Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is a significantly better phone than the Google Pixel 4a, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus!

Google Pixel 4a  Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 
Google Pixel 4a Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
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Excellence Score
69.0
90.5
Value for Money Score
70.2
82.5
Price ₹ 29,999 onwards ₹ 48,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2020 Feb, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10, Upgradeable to Android 11Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.81 inches 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 444 pixels per inch) 1440x3200 pixels (~ 524 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 120 HzSuper High
Display Features OLED, Always-on display, HDR Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.73 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 990Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Mali-G77 MP11
RAM 6 GB 8 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 64MP + 12MP + 12MP + TOF 3D Camera
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (8K)
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 64MP: f/2.0 Aperture; Telephoto; PDAF; OIS; 3x Hybrid Optical Zoom, 12MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; Autofocus; Super Steady video, 0.3 MP: TOF 3D Camera, Auto-HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]/60/240fps, HDR10+ Video, Dual-video rec., Stereo Sound rec., Gyro-EIS, OIS
Secondary Camera 8MP 10MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.12um Pixel Size, Auto-HDR f/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3.2" Sensor Size, 1.22um Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR, Video: [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]
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 7.8 mmMedium
Weight 143 gmLight 188 gmMedium
Width 69.4 mmComfortable for one-handed use 73.7 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3140 mAh 4500 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, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger Yes
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 In-display Supersonic Fingerprint Sensor; Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 6); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Bixby; Samsung Pay; Reverse Wireless charging; UFS 3.0 Storage; USB Power Delivery 3.0; 15W Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging; 9W Power bank/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
  • Top end flagship build quality - the S20 Plus is a fine piece of hardware that exudes quality and craftsmanship
  • The front looks absolutely gorgeous with an almost edge to edge screen and just a single punch-hole at the top centre - the front glass is slightly less curved along the side edges than previous S series phones
  • The phone is sealed tight and carries an IP68 rating, so you can accidentally dunk it in some water and it’ll survive
  • Stunning 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen that is the best you can buy on any phone right now - the sharpness of the display is simply outstanding with eye-popping clarity
  • The 120Hz refresh rate gives the screen a luscious smoothness that has to be seen to be believed, you’ve got a screen that simply dominates every other panel on the market
  • The screen is also HDR10+ certified, which means the right content will deliver incredible dynamic range - the HDR10 movies on Netflix look really impressive
  • Running the Galaxy S20 Plus is Samsung's OneUI 2 on Android 10 - which, as far as Android UIs go, is one of the most refined, well thought-out experiences
  • Powering the Galaxy S20 Plus is the Samsung's own Exynos 990, which is one of the best CPUs available in the market, just a shade behind the Apple's A13 - the phone feels fast all the time, no matter what content or app you throw at the S20 Plus, it devours the calculations and offers buttery smooth performance
  • Samsung gave the Galaxy S20 Plus an impressive quad-camera system on the rear - the standard lens boasts a 12MP sensor, joined by an ultra wide-angle 12MP camera, an optical telephoto 64MP camera, and a time-of-flight camera to help process depth information
  • The primary 12MP camera gives you crisp detailed images with the good dynamic range that Samsung’s cameras are known for and the colours are wonderful
  • 64MP telephoto lens is capable of 3x lossless zoom and up to 30x digital zoom - the S20 Plus’s mix of sophisticated hardware and software deliver a precise images that are much clearer than anything else in the market (the 100x zoom is not present in the S20 and S20 Plus)
  • The S20 Plus’s 12MP Ultra-wide lens churns out exceptional results, delivering eye-catching shots, even in challenging lighting conditions
  • The low-light shots turn impressive, even in incredibly dark situations, the clarity is quite impressive, and the colours are perfect with little noise - the night mode further improves the quality with brighter and colourful images (though, the Pixel and iPhones still do a slightly better job in low light)
  • The most standout camera feature on the S20 Plus is Single Take mode - when engaged, Single Take records a 10-second video and snaps multiple images, giving you an entire gallery of options to choose from and share
  • Video recording with the phone looks amazing - it’s sharp, colourful, properly exposed, and on-point when it comes to white balance - video also supports live focus mode, this uses the ToF camera to help judge depth and create a portrait-like effect when capturing video - it is also capable of capturing 8K videos (though, the use case for 8K is very limited)
