Pixel 3 XL vs Pixel 4a

Swappasaurus says...

Upgrading from the Pixel 3 XL to the Pixel 4a means jumping up one generation. It also means getting a smaller phone with a smaller overall form factor. The Pixel 4a has a 5.8-inch display and measurements of 5.7 (H) by 2.7 (W). For comparison, the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch display and measures in at 6.2 (H) by 3.0 (W). The display on both models have HDR support, but the Pixel 4a also has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 cover glass for added protection. Other highlights of the Pixel 4a display include it being FHD+ OLED with a 100,000:1 contrast ratio and a resolution of 2340 x 1080. The internal storage stays the same at 128GB for both models, but the RAM goes from 4GB on the Pixel 3 XL to 6GB on the Pixel 4a. The Pixel 4a also has a 3,140 mAh battery with fast wireless charging, but it does not support wireless charging. Remaining features for the Pixel 4a include an 8MP front-facing camera, a 12.2MP dual-pixel rear-facing camera, Snapdragon 730G processor, and a soft-touch polycarbonate unibody design.

Price Comparison

Pixel 3 XL vs Pixel 4a Pricing

Pixel 3 XL prices start at $59, which is cheaper than the Pixel 4a low price of $89.

Specs Comparison



Size Pixel 3 XL Pixel 4a
Width 77 mm 3.0 inches 69 mm 2.7 inches
Height 158 mm 6.2 inches 144 mm 5.7 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches 8 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 184 g 6.5 ounces 143 g 5.0 ounces


Camera Pixel 3 XL Pixel 4a
Primary 12.2 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032x3024 4032x3024


Display Pixel 3 XL Pixel 4a
Resolution 1440x2960 1080x2340
Screen Size 160 mm 6.3 in 148 mm 5.8 in
Pixels Per Inch 522 ppi 444 ppi


Battery Pixel 3 XL Pixel 4a
Capacity 3430 mAh 3140 mAh


Processor Pixel 3 XL Pixel 4a
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845 (Napali) Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SM7150-AB

Color Choices

Pixel 3 XL

Available in 3 colors:

  • Black
  • Pink
  • White

Which Pixel 3 XL color should you buy?

Pixel 4a

Available in 2 colors:

  • Black
  • Blue

Which color Pixel 4a is the most popular?

Pixel 3 XL vs Pixel 4a Colors

The Pixel 3 XL introduces one new color not found in the Pixel 4a color palette: Blue. Both the Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 4a share one color: Black. However, the Pixel 3 XL does away with White and Pink, previously seen on the Pixel 4a.

Storage Options

Pixel 3 XL

Choose from 2 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB

Which Pixel 3 XL storage should I buy?

Pixel 4a

Choose from 1 storage option:

  • 128GB

Which storage Pixel 4a is the most popular?

Pixel 3 XL vs Pixel 4a Storage

Both the Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 4a share one storage option: 128GB. However, the Pixel 4a does not have options for 64GB, as seen on the Pixel 3 XL.


Pixel 3 XL

94 reviews 4.9 stars

Pixel 4a

30 reviews 4.9 stars

Pixel 3 XL vs Pixel 4a Reviews

Both the Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 4a earn 4.9 of 5.0 stars from Swappa user reviews.

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