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Google Pixel 4a smartphone in review: It's not about the megapixels

Super camera, low price. In the past, Google's Pixel smartphones have always had a couple of aspects to be criticized for. With the Pixel 4a, however, the points of criticism have been reduced to a minimum, and a budget smartphone has been created that among other things can shine with its excellent camera.
Mike Wobker, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain),
Google Pixel 4a

While Google's Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones were still packed with technology that was rather less suitable for everyday use, the Pixel 4a is now a rock-solid smartphone. Besides a camera, a fingerprint scanner, and an OLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC and 6 GB of RAM ensure a smooth system operation. A Qualcomm Adreno 618 GPU is responsible for graphics processing, and 128 GB of internal storage is more than adequate in the price range around 350 Euros (~$412).

With this configuration, we compare the Google Pixel 4a in this test to the competing devices listed below. You can also add more smartphones from our database for comparison under each section.

Google Pixel 4a (Pixel 4 Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G 8 x 2.2 GHz, Kryo 470 Gold / Silver
Graphics adapter
Memory
6144 MB 
, LPDDR4x
Display
5.80 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 444 PPI, capacitive, OLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, glossy: yes, HDR, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash, 128 GB 
, 113 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, e-compass, barometer, USB-C
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G GSM (850/900/1,800/1,900 MHz), 3G UMTS (B1/B2/B4/B5/B8), 4G LTE (B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B13/B17/B20/B25/B26/B28/B32/B38/B39/B40/B41/B66/B71), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.2 x 144 x 69.4 ( = 0.32 x 5.67 x 2.73 in)
Battery
3140 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 12.2 MPix f/1.7, 27 mm, 1/2.55", 1.4 µm
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.0, 24 mm, 1.12 µm
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, USB power adapter, USB Type-C cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, SAR value (head): 1.37 W/kg, SAR value (body): 1.39 W/kg, fanless
Weight
143 g ( = 5.04 oz / 0.32 pounds), Power Supply: 30 g ( = 1.06 oz / 0.07 pounds)
Price
350 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 %
09/2020
Google Pixel 4a
SD 730G, Adreno 618
143 g128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash5.80"2340x1080
85 %
05/2020
Apple iPhone SE 2020
A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU
148 g128 GB NVMe4.70"1334x750
78 %
08/2020
Sony Xperia 10 II
SD 665, Adreno 610
151 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.00"2520x1080
80 %
07/2020
Samsung Galaxy M31
Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3
191 g64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash6.40"2340x1080
83 %
08/2020
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
SD 730G, Adreno 618
204 g64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash6.47"2340x1080

Case - Pixel smartphone made of robust plastic

The case of the Pixel 4a, including the frame, is made of plastic. The frame is very stable, and the Google smartphone shows overall high-quality workmanship. The front is dominated by the display, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3; the only thing that interrupts the display's surface is the punch-hole camera. Moreover, you can find the main camera and a fingerprint scanner on the back. In comparison with other smartphones, the Google Pixel 4a is significantly smaller. With a display diagonal size of 5.8 inches, it's an extremely manageable smartphone. The weight is also very low at 143 grams.

Google Pixel 4a
Google Pixel 4a
Google Pixel 4a
Google Pixel 4a
Google Pixel 4a
Google Pixel 4a

Size comparison

159.2 mm / 6.27 inch 75.1 mm / 2.96 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 191 g0.4211 lbs157.8 mm / 6.21 inch 74.2 mm / 2.92 inch 9.67 mm / 0.3807 inch 204 g0.4497 lbs157 mm / 6.18 inch 69 mm / 2.72 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 151 g0.3329 lbs144 mm / 5.67 inch 69.4 mm / 2.73 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 143 g0.3153 lbs138.4 mm / 5.45 inch 67.3 mm / 2.65 inch 7.3 mm / 0.2874 inch 148 g0.3263 lbs

Connectivity - Android phone with audio jack

Google has installed a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC, a Qualcomm Adreno 618 graphics unit, 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of internal storage in the Pixel 4a. The manufacturer has forgone a microSD card reader, and there is also no dual-SIM slot. However, an eSIM can be registered in addition to the single nano SIM. The VoWLAN and VoLTE functions are also available.

The USB Type-C port can be used for wired data transfers; it supports the USB 3.1 Gen 1 standard internally. In addition, there's also a combined 3.5 mm audio jack. The Camera2 API provides the "Full" support level, and DRM Widevine L1 allows video content to be streamed in high resolution.

Top: 3.5 mm audio jack, microphone
Top: 3.5 mm audio jack, microphone
Right side: power button, volume rocker
Right side: power button, volume rocker
Bottom: speaker, USB Type-C, microphone
Bottom: speaker, USB Type-C, microphone
Left side: nano SIM card tray
Left side: nano SIM card tray

Software - Updates for three years

With the Google Pixel 4a, users get a pure Android 10 operating system with security patches at the level of August 5, 2020. No preinstalled applications from second or third parties are found. However, Google will extend the already existing functions with regular feature drops.

In this way, for example, apps suggested by time of day and improved screenshot functions found their way onto Pixel smartphones. Automatic folder names make it easier to find installed applications, and the keyboard app now offers smart replies in any messaging application. The latter, however, is currently only available with GBoard and in the English language. In addition, the manufacturer guarantees operating system and security updates for the next three years starting from the smartphone's release date.

