Our Opinion

The Google Pixel 4a is a significantly better phone, but the Vivo V20 128GB is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the Google Pixel 4a

Google Pixel 4a  Vivo V20 128GB 
Google Pixel 4a Vivo V20
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Excellence Score
66.9
59.1
Value for Money Score
66.7
79.2
Price ₹ 31,999 onwards ₹ 21,500 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2020 Oct, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10, Upgradeable to Android 11Expected update to next Android version Android 11Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.81 inches 6.44 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 444 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features OLED, Always-on display, HDR N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRanked #21 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Adreno 618
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 + 8MP + 2MP
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 64MP: f/1.9 aperture; 26mm focal length; 1/1.72" sensor size; 0.8um pixel size, PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 120-degree ultra-wide; 1/4.0" sensor size; 1.12um pixel size; Auto-focus, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps, EIS, Motion Autofocus, Eye Autofocus, Body/Object Autofocus, Super Night Mode, Super Wide Angle Night Mode, Tripod Night Mode, Ultra Stable Video, Art Portrait video, Super Macro, Bokeh Portrait, Multi-Style Portrait
Secondary Camera 8MP 44MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.12um Pixel Size, Auto-HDR f/2.0 aperture, Eye Autofocus, Super Night Selfie, Selfie Aura Screen Light, Steadiface Selfie Video, Slo-Mo Selfie Video, Dual-View Video, Art Portrait Video, Multi-Style Portrait
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM + GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.2 mmMedium 7.4 mmSlim
Weight 143 gmLight 171 gmMedium
Width 69.4 mmComfortable for one-handed use 74.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3140 mAh 4000 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, 33W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger Yes, 33.0W 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 Noise Filtration
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
  • The design feels fresh and vibrant - phone's sleek profile is eye-catching, with a matte back glass, it is one of the nicest looking phones for the price
  • The phone looks quite flawless from the back, it features a rather flashy back cover
  • The Vivo V20 is one of the lightest around in the price segment, and at 7.38mm in thickness, it is surprisingly slim
  • The power button has a texture to give it a more distinguished feeling
  • The in-display fingerprint scanner, as well as face recognition, are quick to unlock the V20
  • The display is a gorgeous 6.44-inch AMOLED FHD+ panel which promises vibrant and life-like colours - the contrast is impressive and it also supports HDR10 for high-quality video playback
  • It gets bright enough for using the device even under harsh sunlight
  • The Vivo V20 comes with Android 11 out of the box, with Vivo's new Funtouch OS 11 - this new skin by Vivo brings several bells and whistles, and a much cleaner, simpler interface - there's an improved dark mode and tons of customisation options
  • Good performance from the Snapdragon 720G SoC - it is good enough to help you through tasks of daily use and even running multiple apps simultaneously - casual gaming is no issue and heavy games run at medium settings, which is decent
  • Good triple cameras for the price - a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2MP mono camera
  • Photos shot in bright sunny conditions turned out well - images clicked using the device generally come out with life-like colours and packing good detail
  • The Ultra-wide camera adds fun new perspectives, it can take dramatic super-wide-angle photos with lesser details than the main camera - besides, it can also take Macro shots, which come out with good detail, and you end up with a higher resolution image compared to what most dedicated macro cameras produce
  • Portraits have good edge detection and you do get the option to set the intensity of the blur effect - beautification is enabled by default which smoothens skin textures
  • Low-light camera performance is good, photos have little noise and details in brighter areas are decent - enabling Night mode improves the level of detail
  • The 44MP selfie camera is very good at what it does - daylight selfies are sharp with accurate colours and good details, there's also an Eye Autofocus option that keeps the subject in sharp focus - portrait selfies are possible and you can set the level of blur before taking a shot
  • Video recording in daylight is good, video recording tops out at 4K for the primary as well as the selfie shooter - footage shot in 4K, as well as 1080p, is stabilised (though, video shot in low light has a shimmer effect at both resolutions, which isn't good)
  • Overall, cameras are one of the highlights of the phone and they can take on any other capable camera phone at this price
  • Good battery life from the 4000 mAh battery - it can easily manage to keep the phone going on for around a day on moderate-heavy use
  • Charging is quick with the supplied 33W FlashCharge charger - it takes the V20 to 98 percent in an hour
  • If you value looks over other aspects, the Vivo V20 will appeal to you, it is well designed and feels premium to the touch - the device also offers above par photography performance, it emerges as a very good option for taking pictures and shooting videos
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
  • Because of its slim profile, the Vivo V20 is a bit slippery
  • Though, it isn't a high-refresh-rate panel
  • However, this isn't the best performing phone at the price, there are better options available like the OnePlus Nord
  • However, if heavy-duty gaming is what you're looking for, alternatives such as the OnePlus Nord offer significantly better performance, you can also consider the Galaxy M51 for its insane battery life powered by a 7000 mAh battery
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
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  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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  8. Affordable and compact with a stunning camera
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  1. The Vivo V20 is well designed and feels premium to the touch... but better phones are available
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Vivo V20 is an impressive mid-range smartphone, but it’s not perfect
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Vivo V20 actually feels more expensive than it actually is
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Vivo has made an impressive-looking phone that offers good overall performance
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