With the dazzling presentation of the new Pixel 4a yesterday, Google is finally bringing its most affordable smartphone to the market. Delayed for several months by the pandemic, it comes almost six months after the iPhone SE. The two models are the newer and « inexpensive » models from Google and Apple. So it’s time to Compare the Pixel 4a to the 2020 iPhone SE.

Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE: comparison of technical specifications

Pixel 4a iPhone SE
screen 5.8 pouces OLED, 2340 x 1080 pixels LCD 4,7 pouces, 1334 x 750 pixels
Dimensions and weight 144 x 69,4 x 8,2 mm; 143 g 138,4 x 67,3 x 7,3 mm; 148 g
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 A13 Bionics
RAM 6 Go 3 Go
Storage room 128 Go 64, 128, 256 Go
Front camera 8 MP, ś / 2,0 7 MP, ś / 2,2
Rear camera 12,2 MP double pixel; ƒ1,7; Vidéo 4K / 30 ips 12MP; ƒ1,8; Vidéo 4K / 60fps
Authentication Rear fingerprint reader Touch ID
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac; bluetooth 5.1 Wi-Fi 802.11ax; bluetooth 5.0
The ports USB-C 3.1, prise audio 3,5 mm Lightning
Drums 3,140mAh; fast charge 1,821mAh; fast charge; wireless charging
Software Android 10 iOS 13
Colors Just black Black, white and red
Price 389 euros 489 euros (395 euros on the offer)

Frameless design and processor power as the main differences

Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE: this is the comparison between the most affordable models from Google and Apple

The differences between the two models are obvious. The Pixel 4a opted for a frameless design, which even eliminates the entailler. This, yes, has a front hole on the screen to house a front camera that is only used for photos. There is no built-in face unlock system, just like with the iPhone SE.

The design is therefore what distinguishes the two devices the most. The iPhone SE, as we know, has the same external appearance as the released for the iPhone 6 in 2014. Executives are already considered to be from a previous generation, although for some it is still a current and familiar model.

The Pixel 4a is Google’s most affordable bet for its phones, with a more current design than the iPhone SE albeit with sacrifices in the processor, materials and other sections.

The iPhone SE 2020 is distinguished by the incorporation of the A13 Bionic processor, the same as the assembly of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max 2019. That is, say that this is the most advanced chip created by Apple so far. The Pixel 4a, on the other hand, Must be satisfied with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, a mid-range processor that facilitates the considerable reduction in price compared to other high-end terminals.

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Another point to note is RAM, where the Pixel 4a doubles the 3GB that the iPhone SE brings. In this sense, the optimization of iOS on each device is well known, which allows Apple reduce the amount of this memory for correct operation, among other things. When it comes to dimensions and weight, the Pixel 4a is above in both variables, but not too much. Thanks to its reduction in bezels, it is able to fit a 5.8-inch screen into a body very similar to that of the iPhone SE.

Similar camera and « premium » features of the iPhone SE

Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE: this is the comparison between the most affordable models from Google and Apple

As for the camera, on paper the technical characteristics are similar and we can expect a fairly competitive result in both models. They both have almost the same megapixels and a similar aperture.. Where the iPhone SE stands out is in 4K recording, which hits 60 fps, compared to 30 fps for the Pixel 4a.

Where the iPhone SE really stands out is for sure features that can be considered more or less premium. Among them are the following:

  • Wireless charging.
  • IP67 water resistance.
  • Materials like glass and aluminum.
  • Security and software updates for at least 5 years, unlike the 3 years indicated by Google.

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All of these factors influence the final price, where officially part the Pixel 4a with 100 euros less than the iPhone SE. Although as we indicated in the table, there are already offers in the latter that put it at about the same price.

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