An update to Android 11 was available towards the completion of our review.

Google Pixel 4a software
Google Pixel 4a software
Google Pixel 4a software
Google Pixel 4a software
Google Pixel 4a software
Google Pixel 4a software
Google Pixel 4a software
 

Communication and GPS - Pixel 4a with fast WLAN

The Google Pixel 4a can establish mobile radio connections in GSM, 3G, and LTE networks. With LTE Cat. 12, download speeds of up to 600 Mb/s and upload rates of up to 100 Mb/s are possible.

In close ranges, the Google phone allows communication via NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, and Wi-Fi 5. In combination with our Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router, the Pixel 4a achieved average speeds of 668 Mb/s for receiving data and 620 Mb/s for sending data over WLAN.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Google Pixel 4a
Adreno 618, SD 730G, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
668 (592min - 685max) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 128 GB NVMe
618 (321min - 653max) MBit/s ∼93% -7%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Adreno 618, SD 730G, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
341 (334min - 349max) MBit/s ∼51% -49%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
336 (282min - 350max) MBit/s ∼50% -50%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Adreno 610, SD 665, 128 GB eMMC Flash
326 (263min - 342max) MBit/s ∼49% -51%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 1414, n=623)
288 MBit/s ∼43% -57%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple iPhone SE 2020
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 128 GB NVMe
818 (400min - 892max) MBit/s ∼100% +32%
Google Pixel 4a
Adreno 618, SD 730G, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
620 (560min - 703max) MBit/s ∼76%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Adreno 610, SD 665, 128 GB eMMC Flash
334 (325min - 339max) MBit/s ∼41% -46%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Adreno 618, SD 730G, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
324 (310min - 330max) MBit/s ∼40% -48%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
297 (258min - 312max) MBit/s ∼36% -52%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 1599, n=623)
274 MBit/s ∼33% -56%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø667 (592-685)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø620 (560-703)
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test outdoors

The Google Pixel 4a can determine its location using GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo. With the app GPS Test, we are able to achieve an accuracy of up to four meters outdoors. In closed rooms, it was possible to obtain a position with an accuracy of up to 11 meters.

On our mandatory bicycle ride, the Pixel 4a doesn't track the route quite as accurately as our reference device, the Garmin Edge 500; but the deviation is rather small in curves as well as on prolonged straight sections, which is why the Google smartphone is still well suited for navigation tasks.

GNSS - Google Pixel 4a
GNSS - Google Pixel 4a
GNSS - Google Pixel 4a
GNSS - Google Pixel 4a
GNSS - Google Pixel 4a
GNSS - Google Pixel 4a
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500

Telephone and call quality - Clear connection

The Pixel 4a's telephone app allows quick access to your stored favorites and provides a button to display a keypad. Two additional tabs show recent calls and stored contacts. The Pixel 4a offers a good volume during calls and reliably filters out ambient noise. As a result, it's also suitable for use in noisy environments. In addition, the voices of the people on each end are transmitted clearly and understandably in both directions.

Cameras - Very good camera in the Google Pixel 4a

Portrait photo without bokeh
Portrait photo without bokeh
Portrait photo with subsequent bokeh
Portrait photo with subsequent bokeh

Google equips the Pixel 4a with a simple main camera. It has an image resolution of 12.2 MP and an f/1.7 aperture of 27 mm. The front-facing camera consists of an 8 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and a 24 mm focal length. Portrait photos taken with it show many details and strong colors. The image quality can be influenced with a retouching mode before the photo is taken and adjusted afterwards with an individual bokeh effect. In the settings menu, you can also activate RAW images and set the resolution between "Full" and "Medium".

The main camera of the Pixel 4a produces images with a very good quality. Our sample photographs show a lot of details and strong colors, but you can see the images becoming increasingly grainy outside the focus area and towards the edges. However, this is only clearly noticeable when zooming in. In close-up photography, the bokeh effect occasionally produces blurred edges where the different colors overlap. Since the main camera of the Google smartphone doesn't have a zoom lens, this effect needs to be processed by the software. The Pixel 4a also does this quite well, with object edges looking slightly blurred and details somewhat washed-out. Furthermore, our test subject is still clearly recognizable under poor lighting conditions. There are no dark areas on the picture; only a subtle graininess that covers the whole image can be seen. The camera app barely offers users any options to adjust the resulting image. In addition to the functions of the selfie camera described above, there are only two sliders that can be used to adjust brightness and slightly compensate for backlighting.

The video function delivers a similar quality to our test photographs. The camera also handles the changes between light and dark image areas very well. In terms of resolution, users can switch between Full HD and 4K, with only Full HD offering a choice between 30 and 60 fps.

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.

Main camera (rabbit)Main camera (flower)Zoom (5x)Low light
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Under controlled lighting conditions, our test photo of the ColorChecker Passport shows that the Pixel 4a camera usually captures colors slightly brighter than they should be. The test chart shows a strong and detailed image here, with a clear paleness becoming noticeable towards the lower corners.

At a fixed illumination level of one lux, both the test chart and colors are only just recognizable and show a visible gray veil. Overall, however, the image contents remain visible.

