (Snapdragon 765G). However, the 499-Euro (~$589) Pixel 4a 5G is significantly cheaper and comes with a bigger OLED display. The 6.2-inch Pixel 4a 5G has the largest screen of any Pixel smartphone. Both the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G have an OLED panel with the same resolution (2340x1080).

Google Pixel 4a 5G (Pixel 4 Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 8 x 1.8 - 2.4 GHz, Kryo 475 Gold / Silver
Graphics adapter
Memory
6144 MB 
, LPDDR4x
Display
6.20 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 416 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, OLED, FHD+, 16 million colours, Always-on display, Gorilla Glass 3, glossy: yes, HDR, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 113.2 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5-mm headphone jack, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyrometer, Magnetometer, Barometer, Spectral and flicker sensor, 2x2 MIMO, aptX, aptX HD, Google Cast, eSIM, DRM Widevine L1, Camera2 API: full
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) 3G (Bands 1/2/4/5/6/8/19), LTE (B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/14/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/32/38/39/40/41/42/46/48/66/71), 5G (Sub-6 Bands n1/3/5/7/8/28/40/77/78), Head SAR 0,94 W/kg, Body SAR 1,40 W/kg, Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.2 x 153.9 x 74 ( = 0.32 x 6.06 x 2.91 in)
Battery
3885 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 16 MPix 16 MP Ultrawide (1.0 μm pixel size, ƒ/2.2, 107° field of view) + 12.2 MP dual-pixel (1.4 μm pixel size, Dual Pixel autofocus, Optical + electronic image stabilization, ƒ/1.7, 77° field of view), video recording up to [email protected]
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix 8 MP (1.12 μm pixel width, ƒ/2.0, , 83° field of view), video recording up to [email protected]
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual, 18W adapter with USB-PD 2.0, USB-C cable, USB-C to USB-A adapter, SIM Tool, Quick Start Guide, minimum 3 years of OS and security updates​, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
168 g ( = 5.93 oz / 0.37 pounds), Power Supply: 50 g ( = 1.76 oz / 0.11 pounds)
Price
486 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison Devices

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
84 %
11/2020
Google Pixel 4a 5G
SD 765G, Adreno 620
168 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.20"2340x1080
84 %
10/2020
Google Pixel 5
SD 765G, Adreno 620
151 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.00"2340x1080
84 %
09/2020
Google Pixel 4a
SD 730G, Adreno 618
143 g128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash5.80"2340x1080
84 %
08/2020
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
SD 765G, Adreno 620
192 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.57"2340x1080
86 %
06/2020
realme X50 Pro
SD 865, Adreno 650
205 g256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.44"2400x1080
83 %
07/2020
Oppo Find X2 Neo
SD 765G, Adreno 620
171 g256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"2400x1080
83 %
07/2020
OnePlus Nord
SD 765G, Adreno 620
184 g256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.44"2440x1080
Size comparison: The Google Pixel 5 on the left, the Google Pixel 4a 5G on the right
Size comparison: The Google Pixel 5 on the left, the Google Pixel 4a 5G on the right

Matte surface, no shimmering effects: The Pixel 4a 5G features the same restrained design as the Pixel 5. However, it features less premium materials. 

The Pixel 5 has an aluminium back, which is coated with plastic, and its screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 6. The Pixel 4a 5G, on the other hand, has a plastic (polycarbonate) back and its screen is protected by less durable Gorilla Glass 3. All in all, the 4a 5G feels very rigid, because its housing cannot be twisted or bent.

Because of its smoother back, the Pixel 4a 5G does not feel as premium as the Pixel 5. Nonetheless, it is still very comfortable to hold in the hand, because the back is slightly rubberised. This is why buyers do not really need to use the optional protective cover with the Pixel 4a 5G.

The 4a 5G has small bezels, which are actually slightly larger than those of the Pixel 5. And then there is the hole-punch selfie camera, which is located in the upper left corner of the screen. From the back, both smartphones look identical: In the upper left corner there is a dual-camera module, which protrudes slightly from the back. Somewhat lower in the centre there is a slightly recessed fingerprint sensor, which is easy to locate with a finger.

The 6.2-inch Pixel 4a 5G (168 g) weighs slightly more than the Pixel 5 (151 g) and is very light for a smartphone of this size. However, unlike the Pixel 5, it does not have an IP certification. The Pixel 4a 5G comes in the colour scheme known as Just Black.

Size Comparison

163.7 mm / 6.44 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 192 g0.4233 lbs158.96 mm / 6.26 inch 74.24 mm / 2.92 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 205 g0.4519 lbs159.4 mm / 6.28 inch 72.4 mm / 2.85 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 171 g0.377 lbs158.3 mm / 6.23 inch 73.3 mm / 2.89 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 184 g0.4057 lbs153.9 mm / 6.06 inch 74 mm / 2.91 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 168 g0.3704 lbs144.7 mm / 5.7 inch 70.4 mm / 2.77 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 151 g0.3329 lbs144 mm / 5.67 inch 69.4 mm / 2.73 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 143 g0.3153 lbs

Connectivity - Pixel 4a 5G with a 3.5-mm headphone jack

Just like the Pixel 5, the Pixel 4a 5G has a USB-C port and a Nano SIM card slot. However, the Pixel 4a 5G also features a 3.5-mm headphone jack.

Both smartphones come with 128 GB of non-expandable storage. The Pixel 4a 5G also offers stereo speakers. However, its top speaker is not located under the screen. It is hidden behind a tiny grill at the top of the screen.

Google cut costs with the Pixel 4a 5G by giving it only 6 GB of LPDDR4x RAM (Pixel 5 has 8 GB of RAM), which may become noticeable when using a lot of applications at the same time.

Left side: Nano SIM card slot
Left side: Nano SIM card slot
Right side: Power button, volume rocker
Right side: Power button, volume rocker
Top: 3.5-mm headphone jack, microphone
Top: 3.5-mm headphone jack, microphone
Bottom: speaker, USB-C port, microphone
Bottom: speaker, USB-C port, microphone

Software - Android 11 and a promise of at least 3 years of software support

The Pixel 4a 5G runs Android 11, which is the latest version of Android. The OS is clean and fresh, just like the smartphone design itself, because Google chose not to bundle any third-party or “promoted” applications with it. Because Android 11 is brand new, the security patches are up to date (October 5th, 2020).

