Our Opinion

The Google Pixel 4a is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S10e, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Google Pixel 4a!

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Excellence Score
69.2
64.6
Value for Money Score
70.4
51.8
Price ₹ 29,999 onwards ₹ 48,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2020 Feb, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10, Upgradeable to Android 11Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.81 inches 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 444 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features OLED, Always-on display, HDR Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.7 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9820 OctaRanked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Mali-G76 MP12
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12.2MP 16MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.7 Aperture, 27mm Focal Length (Wide), 1/2.55" Sensor Size, 1.4um Pixel Size, OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, Auto-HDR, Panorama 12MP: F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length (wide); 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide), Auto-HDR, Panorama, Slo-mo Video ([email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]), HDR, Dual-video Rec.
Secondary Camera 8MP 10MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.12um Pixel Size, Auto-HDR F/1.9 Aperture, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual Video Call, Auto-HDR, 4K Video Rec.
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM + GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.2 mmMedium 7.9 mmMedium
Weight 143 gmLight 150 gmLight
Width 69.4 mmComfortable for one-handed use 69.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3140 mAh 3100 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; DLNA; NFC; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 6); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Qi Fast Wireless charging; Bixby; Samsung Pay; Reverse Wireless charging; NFC; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; AKG sound
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Cute, minimalist design - the matte textured polycarbonate back makes it feel much nicer and less slippery
  • One of the more compact Android smartphones - the result is a handset which is extremely easy to handle, and one-handed use is almost effortless
  • Extremely light-weight, tipping the scales at just 143g
  • The signature coloured lock button is still present and adds a little flair to the overall esthetics
  • The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back, and recognition is fast
  • The screen is a 5.81-inch, Full HD+ OLED panel, and it looks fantastic - the screen provides bright, clear and colourful visuals, watching the HDR content is a pleasing experience, with excellent detail and colour reproduction
  • The Google Pixel 4a also features an always-on display, which will permanently display some useful things like the time, date, battery level, weather and notifications
  • Of course, one of the key selling points of the Pixel series, is the clean, stock version of Android directly from Google, along with three years of promised updates (which are generally delivered almost as soon as they are launched)
  • Then there are some interesting Pixel-only features like the search giant's Recorder app, which can live-transcribe meetings and conversations, help you make notes and some other useful stuff
  • Good performance from the reliable Snapdragon 730G - it can handle any app or game that you run with ease - the heavy games like COD: Mobile also runs well with medium graphics
  • Excellent 12.2MP camera at the back - the camera shines in bright daylight photography: details are well resolved without oversharpening and there's barely any noise - images have great colour and dynamic range, and maintained more contrast than other devices currently on the market
  • Low-light photos are quite good, dynamic range and details are great - adding the Google's Night Sight to the mix and the photos are generally more exposed in the shadows and offer a white balance that's more true to life - it improves the detail and reduces the noise
  • The Pixel 4a supports Astrophotography - it is meant for capturing the starry night skies or moonlit landscapes, depending on the scene, the camera can take anywhere from 1 to more than 3 minutes to capture a shot
  • Portrait mode is impressive with good subject separation and natural background blur
  • The front-facing 8MP camera on the Google Pixel 4a is a solid snapper and produces selfies with good colour and detail
  • There's the obligatory selfie portrait mode, which can apply background blur for artsy self-portraits, and Night Sight is also available on the front camera - this worked well when you try to snap a selfie in lighting that is less than ideal
  • Overall, the images are nearly indistinguishable from the much pricier Pixel 4, that never launched in India - which makes the Pixel 4a arguably the best camera at this price
  • Decent battery life from the 3140 mAh battery - it can last a full day of regular use
  • Decent fast charging from the 18W fast charger in the box, it can fill the phone up in about 90 mins (though, at this price there are better fast charging options available from competition)
  • The Pixel 4a is a simple, no-nonsense phone, it isn't trying to do anything flashy, and if you’re tired of big, expensive phones and just want something compact that works, and works well, it is a good choice to consider
  • Absolutely gorgeous, slick design, which is truly all-screen, and minimal bezels - with a punch hole for the front camera
  • Top quality build
  • Feels great in the hand thanks to curved sides on the front and back
  • Most compact and easiest to handle among the Galaxy S10 troika, and actually one of the few compact high-end phones available today
  • Has a traditional fingerprint sensor on its right side, which works quite well (though lefties and people with small hands may find the fingerprint reader placement a tad inconvenient)
  • There is also lightning fast face unlock
  • Very good display - the AMOLED display on the Galaxy S10e is pretty immersive, with its all-screen design, and minimal bezels
  • Dynamic Tone Mapping delivers enhanced brightness and a wider color range and Samsung has worked to reduce blue light emission, which can be harmful for your eyes
  • The Galaxy S10e's panel also gets plenty bright at 625 nits of peak brightness
  • The OneUI software on the Galaxy S10 is slick and streamlined as promised, and fairly easy to use - it's one of the better Android UIs you will come across - in fact, it is arguably the best custom Android skin after Oxygen OS, and that’s a huge deal for the Samsung brand
  • With the power beast Exynos 9820 chip inside, the Galaxy S10e is simply the fastest Android phone yet - and only a shade behind Apple's iPhone XR/XS - it will steamroll through anything you throw at it - and gameplay in even the most complex games is smooth like butter
  • There is also a new set of features Samsung calls “Intelligent Performance” - using artificial intelligence, the Galaxy S10 lineup can automatically and continuously optimize battery, CPU, RAM, and even device temperature based on what you’re doing with the phone at any given time - Intelligent Performance also learns when you use certain apps over time, and it can pre-load them in the background based on time and location - this way, your most frequently used apps are lightning-fast to launch
  • Continuing Samsung's tradition of including some excellent cameras on its flagships, the 3 cameras on the S10e (2 rear + 1 front) pack quite some punch