ColorChecker
26.1 ∆E
44.9 ∆E
33.4 ∆E
33.7 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
51.1 ∆E
41.7 ∆E
26.7 ∆E
30.7 ∆E
22.8 ∆E
51 ∆E
52.8 ∆E
23.4 ∆E
37.4 ∆E
25.2 ∆E
52.7 ∆E
31.8 ∆E
36.2 ∆E
54.6 ∆E
54.7 ∆E
44.2 ∆E
34.1 ∆E
23.5 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Google Pixel 4a: 36.79 ∆E min: 13.46 - max: 54.65 ∆E
ColorChecker
15.6 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
17.8 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
1.9 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Google Pixel 4a: 7.04 ∆E min: 1.91 - max: 17.76 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - Not much in the box

Google Pixel 4a - Accessories in the box
Google Pixel 4a - Accessories in the box

The Pixel 4a comes with a USB power adapter and its corresponding USB Type-C cable, a SIM tool, and a USB Type-A to Type-C adapter. Google also offers appropriate cases in its own store and wireless headphones as well in the form of the Pixel Buds.

Google grants buyers of the Pixel 4a a warranty period of 24 months.

Input devices and handling - Very fast fingerprint scanner

Google's GBoard keyboard app is available for users to enter text. It is well suited for the input of longer sentences and can be customized. The touchscreen responds reliably to every input, but it's not well suited for longer swiping gestures due to its comparatively high surface resistance. However, thanks to the deep integration of Google Assistant and the functions of the recorder app, many steps can also be performed by voice.

There's a fingerprint scanner on the back of the Pixel 4a that reacts extremely quickly to stored fingerprints. On the other hand, face recognition is not available.

Google Pixel 4a - Input
Google Pixel 4a - Input

Display - Vivid colors with the Pixel phone's OLED display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The Google Pixel 4a display consists of a 5.8-inch OLED panel and offers a resolution of 2340x1080 pixels. At an average of 707 cd/m², the brightness is better than on the other devices in our test field, and its distribution is at least on par with the competition at 96%. Without an activated ambient light sensor, the Pixel smartphone only reaches a luminosity of 434 cd/m². In the APL50 test, however, a very good 905 cd/m² is possible. The lowest adjustable brightness is 2.14 cd/m².

According to our measurements, the display flickers in a frequency range between 122.5 and 255.1 Hz depending on the brightness level, which could cause difficulties for users with sensitive eyes.

699
cd/m²
688
cd/m²
704
cd/m²
707
cd/m²
705
cd/m²
716
cd/m²
710
cd/m²
713
cd/m²
720
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 720 cd/m² Average: 706.9 cd/m² Minimum: 2.14 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 96 %
Center on Battery: 705 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 0.9 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7
ΔE Greyscale 1.3 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
95.3% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.26
Google Pixel 4a
OLED, 2340x1080, 5.80
Apple iPhone SE 2020
IPS, 1334x750, 4.70
Sony Xperia 10 II
OLED, 2520x1080, 6.00
Samsung Galaxy M31
Super AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.40
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.47
Screen
-12%
-46%
-85%
-3%
Brightness middle
705
688
-2%
591
-16%
622
-12%
605
-14%
Brightness
707
659
-7%
590
-17%
615
-13%
608
-14%
Brightness Distribution
96
92
-4%
97
1%
97
1%
95
-1%
Black Level *
0.28
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
0.9
1
-11%
1.42
-58%
2.25
-150%
0.84
7%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
1.9
2.2
-16%
3.83
-102%
6.22
-227%
1.8
5%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.3
1.7
-31%
2.4
-85%
2.7
-108%
1.3
-0%
Gamma
2.26 97%
2.25 98%
2.215 99%
2.019 109%
2.211 100%
CCT
6576 99%
6790 96%
9014 72%
6810 95%
6310 103%
Contrast
2457

* ... 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 255.1 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 255.1 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 255.1 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

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.

As is usual for OLED panels, the display of the Google Pixel 4a provides an excellent contrast ratio and a black level of 0 cd/m². Consequently, colors on the display appear very well separated from each other, and black tones are deep and rich. Users also have the option of adjusting the color temperature with the "Adaptive", "Natural" and "Boosted" modes found in the settings menu.

The CalMAN analysis shows that the color components are extremely balanced in all three modes. However, a different saturation and a higher or lower Delta E 2000 deviation produces an image that looks correspondingly more vivid or paler.

CalMAN - Color accuracy (Adaptive, sRGB)
CalMAN - Color accuracy (Adaptive, sRGB)
CalMAN - Color accuracy (Natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - Color accuracy (Natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - Color accuracy (Boosted, sRGB)
CalMAN - Color accuracy (Boosted, sRGB)
CalMAN - Color space (Adaptive, sRGB)
CalMAN - Color space (Adaptive, sRGB)
CalMAN - Color space (Natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - Color space (Natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - Color space (Boosted, sRGB)
CalMAN - Color space (Boosted, sRGB)
CalMAN - Grayscales (Adaptive, sRGB)
CalMAN - Grayscales (Adaptive, sRGB)
CalMAN - Grayscales (Natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - Grayscales (Natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - Grayscales (Boosted, sRGB)
CalMAN - Grayscales (Boosted, sRGB)
CalMAN - Saturation (Adaptive, sRGB)
CalMAN - Saturation (Adaptive, sRGB)
CalMAN - Saturation (Natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - Saturation (Natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - Saturation (Boosted, sRGB)
CalMAN - Saturation (Boosted, 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
3.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 1.6 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).