The Pixel smartphone is worth considering for anyone who is looking to buy a smartphone that will last more than a couple of years. Google promises at least 3 years of OS and security updates. This means that the Pixel 4a 5G, which was released in mid-October 2020, should be supported at least until October 2023.

Communication & Geolocation - Accurate navigation with the Google smartphone

Just like the Pixel 5, the Pixel 4a 5G supports NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), which is not the latest version of Wi-Fi. In the Wi-Fi test with our reference-grade router Netgear Nighthawk AX12, the Pixel 4a 5G was still able to achieve very decent speeds.

Both the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G have similar download speeds. However, when it comes to upload speeds (300 Mb/s), the Pixel 4a 5G falls significantly behind the mid-range competition. However, it is worth bearing in mind that in the grand scheme of things 300 Mb/s is still a very decent result.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
realme X50 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
914 (888min - 928max) MBit/s ∼100% +52%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
678 (664min - 686max) MBit/s ∼74% +12%
Google Pixel 4a
Adreno 618, SD 730G, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
668 (592min - 685max) MBit/s ∼73% +11%
OnePlus Nord
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
650 (563min - 668max) MBit/s ∼71% +8%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
628 (545min - 662max) MBit/s ∼69% +4%
Google Pixel 5
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
625 (521min - 652max) MBit/s ∼68% +4%
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
603 (517min - 635max) MBit/s ∼66%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 1414, n=623)
288 MBit/s ∼32% -52%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
realme X50 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
849 (414min - 930max) MBit/s ∼100% +183%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
668 (618min - 677max) MBit/s ∼79% +123%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
628 (294min - 639max) MBit/s ∼74% +109%
Google Pixel 4a
Adreno 618, SD 730G, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
620 (560min - 703max) MBit/s ∼73% +107%
OnePlus Nord
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
563 (275min - 666max) MBit/s ∼66% +88%
Google Pixel 5
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
483 (479min - 493max) MBit/s ∼57% +61%
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Adreno 620, SD 765G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
300 (211min - 318max) MBit/s ∼35%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 1599, n=623)
274 MBit/s ∼32% -9%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø602 (517-635)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø300 (211-318)
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test outdoors

For geolocation, the Pixel 4a 5G relies on the following global navigation satellite systems: GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo and QZSS. Both outdoors and indoors, the Google smartphone establishes a connection with the satellites quickly and has an overall margin of error of about 3 metres (~10 ft).

The Pixel 4a 5G also does very well on our 12-km ~(7.5 mi) bike ride. Here, it performs about as well as our professional navigator Garmin Edge 500, which we took along with us on this ride.

Google Pixel 4a 5G: Route overview
Google Pixel 4a 5G: Route overview
Google Pixel 4a 5G: Pond
Google Pixel 4a 5G: Pond
Google Pixel 4a 5G: Turning around
Google Pixel 4a 5G: Turning around
Garmin Edge 500: Route overview
Garmin Edge 500: Route overview
Garmin Edge 500: Pond
Garmin Edge 500: Pond
Garmin Edge 500: Turning around
Garmin Edge 500: Turning around

Telephony & Call Quality - Dual SIM and eSIM functionality

Users can insert one Nano SIM card into the Pixel 4a 5G. Both VoLTE and WiFi Calling are supported. In addition to the physical SIM card, buyers can also use an eSIM card. However, in dual SIM mode, only 4G is supported. To use 5G, buyers will have to disable the SIM card, which cannot operate in such networks.

The Pixel 4a 5G supports fewer 5G frequency bands than the Pixel 5. The Pixel 4a 5G supports the following bands: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 28, 40, 77 and 78, whereas the Pixel 5 supports all these bands: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 28, 41, 66, 71 77 and 78.

However, the call quality is better when compared to the Pixel 5. This is due to the fact that the ear-speaker of the Pixel 5 is located under the display while the ear-speaker of the Pixel 4a 5G is located behind a tiny grill at the top of the screen.

According to the specifications sheet, the Pixel 4a 5G has SAR values of 0.94 W/kg (head) and 1.4 W/kg (body). The Pixel 5 has very similar SAR values. However, these are not the lowest specific absorption rates that we have ever seen in a smartphone.

Cameras - The same dual-camera system as in the Pixel 5

Shot taken with the main camera
Shot taken with the main camera
Shot taken with the front-facing camera
Shot taken with the front-facing camera

Both the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G feature the same camera system. They have the 12.2-MP main sensor (Sony IMX363), which supports dual-pixel autofocus and offers both electronic and optical image stabilisation.

There is also a 16-MP ultra wide-angle lens with a 107° FOV. On the front, there is an 8-MP fixed-focus selfie camera.

To learn more about the camera hardware and software, go to our review of the Google Pixel 5.

The same hardware means the same great results: Even though the edges of the images are a bit blurry, the daylight photographs taken with the Pixel 4a 5G impress with their natural colours, great dynamic range and sharpness. Even at night or under low-light conditions, the Google smartphone produces very pretty photos.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Daylight photography 1Daylight photography 2Wide-angle5X zoomLowlight photography

In our lab, we take an even closer look at the camera performance of the Pixel 4a 5G. Under simulated low-light conditions (see the top photo of the colour chart), the colours are slightly overbrightened. This makes fine details easier to recognise. Under simulated daylight conditions (see the bottom photo of the colour chart), the Pixel 4a 5G manages to capture all the colours faithfully. The corners in the photo of our testing chart are blurry, but the rest of the image is very sharp. 

