Google’s newest smartphones look a lot alike on paper. The upcoming Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 4a 5G are both expected to have the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, the same basic design (with fingerprint readers on the back and hole-punch selfie cameras on the front), and the same cameras.

But while the Pixel 4a 5G is priced at $499, the Pixel 5 costs $200 more. So what do you get for the extra money?

Among other things, a metal body, wireless charging, a slightly higher capacity battery, a higher screen refresh rate and an IP68 water resistance rating.

If you don’t need those features, you can probably save some money by opting for the Pixel 4a 5G… but you’ll end up with a slightly larger phone if you do that. On the bright side, you’ll also find a headphone jack on the cheaper model.

Or if you want to save even more money, there’s always the $349 Pixel 4a.

First launched in August, Google’s newest entry-level phone features a 5.81 inch, 2340 x 1080 pixel OLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a single rear camera. It supports 4G LTE, but not 5G.

When introducing the Pixel 4a, Google confirmed that the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 would arrive  this fall, and that the Pixel 4a 5G would sell for $499. But the company didn’t have anything to say about the specs.

Here are specs for the complete 2020 Google Pixel lineup, including the entry-level Pixel 4a, which launched earlier this year.

Pixel 5 Pixel 4a 5G Pixel 4a
Display 6″ AMOLED
2340×1080 (432ppi)
90 Hz refresh rate
Gorilla Glass 6
6.2″ AMOLED
2340×1080 (413ppi)
60 Hz refresh rate
Gorilla Glass 3
5.8 inch OLED
2340 x 1080 (443 ppi)
60 Hz refresh rate
Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Adreno 620 GPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Adreno 620 GPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
RAM 8GB 6GB 6GB LPDDR4x
Storage 128GB 128GB 128GB
Battery 4080mAh 3885mAh 3140 mAh
Charging 18W fast charging (wired)
12W Qi Wireless charging
Reverse wireless charging
18W fast charging (wired) 18W fast charging (wired)
Rear Cameras
  • 12.2MP (f/1.7, OIS, EIS)
  • 16MP wide (f/2.2, 107-degree FOV)
  • 12.2MP (f/1.7, OIS, EIS)
  • 16MP wide (f/2.2, 107-degree FOV)
12.2MP (f/1.7, OIS, EIS)
Camera features Night Sight
Live HDR+
Cinematic Pan
Ultrawide Lens
Portrait Light
Night Sight
Live HDR+
Cinematic Pan
Ultrawide Lens
Portrait Light
Night Sight
Live HDR+
Portrait Light
Front Camera 8MP (f2.0) 8MP (f2.0) 8MP (f2.0)
Connectivity 5G, 4G LTE
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
5G, 4G LTE
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
4G LTE Cat 12 down, Cat 5 up
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
Audio Stereo speakers Stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone
Stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone
Other Fingerprint reader (rear)
USB 3.1 Type-C
IP68
Fingerprint reader (rear)
USB 3.1 Type-C
Fingerprint reader (rear)
USB 3.1 Type-C
Frame Aluminum Polycarbonate Polycarbonate
Dimensions 144.7 x 70.4 x 8.0mm 153.9 x 74.0 x 8.2mm 114 x 69.4 x 8.2mm
Weight 151g 168g 143 grams
Colors Black, Green Black, White Black
Price $699 $499 $349

We don’t have long to wait to find out if the leaks are accurate though – Google is holding a hardware launch event on September 30, when the company is expected to officially launch its new phones, along with new smart speakers and media streaming products.

In the meantime, here are some of the latest pictures of Google’s 2020 Pixel smartphone lineup, courtesy of WinFuture, @evleaks, and Google:

Google Pixel 5

Google Pixel 4a 5G

Google Pixel 4a

This article was originally published on September 23, 2020 and last updated on September 30, 2020. 

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  1. I can’t wait to see the camera reviews. It had better beat iphone SE’s camera by a good margin or someone at Google needs to lose their job.

    1. The SE has had night sight mode removed so even the $100 cheaper Pixel 4a already beats the iPhone SE camera.
      The Pixel 5 will add 4k/60fps to that and come with a battery more than twice the size of the power starved SE.