The Pixel 4a can be used well outdoors due to its high brightness value. Due to the display surface's comparatively stronger reflectiveness, users should still prefer places in the shade.

Google Pixel 4a - Outdoor use
Google Pixel 4a - Outdoor use
Google Pixel 4a - Outdoor use
Google Pixel 4a - Outdoor use

The Google smartphone's OLED panel is very viewing-angle stable. Image content can be viewed from almost any angle without becoming distorted. Only from very steep viewing angles can a slight green tint be perceived.

Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability

Performance - Good performance for the mid-range

Google equips the Pixel 4a with 6 GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G. This SoC dates back to 2019 and belonged to the upper mid-range segment at the time of its release. However, its performance is still sufficient for a reliable and smooth system operation and offers power for more demanding applications.

In our benchmarks, the Pixel 4a always achieves results that are in the upper half of our test field. In terms of system performance, it often performs slightly better than our chosen competitors.

Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3
Vulkan Score 5.3 (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
1030 Points ∼62%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
457 Points ∼28% -56%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1345 Points ∼81% +31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (987 - 1030, n=2)
1009 Points ∼61% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (72 - 4789, n=57)
1658 Points ∼100% +61%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
1646 Points ∼50%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
3281 Points ∼100% +99%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1405 Points ∼43% -15%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1325 Points ∼40% -20%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
1690 Points ∼52% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (1646 - 1786, n=5)
1722 Points ∼52% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (421 - 4160, n=151)
1959 Points ∼60% +19%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
549 Points ∼41%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
1336 Points ∼100% +143%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
310 Points ∼23% -44%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
348 Points ∼26% -37%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
547 Points ∼41% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (543 - 551, n=5)
547 Points ∼41% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (124 - 1604, n=151)
567 Points ∼42% +3%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
8683 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
6189 Points ∼71% -29%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
5587 Points ∼64% -36%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
7628 Points ∼88% -12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (7134 - 8683, n=6)
7715 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 15299, n=551)
6067 Points ∼70% -30%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
10200 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
7583 Points ∼74% -26%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
6202 Points ∼61% -39%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
8941 Points ∼88% -12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (8941 - 10200, n=6)
9422 Points ∼92% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 19989, n=704)
6655 Points ∼65% -35%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2720 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2444 Points ∼90% -10%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2163 Points ∼80% -20%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2686 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (2621 - 2775, n=6)
2720 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1740 - 4061, n=203)
2656 Points ∼98% -2%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2150 Points ∼70%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
981 Points ∼32% -54%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1442 Points ∼47% -33%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2143 Points ∼70% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (2143 - 2199, n=6)
2158 Points ∼70% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (203 - 11259, n=203)
3067 Points ∼100% +43%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2255 Points ∼83%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1132 Points ∼42% -50%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1557 Points ∼57% -31%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2244 Points ∼83% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (2244 - 2310, n=6)
2262 Points ∼83% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (253 - 6977, n=203)
2710 Points ∼100% +20%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3309 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
2898 Points ∼88% -12%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2541 Points ∼77% -23%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2332 Points ∼70% -30%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3058 Points ∼92% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (3058 - 3391, n=6)
3218 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5780, n=558)
2276 Points ∼69% -31%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2467 Points ∼31%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
7847 Points ∼100% +218%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
985 Points ∼13% -60%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1533 Points ∼20% -38%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2466 Points ∼31% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (2425 - 2492, n=6)
2459 Points ∼31% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 12146, n=558)
2271 Points ∼29% -8%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2615 Points ∼46%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
5688 Points ∼100% +118%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1140 Points ∼20% -56%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1659 Points ∼29% -37%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2577 Points ∼45% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (2561 - 2701, n=6)
2598 Points ∼46% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 9643, n=559)
2099 Points ∼37% -20%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3329 Points ∼82%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
4052 Points ∼100% +22%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2503 Points ∼62% -25%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2308 Points ∼57% -31%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3134 Points ∼77% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (3112 - 3352, n=6)
3213 Points ∼79% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5765, n=590)
2193 Points ∼54% -34%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3750 Points ∼19%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
20135 Points ∼100% +437%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1667 Points ∼8% -56%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1993 Points ∼10% -47%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3751 Points ∼19% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (3646 - 3773, n=6)
3703 Points ∼18% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 22052, n=590)
3096 Points ∼15% -17%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3647 Points ∼34%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
10699 Points ∼100% +193%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1801 Points ∼17% -51%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2055 Points ∼19% -44%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3594 Points ∼34% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (3513 - 3704, n=6)
3586 Points ∼34% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 11895, n=590)
2550 Points ∼24% -30%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3247 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
2892 Points ∼89% -11%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2580 Points ∼79% -21%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2258 Points ∼69% -30%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3257 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (3088 - 3328, n=6)
3216 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=638)
2149 Points ∼66% -34%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2310 Points ∼51%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
4573 Points ∼100% +98%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
984 Points ∼22% -57%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1478 Points ∼32% -36%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2298 Points ∼50% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (2237 - 2310, n=6)
2271 Points ∼50% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 11573, n=638)
1894 Points ∼41% -18%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2468 Points ∼61%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
4050 Points ∼100% +64%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1141 Points ∼28% -54%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1601 Points ∼40% -35%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
2459 Points ∼61% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (2388 - 2489, n=6)
2434 Points ∼60% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 9138, n=639)
1795 Points ∼44% -27%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3273 Points ∼99%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
2857 Points ∼87% -13%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2596 Points ∼79% -21%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2195 Points ∼67% -33%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3294 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (3075 - 3349, n=6)
3235 Points ∼98% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 5301, n=680)
2020 Points ∼61% -38%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3629 Points ∼39%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
9218 Points ∼100% +154%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1642 Points ∼18% -55%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2020 Points ∼22% -44%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3610 Points ∼39% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (3485 - 3678, n=6)
3567 Points ∼39% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 16670, n=679)
2514 Points ∼27% -31%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3543 Points ∼57%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