ColorChecker
27.6 ∆E
50.3 ∆E
38.7 ∆E
40.6 ∆E
41 ∆E
61.5 ∆E
50.3 ∆E
31.6 ∆E
35.2 ∆E
23.4 ∆E
60.1 ∆E
61.4 ∆E
28.6 ∆E
48.5 ∆E
30.4 ∆E
68.7 ∆E
35.6 ∆E
46.5 ∆E
75 ∆E
67.7 ∆E
50.5 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
24.2 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Google Pixel 4a 5G: 43.7 ∆E min: 14.06 - max: 74.99 ∆E
ColorChecker
13.7 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
16.9 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
5 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
1 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
4 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
1.6 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Google Pixel 4a 5G: 6.85 ∆E min: 0.95 - max: 16.94 ∆E

Accessories & Warranty - 18-watt charger in the box

The box of the Pixel 4a 5G contains a modular 18-watt charger (USB-C), a USB cable (Type-C to Type-C), an OTG adapter, a SIM card removal tool as well as a quick start guide. Users can buy further accessories such as headphones, protective cases or adapters from the Google Store.

The Google Pixel 4a 5G comes with a 24-month warranty.

Input Devices & Handling - The 60-Hz screen impresses

The Pixel 4a 5G feels very responsive, thanks to its octa-core SoC (Snapdragon 765G) and 6 GB of LPDDR4x RAM. The fingerprint sensor on the back also unlocks the device very reliably and quickly.

Power users might notice that the OLED screen refreshes at 60 Hz as opposed to 90 Hz in the case of the Pixel 5. This means that scrolling or switching between applications will not feel as buttery-smooth as on the Pixel 5.

Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in landscape mode

Display - Bright OLED panel with impressive colour fidelity

Pixel arrangement
Pixel arrangement

The 6.2-inch OLED panel of the Pixel 4a 5G has a resolution of 2340x1080 pixels, which is why the screen appears very sharp.

With with the ambient light sensor enabled, we measured an average brightness of 670.7 cd/m². The brightness of the OLED panel is distributed very evenly. In the APL50 test, in which the screen displays a pattern of alternating black and white squares of equal size, we measured a maximum brightness of 875 cd/m². With the light sensor disabled, the maximum brightness drops to 441 cd/m². 

However, there is a distinct drawback to this bright OLED display: PWM flickering. The OLED panel of the Pixel 4a 5G flickers at 250 Hz, which may annoy susceptible individuals. 

651
cd/m²
653
cd/m²
684
cd/m²
663
cd/m²
669
cd/m²
694
cd/m²
662
cd/m²
669
cd/m²
691
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 694 cd/m² Average: 670.7 cd/m² Minimum: 1.86 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 669 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7
ΔE Greyscale 1.5 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
96.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.25
Google Pixel 4a 5G
OLED, 2340x1080, 6.20
Google Pixel 5
OLED, 2340x1080, 6.00
Google Pixel 4a
OLED, 2340x1080, 5.80
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.57
realme X50 Pro
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.44
Oppo Find X2 Neo
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.50
OnePlus Nord
AMOLED, 2440x1080, 6.44
Screen
-4%
5%
-20%
-105%
-190%
-60%
Brightness middle
669
635
-5%
705
5%
584
-13%
679
1%
797
19%
529
-21%
Brightness
671
636
-5%
707
5%
583
-13%
690
3%
807
20%
531
-21%
Brightness Distribution
94
97
3%
96
2%
97
3%
97
3%
95
1%
94
0%
Black Level *
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1
0.8
20%
0.9
10%
1.17
-17%
3.2
-220%
5.4
-440%
2.53
-153%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
1.8
2.2
-22%
1.9
-6%
2.95
-64%
6.2
-244%
9.2
-411%
4.52
-151%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.5
1.7
-13%
1.3
13%
1.7
-13%
4.1
-173%
6.4
-327%
1.7
-13%
Gamma
2.25 98%
2.23 99%
2.26 97%
2.231 99%
2.28 96%
2.27 97%
2.249 98%
CCT
6685 97%
6492 100%
6576 99%
6341 103%
6604 98%
7245 90%
6462 101%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 250 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 250 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 250 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9653 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The screen of the Pixel 4a 5G is most colour-accurate in Natural mode. Both the grayscale and the colour deviations are so low that the colours appear ideal. There are also two other modes: Adaptive and Enhanced. In all modes, the black value and the contrast ratio of the OLED screen are superb.

Colour accuracy (Adaptive mode; colour space: sRGB)
Colour accuracy (Adaptive mode; colour space: sRGB)
Colour accuracy (Natural mode; colour space: sRGB)
Colour accuracy (Natural mode; colour space: sRGB)
Colour space coverage (Adaptive mode; colour space: sRGB)
Colour space coverage (Adaptive mode; colour space: sRGB)
Colour space coverage (Natural mode; colour space: sRGB)
Colour space coverage (Natural mode; colour space: sRGB)
Grayscale tracking (Adaptive mode; colour space: sRGB)
Grayscale tracking (Adaptive mode; colour space: sRGB)
Grayscale tracking (Natural mode; colour space: sRGB)
Grayscale tracking (Natural mode; colour space: sRGB)
Saturation (Adaptive mode; colour space: sRGB)
Saturation (Adaptive mode; colour space: sRGB)
Saturation (Natural mode; colour space: sRGB)
Saturation (Natural mode; colour space: sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 3 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
8.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4.4 ms rise
↘ 4.4 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 8 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.6 ms).

Outdoors, the display of the Pixel 4a 5G is legible, because of its very high brightness. However, in direct sunlight, just like with almost any other smartphone, the screen content is hard to read. This is why we recommend finding a place in the shade or using your hand to shield the screen from direct sunlight.

The viewing angles of the OLED panel are very good. The screen content is easy to recognise, even at extreme viewing angles. However, the colours shift at very acute angles, but this does not affect readability.

Outdoor use under an overcast sky
Outdoor use under an overcast sky
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - Mid-range SoC with enough power for everyday use

Just like the Pixel 5, the Pixel 4a 5G features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, which is a mid-range octa-core SoC that can handle all current applications. The Pixel 4a 5G has only 6 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, whereas the Pixel 5 features 8 GB of RAM.

In the synthetic benchmarks, the Pixel 4a 5G achieves the same level of performance as the Pixel 5. However, it is somewhat slower than other smartphones with the same SoC. Just like with the Pixel 5, Google appears to be intentionally limiting the performance of the Pixel 4a 5G.

Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
1631 Points ∼53%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
1635 Points ∼53% 0%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
1646 Points ∼53% +1%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
1908 Points ∼62% +17%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
3087 Points ∼100% +89%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
1854 Points ∼60% +14%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
1966 Points ∼64% +21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (1520 - 1966, n=15)
1769 Points ∼57% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (421 - 4160, n=151)
1959 Points ∼63% +20%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
601 Points ∼66%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
598 Points ∼65% 0%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
549 Points ∼60% -9%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
673 Points ∼74% +12%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
915 Points ∼100% +52%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
620 Points ∼68% +3%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
611 Points ∼67% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (554 - 673, n=15)
601 Points ∼66% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (124 - 1604, n=151)
567 Points ∼62% -6%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
8319 Points ∼63%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
8954 Points ∼68% +8%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
8683 Points ∼66% +4%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
7786 Points ∼59% -6%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
13202 Points ∼100% +59%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
8456 Points ∼64% +2%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
9427 Points ∼71% +13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (7245 - 9989, n=15)
8243 Points ∼62% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 15299, n=551)
6067 Points ∼46% -27%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
10122 Points ∼51%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
10007 Points ∼51% -1%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
10200 Points ∼52% +1%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
8730 Points ∼44% -14%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
19711 Points ∼100% +95%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
9955 Points ∼51% -2%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
10876 Points ∼55% +7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (8687 - 10876, n=14)
9640 Points ∼49% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 19989, n=704)
6655 Points ∼34% -34%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
2978 Points ∼75%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
2979 Points ∼75% 0%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2720 Points ∼69% -9%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
2893 Points ∼73% -3%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
3947 Points ∼100% +33%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
2756 Points ∼70% -7%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
2867 Points ∼73% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (2145 - 2979, n=15)
2727 Points ∼69% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1740 - 4061, n=203)
2656 Points ∼67% -11%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
2145 Points ∼26%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
2364 Points ∼29% +10%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2150 Points ∼26% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3198 Points ∼39% +49%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8263 Points ∼100% +285%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3147 Points ∼38% +47%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3185 Points ∼39% +48%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (2145 - 3198, n=15)
3040 Points ∼37% +42%
Average of class Smartphone
  (203 - 11259, n=203)
3067 Points ∼37% +43%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
2287 Points ∼34%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
2478 Points ∼37% +8%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2255 Points ∼34% -1%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3130 Points ∼47% +37%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
6644 Points ∼100% +191%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3065 Points ∼46% +34%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3108 Points ∼47% +36%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (2287 - 3130, n=15)
2950 Points ∼44% +29%
Average of class Smartphone
  (253 - 6977, n=203)
2710 Points ∼41% +18%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3539 Points ∼64%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
3530 Points ∼64% 0%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3309 Points ∼60% -6%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3495 Points ∼63% -1%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5523 Points ∼100% +56%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3301 Points ∼60% -7%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3544 Points ∼64% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (1898 - 3765, n=15)
3264 Points ∼59% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5780, n=558)
2276 Points ∼41% -36%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
2814 Points ∼29%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
2834 Points ∼30% +1%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2467 Points ∼26% -12%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3589 Points ∼38% +28%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9567 Points ∼100% +240%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3569 Points ∼37% +27%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3556 Points ∼37% +26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (2814 - 3592, n=15)
3456 Points ∼36% +23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 12146, n=558)
2271 Points ∼24% -19%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
2948 Points ∼36%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
2964 Points ∼36% +1%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2615 Points ∼32% -11%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3605 Points ∼44% +22%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8204 Points ∼100% +178%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3501 Points ∼43% +19%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3553 Points ∼43% +21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (2934 - 3605, n=15)
3392 Points ∼41% +15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 9643, n=559)
2099 Points ∼26% -29%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3563 Points ∼65%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
3544 Points ∼65% -1%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3329 Points ∼61% -7%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3492 Points ∼64% -2%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5478 Points ∼100% +54%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3099 Points ∼57% -13%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3555 Points ∼65% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (1790 - 3651, n=15)
3251 Points ∼59% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5765, n=590)
2193 Points ∼40% -38%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
4053 Points ∼31%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
4036 Points ∼31% 0%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3750 Points ∼29% -7%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
5335 Points ∼41% +32%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
12895 Points ∼100% +218%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
5356 Points ∼42% +32%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
5357 Points ∼42% +32%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (4036 - 5437, n=15)
5159 Points ∼40% +27%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 22052, n=590)
3096 Points ∼24% -24%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3933 Points ∼40%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
3915 Points ∼40% 0%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3647 Points ∼37% -7%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
4893 Points ∼49% +24%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9910 Points ∼100% +152%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
4621 Points ∼47% +17%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
4815 Points ∼49% +22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (3678 - 4893, n=15)
4532 Points ∼46% +15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 11895, n=590)
2550 Points ∼26% -35%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3556 Points ∼70%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
3547 Points ∼70% 0%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3247 Points ∼64% -9%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3425 Points ∼68% -4%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5068 Points ∼100% +43%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3395 Points ∼67% -5%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3503 Points ∼69% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (2964 - 3556, n=15)
3329 Points ∼66% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=638)
2149 Points ∼42% -40%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
2048 Points ∼25%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
2106 Points ∼25% +3%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2310 Points ∼28% +13%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3321 Points ∼40% +62%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8345 Points ∼100% +307%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3259 Points ∼39% +59%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3284 Points ∼39% +60%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (2048 - 3342, n=15)
3120 Points ∼37% +52%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 11573, n=638)
1894 Points ∼23% -8%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
2261 Points ∼31%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
2315 Points ∼32% +2%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2468 Points ∼34% +9%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3346 Points ∼46% +48%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
7293 Points ∼100% +223%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3301 Points ∼45% +46%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3330 Points ∼46% +47%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (2261 - 3346, n=15)
3145 Points ∼43% +39%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 9138, n=639)
1795 Points ∼25% -21%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3501 Points ∼70%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
3529 Points ∼70% +1%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3273 Points ∼65% -7%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3452 Points ∼69% -1%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5034 Points ∼100% +44%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3259 Points ∼65% -7%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3476 Points ∼69% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (1689 - 3529, n=15)
3218 Points ∼64% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 5301, n=680)
2020 Points ∼40% -42%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
2862 Points ∼25%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
2844 Points ∼25% -1%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3629 Points ∼31% +27%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
5832 Points ∼51% +104%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
11533 Points ∼100% +303%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
5148 Points ∼45% +80%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
5171 Points ∼45% +81%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (2844 - 5832, n=15)
4844 Points ∼42% +69%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 16670, n=679)
2514 Points ∼22% -12%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
2983 Points ∼33%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
2972 Points ∼33% 0%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3543 Points ∼40% +19%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
4693 Points ∼52% +57%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8947 Points ∼100% +200%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
4561 Points ∼51% +53%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
4665 Points ∼52% +56%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (2972 - 4693, n=15)
4280 Points ∼48% +43%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 11256, n=682)
2148 Points ∼24% -28%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
28116 Points ∼83%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
28331 Points ∼84% +1%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
15527 Points ∼46% -45%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
20429 Points ∼60% -27%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
33793 Points ∼100% +20%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
19658 Points ∼58% -30%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
21016 Points ∼62% -25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (14891 - 28331, n=15)
