Pixel 3 vs Pixel 4a

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Upgrading from a Pixel 3 to a Pixel 4a would put you on a two-year upgrade cycle. Typically, following a two-year upgrade cycle means getting a large boost in performance. In this case, the Pixel 3 launched as a flagship and the Pixel 4a launched as a mid-range model. This will be a good upgrade path, but it means the improvements will not be as sweeping. One perk you will notice immediately is the look and feel of the phone. The Pixel 4a has a 5.8-inch display and measurements of 5.7 (H) by 2.7 (W), and the Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch display and measurements of 5.7 (H) by 2.7 (W). Essentially, you’ll be getting a slightly bigger display without getting a bigger phone. This is due to the slimmer bezels and the use of the hole-punch style camera on the Pixel 4a. The display is also an always-on with HDR support, a Gorilla Glass 3 glass cover, and a resolution of 2340 x 1080. The Pixel 4a also has a soft-touch polycarbonate unibody design. Other highlights on the Pixel 4a include a 3,140 mAh battery with fast charging capabilities, 128GB of storage, 6GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 730G processor, and a 12.2MP (f/1.7) dual-pixel camera on the back.

Price Comparison

Pixel 3 vs Pixel 4a Pricing

Pixel 3 prices start at $61, which is cheaper than the Pixel 4a low price of $84.

Specs Comparison



Size Pixel 3 Pixel 4a
Width 68 mm 2.7 inches 69 mm 2.7 inches
Height 146 mm 5.7 inches 144 mm 5.7 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches 8 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 148 g 5.2 ounces 143 g 5.0 ounces


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


Display Pixel 3 Pixel 4a
Resolution 1080x2160 1080x2340
Screen Size 139 mm 5.5 in 148 mm 5.8 in
Pixels Per Inch 439 ppi 444 ppi


Battery Pixel 3 Pixel 4a
Capacity 2915 mAh 3140 mAh


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

Color Choices

Pixel 3

Available in 3 colors:

  • Black
  • Pink
  • White

Which Pixel 3 color should you buy?

Pixel 4a

Available in 2 colors:

  • Black
  • Blue

Which color Pixel 4a is the most popular?

Pixel 3 vs Pixel 4a Colors

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

Storage Options

Pixel 3

Choose from 2 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB

Which Pixel 3 storage should I buy?

Pixel 4a

Choose from 1 storage option:

  • 128GB

Which storage Pixel 4a is the most popular?

Pixel 3 vs Pixel 4a Storage

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


Pixel 3

81 reviews 4.8 stars

Pixel 4a

30 reviews 4.9 stars

Pixel 3 vs Pixel 4a Reviews

Users rate the Pixel 3 with 4.8 stars, compared to the Pixel 4a with 4.9 of 5.0 stars.

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