6168 Points ∼100% +74%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1788 Points ∼29% -50%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2056 Points ∼33% -42%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3594 Points ∼58% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (3399 - 3594, n=6)
3490 Points ∼57% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 11256, n=682)
2148 Points ∼35% -39%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
15527 Points ∼46%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
33851 Points ∼100% +118%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
20024 Points ∼59% +29%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
20128 Points ∼59% +30%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
20767 Points ∼61% +34%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (14820 - 22054, n=5)
18710 Points ∼55% +20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 59268, n=824)
15851 Points ∼47% +2%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
53548 Points ∼26%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
209431 Points ∼100% +291%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
25351 Points ∼12% -53%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
25160 Points ∼12% -53%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
53194 Points ∼25% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (50829 - 53548, n=5)
52404 Points ∼25% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 224130, n=822)
28668 Points ∼14% -46%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
34678 Points ∼36%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
97290 Points ∼100% +181%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
23936 Points ∼25% -31%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
23836 Points ∼24% -31%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
39491 Points ∼41% +14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (33007 - 39608, n=5)
37271 Points ∼38% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 117606, n=822)
21990 Points ∼23% -37%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
84 fps ∼34%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
250 fps ∼100% +198%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
36 fps ∼14% -57%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
36 fps ∼14% -57%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
83 fps ∼33% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (83 - 86, n=5)
84.4 fps ∼34% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.5 - 322, n=822)
47.9 fps ∼19% -43%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
59 fps ∼98%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
60 fps ∼100% +2%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
30 fps ∼50% -49%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
32 fps ∼53% -46%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
60 fps ∼100% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (57 - 60, n=5)
59.2 fps ∼99% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 142, n=831)
32.2 fps ∼54% -45%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
41 fps ∼28%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
149 fps ∼100% +263%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
19 fps ∼13% -54%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
18 fps ∼12% -56%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
41 fps ∼28% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (41 - 42, n=5)
41.4 fps ∼28% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.8 - 180, n=727)
28.5 fps ∼19% -30%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
38 fps ∼63%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
60 fps ∼100% +58%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
15 fps ∼25% -61%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
19 fps ∼32% -50%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
39 fps ∼65% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (36 - 39, n=5)
37.8 fps ∼63% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 117, n=735)
23.4 fps ∼39% -38%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
30 fps ∼32%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
93 fps ∼100% +210%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
13 fps ∼14% -57%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
16 fps ∼17% -47%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
30 fps ∼32% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (30 - 30, n=5)
30 fps ∼32% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.87 - 117, n=590)
22.8 fps ∼25% -24%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
28 fps ∼47%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
60 fps ∼100% +114%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
10 fps ∼17% -64%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
14 fps ∼23% -50%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
29 fps ∼48% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (26 - 29, n=5)
27.4 fps ∼46% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 110, n=592)
20.3 fps ∼34% -27%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
11 fps ∼18%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
60 fps ∼100% +445%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
3.9 (2.7min) fps ∼7% -65%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
5.7 fps ∼10% -48%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
11 fps ∼18% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (10 - 11, n=6)
10.3 fps ∼17% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=350)
11.7 fps ∼20% +6%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
6.6 fps ∼21%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
31 fps ∼100% +370%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2.7 fps ∼9% -59%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
3.6 fps ∼12% -45%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
6.7 fps ∼22% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (6.3 - 10, n=6)
7.17 fps ∼23% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 101, n=348)
8.25 fps ∼27% +25%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
17 fps ∼28%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
60 fps ∼100% +253%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
6.7 fps ∼11% -61%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
9.4 fps ∼16% -45%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
17 fps ∼28% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (16 - 17, n=6)
16.3 fps ∼27% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=354)
17.5 fps ∼29% +3%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
18 fps ∼25%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
72 fps ∼100% +300%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
8.1 fps ∼11% -55%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
10 fps ∼14% -44%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
18 fps ∼25% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (18 - 18, n=6)
18 fps ∼25% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 257, n=353)
20.1 fps ∼28% +12%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
17 fps ∼29%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
59 fps ∼100% +247%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
7.1 fps ∼12% -58%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
10 fps ∼17% -41%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
17 fps ∼29% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (17 - 17, n=5)
17 fps ∼29% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 75, n=515)
15.2 fps ∼26% -11%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
16 fps ∼27%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
60 fps ∼100% +275%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
5.7 fps ∼10% -64%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
9.1 fps ∼15% -43%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
17 fps ∼28% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (15 - 17, n=5)
15.8 fps ∼26% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=519)
13.4 fps ∼22% -16%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
269238 Points ∼55%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
489463 Points ∼100% +82%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
170126 Points ∼35% -37%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
187087 Points ∼38% -31%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
273255 Points ∼56% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (251673 - 273255, n=5)
264147 Points ∼54% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53335 - 622888, n=139)
326530 Points ∼67% +21%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
1283 Points ∼94%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
947 Points ∼69% -26%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
10 Points ∼1% -99%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
1365 Points ∼100% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (1190 - 1365, n=5)
1284 Points ∼94% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1745, n=754)
836 Points ∼61% -35%
Graphics (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3840 Points ∼99%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1911 Points ∼49% -50%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
2168 Points ∼56% -44%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3864 Points ∼99% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (3840 - 3984, n=5)
3885 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 16996, n=754)
2591 Points ∼67% -33%
Memory (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
4544 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1804 Points ∼40% -60%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
1775 Points ∼39% -61%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3752 Points ∼83% -17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (3678 - 4544, n=5)
4057 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 8874, n=754)
1948 Points ∼43% -57%
System (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
6796 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
4911 Points ∼72% -28%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
4699 Points ∼69% -31%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
6305 Points ∼93% -7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (6305 - 6796, n=5)
6582 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 14189, n=754)
3553 Points ∼52% -48%
Overall (sort by value)
Google Pixel 4a
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3512 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU, 3072
Points ∼0% -100%
Sony Xperia 10 II
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2001 Points ∼57% -43%
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 6144
649 Points ∼18% -82%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, Adreno 618, 6144
3342 Points ∼95% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  (3268 - 3512, n=5)
3385 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6273, n=754)
1823 Points ∼52% -48%