20590 Points ∼61% -27%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 59268, n=824)
15851 Points ∼47% -44%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
56690 Points ∼39%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
60281 Points ∼41% +6%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
53548 Points ∼37% -6%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
69506 Points ∼48% +23%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
145603 Points ∼100% +157%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
69645 Points ∼48% +23%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
69285 Points ∼48% +22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (56690 - 69645, n=15)
67248 Points ∼46% +19%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 224130, n=822)
28668 Points ∼20% -49%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
46246 Points ∼55%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
48201 Points ∼57% +4%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
34678 Points ∼41% -25%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
45304 Points ∼54% -2%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
83917 Points ∼100% +81%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
44531 Points ∼53% -4%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
45872 Points ∼55% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (38137 - 48201, n=15)
44196 Points ∼53% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 117606, n=822)
21990 Points ∼26% -52%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
49 fps ∼24%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
48 fps ∼24% -2%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
84 fps ∼41% +71%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
95 fps ∼47% +94%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
204 fps ∼100% +316%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
94 fps ∼46% +92%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
97 fps ∼48% +98%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (48 - 97, n=13)
87.5 fps ∼43% +79%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.5 - 322, n=822)
47.9 fps ∼23% -2%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
43 fps ∼68%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
45 fps ∼72% +5%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
59 fps ∼94% +37%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
60 fps ∼95% +40%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
60 fps ∼95% +40%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
61 fps ∼97% +42%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
60 fps ∼95% +40%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (43 - 86, n=13)
62.9 fps ∼100% +46%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 142, n=831)
32.2 fps ∼51% -25%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
31 fps ∼25%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
31 fps ∼25% 0%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
41 fps ∼33% +32%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
49 fps ∼40% +58%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
124 fps ∼100% +300%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
56 fps ∼45% +81%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
55 fps ∼44% +77%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (31 - 56, n=13)
50.5 fps ∼41% +63%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.8 - 180, n=727)
28.5 fps ∼23% -8%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
30 fps ∼50%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
30 fps ∼50% 0%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
38 fps ∼63% +27%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
55 fps ∼92% +83%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
60 fps ∼100% +100%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
50 fps ∼83% +67%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
50 fps ∼83% +67%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (30 - 55, n=13)
46.2 fps ∼77% +54%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 117, n=735)
23.4 fps ∼39% -22%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
22 fps ∼26%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
22 fps ∼26% 0%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
30 fps ∼35% +36%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
38 fps ∼44% +73%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
86 fps ∼100% +291%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
38 fps ∼44% +73%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
38 fps ∼44% +73%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (22 - 38, n=13)
35 fps ∼41% +59%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.87 - 117, n=590)
22.8 fps ∼27% +4%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
21 fps ∼35%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
21 fps ∼35% 0%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
28 fps ∼47% +33%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
33 fps ∼55% +57%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
60 fps ∼100% +186%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
34 fps ∼57% +62%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
34 fps ∼57% +62%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (21 - 34, n=13)
31.2 fps ∼52% +49%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 110, n=592)
20.3 fps ∼34% -3%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
8.9 fps ∼30%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
8.8 fps ∼29% -1%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
11 fps ∼37% +24%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
13 fps ∼43% +46%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
30 fps ∼100% +237%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
13 fps ∼43% +46%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
13 fps ∼43% +46%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (8.8 - 13, n=15)
12.1 fps ∼40% +36%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=350)
11.7 fps ∼39% +31%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
5.5 fps ∼28%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
5.3 fps ∼27% -4%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
6.6 fps ∼33% +20%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
8.5 fps ∼43% +55%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
20 fps ∼100% +264%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
8.5 fps ∼43% +55%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
8.5 fps ∼43% +55%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (5.3 - 13, n=15)
8.37 fps ∼42% +52%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 101, n=348)
8.25 fps ∼41% +50%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
14 fps ∼30%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
13 fps ∼28% -7%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
17 fps ∼37% +21%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
21 fps ∼46% +50%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
46 fps ∼100% +229%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
21 fps ∼46% +50%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
21 fps ∼46% +50%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (13 - 21, n=15)
19.9 fps ∼43% +42%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=354)
17.5 fps ∼38% +25%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
13 fps ∼25%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
13 fps ∼25% 0%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
18 fps ∼34% +38%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
24 fps ∼45% +85%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
53 fps ∼100% +308%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
24 fps ∼45% +85%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
24 fps ∼45% +85%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (13 - 24, n=15)
22.1 fps ∼42% +70%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 257, n=353)
20.1 fps ∼38% +55%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
12 fps ∼24%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
12 fps ∼24% 0%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
17 fps ∼33% +42%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
21 fps ∼41% +75%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
51 fps ∼100% +325%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
21 fps ∼41% +75%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
21 fps ∼41% +75%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (12 - 21, n=13)
19.5 fps ∼38% +63%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 75, n=515)
15.2 fps ∼30% +27%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
11 fps ∼25%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
13 fps ∼30% +18%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
16 fps ∼36% +45%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
18 fps ∼41% +64%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
44 fps ∼100% +300%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
19 fps ∼43% +73%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
19 fps ∼43% +73%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (11 - 19, n=13)
17.5 fps ∼40% +59%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=519)
13.4 fps ∼30% +22%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
287407 Points ∼48%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
288970 Points ∼49% +1%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
269238 Points ∼45% -6%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
318669 Points ∼54% +11%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
593933 Points ∼100% +107%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
326795 Points ∼55% +14%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
332074 Points ∼56% +16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (285731 - 332074, n=12)
310972 Points ∼52% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53335 - 622888, n=139)
326530 Points ∼55% +14%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
1436 Points ∼91%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
1428 Points ∼91% -1%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
1283 Points ∼81% -11%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
1462 Points ∼93% +2%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
1576 Points ∼100% +10%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
1412 Points ∼90% -2%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
1441 Points ∼91% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (1139 - 1462, n=12)
1360 Points ∼86% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1745, n=754)
836 Points ∼53% -42%
Graphics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
2525 Points ∼22%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
2560 Points ∼22% +1%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3840 Points ∼33% +52%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
5201 Points ∼44% +106%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
11688 Points ∼100% +363%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
5216 Points ∼45% +107%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
5203 Points ∼45% +106%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (2525 - 5247, n=12)
4698 Points ∼40% +86%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 16996, n=754)
2591 Points ∼22% +3%
Memory (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
5046 Points ∼62%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
5381 Points ∼66% +7%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
4544 Points ∼55% -10%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
5683 Points ∼69% +13%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8204 Points ∼100% +63%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
4856 Points ∼59% -4%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
5296 Points ∼65% +5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (4556 - 5683, n=12)
5112 Points ∼62% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 8874, n=754)
1948 Points ∼24% -61%
System (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
5997 Points ∼59%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
5960 Points ∼59% -1%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
6796 Points ∼67% +13%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
6069 Points ∼60% +1%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
10147 Points ∼100% +69%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
6685 Points ∼66% +11%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
6801 Points ∼67% +13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (5411 - 6936, n=12)
6459 Points ∼64% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 14189, n=754)
3553 Points ∼35% -41%
Overall (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
3237 Points ∼52%
Google Pixel 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 8192
3290 Points ∼53% +2%
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3512 Points ∼57% +8%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 6144
4094 Points ∼66% +26%
realme X50 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
6205 Points ∼100% +92%
Oppo Find X2 Neo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
3931 Points ∼63% +21%
OnePlus Nord
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620, 12288
4054 Points ∼65% +25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  (3237 - 4094, n=12)
3792 Points ∼61% +17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6273, n=754)
1823 Points ∼29% -44%