  • The Galaxy S20 Plus has improved ten-fold in Live Focus mode - the S20 Plus captures very realistic photos and is a massive step up from the portrait mode in Samsung’s prior phones (though, iPhone 11 series is still the champ in portrait shots)
  • The 10MP selfie camera does a fine job - you get a clear view of your pores in good light, and the target resolution dips in low light to keep images clean and bright
  • A pair of USB-C headphones is included in the box
  • Very good stereo speakers
  • Good battery life with the massive 4500 mAh cell - you will get a comfortable one day of use with heavy to moderate use
  • Sufficient fast charging with the supplied 25W charger - it boosts the battery by 50% after just 27 minutes
  • Also supports 15W wireless charging, and it can fill the battery to 50% in just 35 minutes on a charging pad
  • It also supports wireless reverse charging and can charge other phones or accessories that support wireless charging
  • The Galaxy S20 Plus, actually has identical capabilities to the smaller S20, but is for those who want a bit more screen space without paying for the top-of-the-line S20 Ultra - it may well end up being the best selling of the three - it has a gorgeous screen, classy hardware, wicked performance, good battery life, and capable cameras, and the Samsung's name - if what the S20 Plus offer is what you're looking for, go buy it (though, it’s also huge and heavy)
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
  • Aesthetically, the Galaxy S20 Plus looks dull, there's no flair in the design, like the Aura Glow option Samsung introduced last year, which looked fascinating - the huge camera module doesn't help either
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is unreliable - it’s slower than other sensors on competition and far less accurate
  • It is also huge and requires two hands to use most of the time - it doesn’t fit well in pockets, despite its slippery surfaces, and more or less requires a case for protection, which will only make it bigger
  • Overall, while Samsung has created flagship lever cameras that compete at the top level and comes out as champs in many situations, they are still slightly behind the iPhone cameras, that are more consistent
  • That said, if you're someone who enjoy smaller phones that are easy to carry around and have near to no compromise, get the smaller Galaxy S20, you'll get the same fast processor, 120Hz display and improved cameras with a handy form factor
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
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  1. The significantly larger display may be enough for the right customer
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The S20 are the Android flagship to beat in 2020
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The middle of Samsung's new Galaxy S20 devices is powerful and large, without being ridiculous.
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The S20/+ is one of the best Android phones around
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. This Android phone gets the job done so well, you'll hardly ever stop to think about it
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. It’s a powerhouse that packs the best perks of its siblings, and strikes the perfect balance between them
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Galaxy S20 Plus is a great flagship that offers excellent all-round performance, top-of-the-line features, and of course, brand value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Galaxy S20 Plus is a good standalone Android flagship smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is one hell of a smartphone, it's one of the only phones actually worth the price
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Galaxy S20 Plus is no doubt an excellent flagship, which looks stylish and works flawlessly
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is all things considered, the best that Android has to offer to you in the world of smartphones
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. A very, very good smartphone
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. With a more manageable size and weight, plus a superb primary camera that's sure to improve with updates, the Galaxy S20 Plus could be the best phone of 2020
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. The S20 that business users need
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Smartphones this good shouldn’t have questionable cameras
    ww.9to5google.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Despite few shortcomings, it’s still the best android flagship out there
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. An exceptional all-rounder with one of the nicest displays on the market
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is an incredible smartphone that stands to be one of the best smartphones in the market
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. The Galaxy S20 Plus serves as a good option, one that brings the best of both worlds with its promise of flagship features, but not a kidney operation inducing price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  20. The Galaxy S20 Plus is your best two-to-three-year investment in a phone
    pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. Wholesome package justifies premium pricing
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. The software experience and the superiors camera make the S20+ very compelling
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  23. The Galaxy S20 Plus is easily one of the best Android flagships to buy
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