  • The two cameras in the rear include a 12-MP dual-pixel main shooter with a variable aperture (f/1.5, f/2.4), and an ultra-wide 16-MP camera (f/2.2) that gives you a 123-degree view
  • The ultra-wide angle lens on the S10e can produce dramatic-looking photos, giving you a more captivating view of almost any scene
  • If you like portraits, you’ll like the Live Focus effects Samsung has added to the mix - you can choose from Blur, Spin, Zoom and Color point (which puts the main subject in color and the background in black and white) - you can also apply these effects to portraits or selfies after you shoot
  • Low light photography is pretty strong too, though not quite to the level of the Pixel 3
  • The front camera is pretty good too (though portraits aren't as good as on the S10+)
  • Video recording is top-notch too, especially with the new 'Super Steady' mode - that produces the kind of smooth tracking shots you’d see in a movie
  • Includes a headphone jack, something that's not that easy to find among flagships today
  • Has pretty powerful speakers (though they are not up to the level of the the stereo sound from the iPhone XS Max which delivers more robust bass and richer audio overall)
  • Decent battery life with a 3100mAh battery, an optimized processor, and AI based 'Adaptive Battery' chops, and a relatively lower screen resolution
  • The handy PowerShare feature lets you use the back of the S10e to wirelessly charge other phones and gadgets that use the Qi standard (including the iPhones XS, and Galaxy Buds)
  • The Galaxy S10e will be a great value pick among this year's S10s - it still has the same super fast processor, and is in fact the easiest to hold/handle - and the only compromises over the S10 in terms of a having a Full HD+ non-curving display, traditional fingerprint sensor, and no telephoto camera on the rear - might not matter much to most people
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The materials used don't look or feel particularly premium
  • The performance isn't the best for the price - there are plenty of similarly priced handsets offering newer chipsets, more RAM, and a variety of storage options, like the OnePlus Nord
  • However, if you want more from your phone, there are better options available that offer better design, performance, battery and fast charging, like the OnePlus Nord
  • The edges are not curved here like the S10/S10+, so the screen is not quite as stunning
  • The punch hole for the front camera can be a bit distracting at times - especially when you’re using an app with a white background like Gmail - whether you prefer this approach to a 'full screen' device or the water-drop notch approach may be down to personal preference - while notches are usually larger, they still maintain the symmetry of the phone - so it's a bit of a toss-up - though, just like a notch, this is something you quickly get used to, and ultimately stop even noticing
  • The rear cameras lack the telephoto lens though, so there is no 2x optical zoom that's present in the S10/S10+
  • While fast charging is of course supported, the charging speeds over the Adaptive Fast Charging protocol aren't all that impressive for a 2019 flagship - it will take you 30 minutes to charge the phone to about 36% with the included 15W charger in the box - it's a decent speed but the fast charging standards of the likes of OnePlus, Oppo, and Vivo are significantly better
  • There is still strong competition though - while the S10e is a great, powerful all-rounder, if you are looking for the best camera, you should consider the Pixel 3, and if you are looking for even more powerful performance, or prefer the iOS ecosystem, you can look at the iPhone XR
Expert Reviews
  1. The Google Pixel 4a offers a fully rounded Pixel experience in a compact size and at a budget-friendly price point
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Google's impressive single-camera smartphone photography arrives in an affordable, one-hand-friendly design
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A compact phone that's easy to use, a beautiful screen, and one of the best cameras in this price range, the Pixel 4a is hard to beat
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you’ve always wanted the better camera system but prefer a smaller and compact sized Android smartphone, the Pixel 4a is your best option
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Equal Parts Impressive & Discouraging, Depending On What You Need From It
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The perfect phone for 2020
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Pixel 4a is the photography relief the budget segment needed
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  8. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. theguardian.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  19. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  27. neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  28. pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  30. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. Do we recommend the Galaxy S10e? In a heartbeat.
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Finally, a no-compromise compact Android phone...an easy recommendation on our part
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A dream come true for value shoppers who love small phones
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Delivers the essentials of the S10 experience in a package that feels more manageable, both physically and financially
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Samsung's big 2019 flagship Android phones deliver in more ways than you'd think
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. You’re getting nearly the full S10 experience without spending as much money and in a size that’s a lot more appealing across demographics
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Very good value...you get most of the guts of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ in a body that's a lot more compact and manageable
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Compact flagship done right
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The compact flagship to beat in 2019
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Costs less and has virtually every feature the S10 and S10+ have, including one they don't: a physical fingerprint reader that works really well
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. If you want a premium compact smartphone, then the Galaxy S10e is the best phone to buy
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Pretty great if you like small, powerful phones
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A tempting proposition
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. Buy it
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. A (nearly) complete Galaxy S10 experience in a smaller, less expensive package
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Definitely one of the most enjoyable phones I've held...a really mature execution of a not-so-expensive phone
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. In terms of pure value, the S10e is not only the best deal out of the new Galaxy S10 trio, it also puts other “affordable” flagships to shame
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  21. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
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  24. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  26. digit.in hands-on Read Review »
  27. arstechnica.com hands-on Read Review »
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