When it comes to surfing the web, the Snapdragon 765G does a very good job. Even complex websites load quickly and the scrolling is always smooth.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
realme X50 Pro (Chrome 83)
69.54 Points ∼100% +42%
OnePlus Nord (Chrome 84)
58.665 Points ∼84% +20%
Google Pixel 5 (Chrome 86.0.4240.110)
50.811 Points ∼73% +4%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (Chrome83)
50.232 Points ∼72% +2%
Google Pixel 4a 5G (Chrome 86.0.4240.110)
49.09 Points ∼71%
Google Pixel 4a (Chrome 85)
47.798 Points ∼69% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G (15.8 - 60.5, n=11)
46.9 Points ∼67% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (9.13 - 161, n=214)
42.4 Points ∼61% -14%
Oppo Find X2 Neo (Chrome 83)
39.325 Points ∼57% -20%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
realme X50 Pro (Chrome 83)
116.67 Points ∼100% +26%
OnePlus Nord (Chrome 84)
94.481 Points ∼81% +2%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
93.643 Points ∼80% +1%
Google Pixel 4a 5G (Chrome 86.0.4240.110)
92.693 Points ∼79%
Google Pixel 5 (Chrome 86.0.4240.110)
88.938 Points ∼76% -4%
Google Pixel 4a (Chrome 85)
87.731 Points ∼75% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G (10.8 - 96.7, n=9)
79.4 Points ∼68% -14%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 375, n=648)
49.6 Points ∼43% -46%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
realme X50 Pro (Chrome 83)
67.3 runs/min ∼100% +39%
OnePlus Nord (Chome 84)
53.6 runs/min ∼80% +11%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (Chrome83)
50.7 runs/min ∼75% +5%
Google Pixel 5 (Chrome 86.0.4240.110)
49.2 runs/min ∼73% +1%
Google Pixel 4a 5G (Chrome 86.0.4240.110)
48.5 runs/min ∼72%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G (9 - 54.9, n=9)
46.1 runs/min ∼68% -5%
Average of class Smartphone (6.42 - 196, n=195)
44.8 runs/min ∼67% -8%
Google Pixel 4a (Chrome 85)
44.2 runs/min ∼66% -9%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
realme X50 Pro (Chrome 83)
102 Points ∼100% +36%
OnePlus Nord (Chrome 84)
101 Points ∼99% +35%
Google Pixel 5 (Chrome 86.0.4240.110)
77 Points ∼75% +3%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (Chrome83)
76 Points ∼75% +1%
Google Pixel 4a 5G (Chrome 86.0.4240.110)
75 Points ∼74%
Oppo Find X2 Neo (Chrome 83)
74 Points ∼73% -1%
Google Pixel 4a (Chrome 85)
71 Points ∼70% -5%
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 194, n=285)
70.8 Points ∼69% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G (20 - 101, n=11)
70.2 Points ∼69% -6%
Octane V2 - Total Score
realme X50 Pro
23768 Points ∼100% +25%
OnePlus Nord (Chrome 84)
19143 Points ∼81% +1%
Google Pixel 4a 5G (Chrome 86.0.4240.110)
19009 Points ∼80%
Google Pixel 5 (Chrome 86.0.4240.110)
18629 Points ∼78% -2%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (Chrome83)
18556 Points ∼78% -2%
Google Pixel 4a (Chrome 85)
17768 Points ∼75% -7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G (3592 - 19143, n=12)
16587 Points ∼70% -13%
Oppo Find X2 Neo (Chrome 83)
16523 Points ∼70% -13%
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 58632, n=817)
8268 Points ∼35% -57%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (460 - 59466, n=843)
9569 ms * ∼100% -274%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G (2359 - 15230, n=12)
3874 ms * ∼40% -51%
Google Pixel 4a (Chrome 85)
2949.9 ms * ∼31% -15%
OnePlus Nord (Chrome 84)
2834.8 ms * ∼30% -11%
Oppo Find X2 Neo (Chrome 83)
2689.4 ms * ∼28% -5%
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (Chrome83)
2602.2 ms * ∼27% -2%
Google Pixel 4a 5G (Chrome 86.0.4240.110)
2560.6 ms * ∼27%
Google Pixel 5 (Chrome 86.0.4240.110)
2469.8 ms * ∼26% +4%
realme X50 Pro (Chrome 83)
1999.7 ms * ∼21% +22%
realme X50 Pro
0 ms * ∼0% +100%