In the browser benchmarks, the Apple iPhone SE pushes the Pixel 4a into second place. Only in the Mozilla Kraken 1.1 test is the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite able to squeeze itself between the two competitors, resulting in the Pixel 4a dropping to third place in our test field's scores for this individual discipline.

In everyday use, websites open quickly, and the browser runs smoothly. Media content is also quickly available to view.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone SE 2020 (Safari Mobile 13.1)
139.668 Points ∼100% +192%
Google Pixel 4a (Chrome 85)
47.798 Points ∼34%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G (45.8 - 50.6, n=5)
47.3 Points ∼34% -1%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite (Chrome 83.0.4103.106)
46.148 Points ∼33% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (9.13 - 161, n=214)
42.4 Points ∼30% -11%
Samsung Galaxy M31 (Chrome 83)
27.807 Points ∼20% -42%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple iPhone SE 2020 (Safari Mobile 13.1)
278.62 Points ∼100% +218%
Google Pixel 4a (Chrome 85)
87.731 Points ∼31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G (79.2 - 87.7, n=5)
84 Points ∼30% -4%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite (Chrome 83.0.4103.106)
82.347 Points ∼30% -6%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 375, n=648)
49.6 Points ∼18% -43%
Sony Xperia 10 II (Chrome 84)
49.315 Points ∼18% -44%
Samsung Galaxy M31 (Chrome 83)
47.5 Points ∼17% -46%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPhone SE 2020 (Safari Mobile 13.1)
158 runs/min ∼100% +257%
Average of class Smartphone (6.42 - 196, n=195)
44.8 runs/min ∼28% +1%
Google Pixel 4a (Chrome 85)
44.2 runs/min ∼28%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G (40.4 - 44.2, n=5)
43 runs/min ∼27% -3%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite (Chrome 83.0.4103.106)
40.4 runs/min ∼26% -9%
Samsung Galaxy M31 (Chome 83)
29.4 runs/min ∼19% -33%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPhone SE 2020 (Safari Mobile 13.1)
146 Points ∼100% +106%
Google Pixel 4a (Chrome 85)
71 Points ∼49%
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 194, n=285)
70.8 Points ∼48% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G (66 - 77, n=5)
70.4 Points ∼48% -1%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite (Chrome 83.0.4103.106)
70 Points ∼48% -1%
Samsung Galaxy M31 (Chrome 83)
56 Points ∼38% -21%
Sony Xperia 10 II (Chrome 84)
47 Points ∼32% -34%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone SE 2020 (Safari Mobile 13.1)
48991 Points ∼100% +176%
Google Pixel 4a (Chrome 85)
17768 Points ∼36%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G (16197 - 17768, n=5)
16856 Points ∼34% -5%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite (Chrome 83.0.4103.106)
16197 Points ∼33% -9%
Samsung Galaxy M31 (Chrome 83)
10434 Points ∼21% -41%
Sony Xperia 10 II (Chrome 84)
9671 Points ∼20% -46%
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 58632, n=817)
8268 Points ∼17% -53%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (460 - 59466, n=843)
9569 ms * ∼100% -224%
Samsung Galaxy M31 (Chrome 83)
4786.2 ms * ∼50% -62%
Sony Xperia 10 II (Chrome 84)
4629.3 ms * ∼48% -57%
Google Pixel 4a (Chrome 85)
2949.9 ms * ∼31%
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite (Chrome 83.0.4103.106)
2940.5 ms * ∼31% -0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G (2770 - 3054, n=5)
2900 ms * ∼30% +2%
Apple iPhone SE 2020 (Safari Mobile 13.1)
549.9 ms * ∼6% +81%