* ... smaller is better

The UFS 2.1 memory of the Pixel 4a 5G performs as well as it is supposed to. Thanks to its very high sequential read rates, the applications start very quickly and loading times are very short. The write speeds are also very good. Unfortunately, the smartphone does not have a microSD card slot.

Google Pixel 4a 5GGoogle Pixel 5Google Pixel 4aXiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5Grealme X50 ProOppo Find X2 NeoOnePlus NordAverage 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-16%
-11%
20%
97%
18%
10%
-17%
-61%
Random Write 4KB
186.74
155.87
-17%
187.39
0%
138.47
-26%
251.98
35%
143.8
-23%
104.5
-44%
114 (18.2 - 290, n=69)
-39%
39.2 (0.14 - 319, n=917)
-79%
Random Read 4KB
168.63
138.93
-18%
162.89
-3%
156.45
-7%
229.38
36%
160.47
-5%
126.7
-25%
144 (92.6 - 239, n=69)
-15%
62.2 (1.59 - 325, n=917)
-63%
Sequential Write 256KB
228.73
189.99
-17%
246.79
8%
476.87
108%
756.21
231%
454.36
99%
473.1
107%
241 (182 - 511, n=69)
5%
136 (2.99 - 1321, n=917)
-41%
Sequential Read 256KB
945.02
851.37
-10%
502.06
-47%
979.54
4%
1756.1
86%
943.1
0%
955.5
1%
768 (427 - 999, n=69)
-19%
358 (12.1 - 2037, n=917)
-62%

Gaming - The Pixel 4a 5G can hit up to 60 FPS

The Adreno 620, which is integrated into the Snapdragon 765G, can handle all the latest titles. However, it may struggle to run some games smoothly on high settings. Nevertheless, as our benchmarks show, which we conducted with the help of Gamebench, the Pixel 4a 5G can easily achieve playable frame rates in our selection of games. It can achieve a stable 30 FPS in PUBG Mobile on the HD preset and 60 FPS in less graphically demanding Armajet.

Armajet
Armajet
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
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; Armajet; 1.55.5: Ø59.7 (57-60)
; PUBG Mobile; 1.0.0: Ø29.9 (25-32)

Emissions - Cool in day-to-day use, but throttles under load

Temperature

Under sustained load, the surface temperatures of the Pixel 4a 5G peaked at 35.1 °C (95.18 °F), which is why it never feels hot. Usually, we use a battery testing utility known as GFXBench to examine how well our review device performs under sustained load. However, because GFXBench does not run on Android 11, we used an application known as Stability instead.

Result: After an hour of stress testing, the Pixel 4a 5G scored about 223000 points in the AnTuTu benchmark. Before the stress test, the result was 287000 points. The smartphone seems to throttle under sustained load. However, because the Pixel 4a 5G is quite powerful, such drops in performance should not be noticeable in day-to-day use.

Max. Load
 32.2 °C
90 F
32.4 °C
90 F
31.4 °C
89 F
 
 32.7 °C
91 F
34.3 °C
94 F
31.2 °C
88 F
 
 34.5 °C
94 F
35.1 °C
95 F
32.5 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 35.1 °C = 95 F
Average: 32.9 °C = 91 F
30.1 °C
86 F
31.9 °C
89 F
32 °C
90 F
29.3 °C
85 F
31.8 °C
89 F
33.3 °C
92 F
30.8 °C
87 F
34.7 °C
94 F
34.9 °C
95 F
Maximum: 34.9 °C = 95 F
Average: 32.1 °C = 90 F
Power Supply (max.)  26 °C = 79 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.9 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35.1 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 35.3 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 34.9 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.1 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.

Speakers

Frequency response
Frequency response

Both speakers of the Pixel 4a 5G are quite loud. Moreover, the sound does not become distorted at maximum volume. However, the speakers produce a very thin sound, because the lows are missing and the highs are overrepresented. 

The sound is good enough for listening to music or watching videos. Howbeit, for a better listening experience we recommend using a set of headphones. And here is where the Pixel 4a 5G is able to beat the Pixel 5, which does not feature a 3.5-mm audio jack. Users can also connect wireless headphones to the budget Pixel smartphone. The Pixel 4a 5G supports all current codes (aptX, aptX HD, LDAC).

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.438.72523.334.4312629.94022.636.25034.535.16319.936.18014.736.610014.436.712514.943.116017.853.620018.951.325011.756.431513.964.54001362.350010.367.263010.470.680012.470.4100011.173.2125011.272.1160012.776.6200012.379.5250012.678.7315012.777.7400012.782.6500012.784630013.579.780001475.81000013.570.61250014.972.8160001668SPL24.890.5N0.681median 12.7median 70.6Delta18.630.435.123.336.72641.522.64034.540.719.942.114.740.814.439.714.944.517.853.918.952.811.754.913.958.91359.610.363.410.466.812.471.411.177.911.284.412.782.712.375.112.675.312.778.212.78012.783.213.582.91478.813.57114.9641658.524.891.90.688.5median 12.7median 71110.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseGoogle Pixel 4a 5GGoogle Pixel 5
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Google Pixel 4a 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 19% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 77% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Google Pixel 5 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (91.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.2% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 11% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 82% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 37% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 56% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery Life - Google’s smartphone lasts for a long time

Energy Consumption

The Pixel 4a 5G draws 0.96 watts when idle and 2.95 watts under load, which is why it can be described as very energy efficient. However, it is not as energy-efficient as the Pixel 5. In the settings menu of the top-tier model, users can turn on Adaptive Battery, which can extend battery life by preventing applications running in the background.