* ... smaller is better

Users of the Pixel 4a have 128 GB of UFS 2.0 storage at their disposal, of which approximately 113 GB can be used for the installation and storage of their own data. In our storage benchmark, the result is at the average level of other smartphones with this type of memory, but it's sufficient to lead our test field.

The Google Pixel 4a does not offer a memory card reader.

Google Pixel 4aSony Xperia 10 IISamsung Galaxy M31Xiaomi Mi Note 10 LiteAverage 128 GB UFS 2.0 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-47%
-13%
-16%
-24%
-54%
Random Write 4KB
187.39
56.74
-70%
152.4
-19%
125.75
-33%
88.1 (13.5 - 187, n=24)
-53%
39.2 (0.14 - 319, n=917)
-79%
Random Read 4KB
162.89
76.83
-53%
128.9
-21%
134.57
-17%
126 (88.4 - 173, n=24)
-23%
62.2 (1.59 - 325, n=917)
-62%
Sequential Write 256KB
246.79
188.21
-24%
221.7
-10%
213.22
-14%
197 (143 - 257, n=24)
-20%
136 (2.99 - 1321, n=917)
-45%
Sequential Read 256KB
502.06
293.49
-42%
489.5
-3%
501.29
0%
495 (409 - 733, n=24)
-1%
358 (12.1 - 2037, n=917)
-29%

Games - Maximum graphics not always possible

Qualcomm Adreno 618 is used to display image content in the Pixel 4a. Consequently, performance is just enough to play modern games smoothly at high graphics settings. In order to get permanently stable frame rates around 30 fps, however, the detail level needs to be reduced in very demanding titles.

The titles that we tested with Gamebench, Arena of Valor and PUBG Mobile, ran smoothly even at high graphics settings. With the latter, however, the frame rates started to show fluctuations at high detail levels. Controlling the game with the touchscreen worked well, although the screen surface occasionally offered a little too much resistance to the fingertips.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
010203040506070Tooltip
; PUBG Mobile; Smooth: Ø39.7 (36-42)
; PUBG Mobile; HD: Ø29.8 (17-31)
; Arena of Valor; min: Ø60.1 (60-61)
; Arena of Valor; high HD: Ø60 (54-61)

Emissions - Suitable speakers

Temperature

Manhattan 3.1
Manhattan 3.1
ES 2.0
ES 2.0

Our measurements show that the Pixel 4a reaches surface temperatures of up to 38.4 °C (~101 °F) under load. As a result, the smartphone only heats up moderately. The demanding Manhattan 3.1 and ES 2.0 GFXBench endurance tests also show that users don't have to expect a drop in system performance, even with prolonged use.

Max. Load
 36.5 °C
98 F
35.5 °C
96 F
34 °C
93 F
 
 37.9 °C
100 F
37.8 °C
100 F
35.5 °C
96 F
 
 35.2 °C
95 F
38.2 °C
101 F
35.4 °C
96 F
 
Maximum: 38.2 °C = 101 F
Average: 36.2 °C = 97 F
33.3 °C
92 F
35 °C
95 F
34.5 °C
94 F
32.3 °C
90 F
37.1 °C
99 F
36.8 °C
98 F
30.7 °C
87 F
33.2 °C
92 F
36.8 °C
98 F
Maximum: 37.1 °C = 99 F
Average: 34.4 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  25 °C = 77 F | Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.2 °C / 97 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 38.2 °C / 101 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 37.1 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.4 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
Heat map - Top
Heat map - Top
Heat map - Bottom
Heat map - Bottom

Speakers

The Pixel 4a has two speakers available for the playback of media content. These offer a high volume and a sound spectrum with pronounced highs. For the occasional playback of music and shows, the sound is suitable, but external speakers or headphones are recommended in the long run.

Google Pixel 4a - Speakers
Google Pixel 4a - Speakers
Google Pixel 4a - Audio (3.5 mm audio jack)
Google Pixel 4a - Audio (3.5 mm audio jack)
Google Pixel 4a - Signal-to-noise ratio (3.5 mm audio jack): -100.71 dB
Google Pixel 4a - Signal-to-noise ratio (3.5 mm audio jack): -100.71 dB
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.931.8252919.83121.924.4402220.95029.934.8632220.18019.321.610016.3321251441.716016.951.320014.951.725014.155.531510604001161.150011.76563010.966.180011.967.910001171.1125010.269.9160011.473.3200012.875.4250012.973.5315012.57540001379.1500013.178630013.470.7800015.768.71000013.566.6125001470.21600013.771.1SPL24.886N0.663median 13median 68.7Delta1.16.132.827.426.227.423.322.921.9252825.819.924.419.125.519.928.616.53919.64917.549.317.54813.951.513.952.815.858.815.260.71466.31468.613.97213.473.913.874.614.375.91477.114.576.914.677.914.57614.772.615.166.51558.314.847.126.586.40.862.5median 14.6median 66.3112.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseGoogle Pixel 4aApple iPhone SE 2020
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Google Pixel 4a audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 14% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 82% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple iPhone SE 2020 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.3% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8.4% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 38% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 50% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 61% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 31% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery life - The Pixel 4a offers fast charging times and endurance