The 3885-mAh battery of the Pixel 4a 5G takes almost two hours to fully charge with the included 18-watt power adapter. Unfortunately, the Pixel 4a 5G does not support Qi wireless charging or reverse wireless charging – the Pixel 5 supports both.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.17 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.7 / 0.96 / 0.98 Watt
Load midlight 2.95 / 5.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Google Pixel 4a 5G
3885 mAh
Google Pixel 5
4080 mAh
Google Pixel 4a
3140 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
4160 mAh
realme X50 Pro
4200 mAh
Oppo Find X2 Neo
4025 mAh
OnePlus Nord
4115 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
10%
4%
-105%
-67%
-57%
-85%
-59%
-55%
Idle Minimum *
0.7
0.69
1%
0.49
30%
1.5
-114%
1
-43%
0.8
-14%
1.8
-157%
0.958 (0.66 - 1.8, n=13)
-37%
0.892 (0.2 - 3.4, n=911)
-27%
Idle Average *
0.96
0.82
15%
0.96
-0%
2.2
-129%
1.77
-84%
2.21
-130%
2.1
-119%
1.924 (0.82 - 2.55, n=13)
-100%
1.758 (0.6 - 6.2, n=910)
-83%
Idle Maximum *
0.98
0.85
13%
1
-2%
2.9
-196%
1.86
-90%
2.23
-128%
2.3
-135%
2.07 (0.85 - 2.9, n=13)
-111%
2.04 (0.74 - 6.6, n=911)
-108%
Load Average *
2.95
2.73
7%
3.11
-5%
4.4
-49%
4.23
-43%
3.14
-6%
3.4
-15%
3.85 (2.73 - 6.8, n=13)
-31%
4.12 (0.8 - 10.8, n=905)
-40%
Load Maximum *
5.2
4.4
15%
5.23
-1%
7.2
-38%
9.13
-76%
5.44
-5%
5.2
-0%
5.91 (4.4 - 7.5, n=13)
-14%
6.12 (1.2 - 14.2, n=905)
-18%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The Pixel 4a 5G has a somewhat smaller battery than the Pixel 5. However, the battery capacity of 3885 mAh is still very good. In our battery test, the Pixel 5 achieved a 10% better battery runtime than the Pixel 4a 5G. The cheaper Pixel smartphone lasted 13 hours in our Wi-Fi test and 22 hours in the H.264 video test. These results indicate that the Pixel 4a 5G should last at least one day, and in some cases two days, on a single charge.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
40h 59min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
12h 48min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
22h 17min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 41min
Google Pixel 4a 5G
3885 mAh
Google Pixel 5
4080 mAh
Google Pixel 4a
3140 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
4160 mAh
realme X50 Pro
4200 mAh
Oppo Find X2 Neo
4025 mAh
OnePlus Nord
4115 mAh
Battery Runtime
1%
-19%
5%
-26%
-7%
-12%
Reader / Idle
2459
2245
-9%
2270
-8%
1683
-32%
1507
-39%
2003
-19%
H.264
1337
1466
10%
1045
-22%
1403
5%
1029
-23%
1064
-20%
WiFi v1.3
768
808
5%
669
-13%
884
15%
775
1%
712
-7%
869
13%
Load
341
333
-2%
225
-34%
448
31%
194
-43%
261
-23%

Pros

+ compact and light housing
+ 5G & NFC
+ Android 11 & extended software support
+ fast fingerprint sensor
+ very good camera
+ bright OLED screen
+ very good battery life

Cons

- no IP certification
- non-expandable memory
- no WiFi 6
- thin stereo sound
- no wireless charging

Verdict - The lower-priced version of the Pixel 5

Google Pixel 4a 5G review. Device provided courtesy of: Google Germany.
Google Pixel 4a 5G review. Device provided courtesy of: Google Germany.

The Pixel 4a 5G is a budget version of the Pixel 5. It offers an impressive price-to-performance ratio. When compared to previous “a” smartphones, it has no weaknesses.

When compared to the Pixel 5, the Pixel 4a 5G has the same exact mid-range SoC, the same exact dual-camera system and a very similar battery life. However, it costs 130 Euros (~$153) less. Moreover, it also features a 3.5-mm headphone jack, which the more premium Pixel 5 does not have. According to Google, the Pixel 4a 5G will receive software and security update for at least the next three years. 

Strong entry: The Google Pixel 4a 5G scores some major points not only with its large OLED display but also with its hardware, which is very similar to that of the flagship Pixel 5 that costs 130 Euros (~$153) more.

Aside from the screen, there are other areas where both Pixel smartphones differ from each other. The Pixel 4a 5G has only 6 GB of RAM, whereas the Pixel 5 has 8 GB of RAM. Moreover, the Pixel 4a 5G supports fewer 5G frequency bands and has a 60-Hz display. The Pixel 5 packs a 90-Hz screen, has an IP certification for dust and water resistance, supports (reverse) wireless charging, is made of more premium materials and feels better in the hand. However, the Pixel 4a 5G offers better call quality.

If you do not need 5G, then the 5.8-inch Pixel 4a is a good alternative to the Pixel 4a 5G: Not considerably slower, OLED screen, good battery life and significantly cheaper (the going price online is about 400 Euros (~$473)). And if you do not need 5G, but still want a high-end smartphone, then the Pixel 4 XL is worth considering. Right now, it costs about as much as the Pixel 4a 5G.

Google Pixel 4a 5G - 11/11/2020 v7
Manuel Masiero

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