Energy consumption

According to our energy consumption measurements, the Pixel 4a is the most energy-efficient Android smartphone in our test field. Only the Apple iPhone SE shows even lower power consumption.

The included USB power adapter offers an output of 18 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.21 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.49 / 0.96 / 1 Watt
Load midlight 3.11 / 5.23 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Google Pixel 4a
3140 mAh
Apple iPhone SE 2020
1822 mAh
Sony Xperia 10 II
3600 mAh
Samsung Galaxy M31
6000 mAh
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
5260 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-14%
-118%
-166%
-39%
-45%
-64%
Idle Minimum *
0.49
0.44
10%
1.5
-206%
1.6
-227%
0.8
-63%
0.698 (0.49 - 0.8, n=5)
-42%
0.892 (0.2 - 3.4, n=911)
-82%
Idle Average *
0.96
1.56
-63%
2.1
-119%
2.3
-140%
1.1
-15%
1.362 (0.96 - 1.8, n=5)
-42%
1.758 (0.6 - 6.2, n=910)
-83%
Idle Maximum *
1
1.63
-63%
2.8
-180%
3.7
-270%
1.8
-80%
1.712 (1 - 2.2, n=5)
-71%
2.04 (0.74 - 6.6, n=911)
-104%
Load Average *
3.11
2.32
25%
4.5
-45%
6.7
-115%
3.7
-19%
4.54 (3.11 - 5.38, n=5)
-46%
4.12 (0.8 - 10.8, n=905)
-32%
Load Maximum *
5.23
4.12
21%
7.2
-38%
9.4
-80%
6.1
-17%
6.59 (5.23 - 7.5, n=5)
-26%
6.12 (1.2 - 14.2, n=905)
-17%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

In our practical WLAN test, the Pixel 4a achieves a runtime of just over 11 hours. Consequently, it can make good use of its 3,180-mAh battery.

The battery is fully recharged after about one-and-a-half hours with the included charger.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
37h 50min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
11h 9min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
17h 25min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 45min
Google Pixel 4a
3140 mAh
Apple iPhone SE 2020
1822 mAh
Sony Xperia 10 II
3600 mAh
Samsung Galaxy M31
6000 mAh
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
5260 mAh
Battery Runtime
-21%
11%
47%
36%
Reader / Idle
2270
1938
-15%
2456
8%
2249
-1%
H.264
1045
681
-35%
1432
37%
1370
31%
WiFi v1.3
669
694
4%
743
11%
1324
98%
1095
64%
Load
225
143
-36%
326
45%
337
50%

Pros

+ compact size
+ good camera performance
+ good battery life
+ solid system performance
+ USB 3.2

Cons

- no microSD card reader
- display flickers at a low frequency
- no face recognition

Verdict - The king of the mid-range

In review: Google Pixel 4a. Test device provided by: Google Germany
In review: Google Pixel 4a. Test device provided by: Google Germany

With the Pixel 4a, Google succeeds in creating a suitable smartphone that has many strengths and only minor weaknesses. Both the system and the battery performance are good for a mid-range smartphone, and the 128 GB of internal storage space results in the lack of a microSD card slot not being that big of an issue. In addition, the camera performance is almost on par with the "big" Pixel 4 devices and is unparalleled in this price range. The display size of "only" 5.8 inches also makes it one of the more compact smartphones currently available.

The Pixel 4a is an inexpensive Google smartphone that should appeal to fans of small smartphones in particular.

The Pixel 4a also deserves a plus point for its very bright screen. Thanks to its OLED panel, it also offers vivid colors and a first-class contrast ratio. Users with sensitive eyes will notice the wide frequency range in which the display flickers, though. From a completely subjective standpoint, however, the author of these lines has already used smartphones that put more strain on the eyes than was the case with the Pixel 4a despite them flickering at significantly higher frequencies. In the end, only trial and error can help you in this regard.

Google Pixel 4a - 09/21/2020 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
51 / 70 → 72%
Weight
93%
Battery
90%
Display
92%
Games Performance
28 / 64 → 43%
Application Performance
72 / 86 → 83%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
78 / 90 → 87%
Camera
67%
Average
77%
84%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2020-09-23 (Update: 2020-09-25)
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I made my first IT walking attempts on a 386 with 4 MB of RAM. After that followed various PCs and notebooks, which I looked after and repaired in my circle of friends and acquaintances. After an apprenticeship as a telecommunications systems engineer and several years of professional experience, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Today I live out my fascination for IT, technology and mobile devices by writing test reports. In my free time I like to devote myself to vegan cooking and spend time with my family, which includes a whole range of animal roommates.