The very first Pixel handset launched back in 2016, and we’ve seen numerous generations of impressive smartphone tech from Google since then.
Designed to offer amazing camera specs, long-lasting batteries and a seamless, easy-to-navigate Android experience, you can explore the latest Pixel devices and compare their various specs below.
At a glance: 6.0-inch FHD+ Smooth Display, dual-lens 12MP+16MP rear camera, 8GB RAM, 4080 mAh battery, 151g.
Designed to be an affordable flagship, Google has ensured the Google Pixel 5 comes loaded with plenty of advanced tech specs. You'll even find a few Google firsts on this phone, including support for 5G and wireless charging.
The frame of the handset is created with sleek and stylish aluminium, both on the front and back. Despite this, Google has made wireless charging possible without the need for a glass back, and you can charge the 4,080 mAh battery wirelessly with any Qi-compatible charger. You can even transfer power to other compatible devices, be it another Google Pixel 5 or your own Google Pixel Buds.
On the back of the device you'll also find a secure fingerprint scanner, while the front is covered entirely by the 6-inch Full HD+ display. Expect nothing less than vibrant colours and a clear, true-to-life picture from the screen. Thanks to the display's 90Hz refresh rate, you'll be able to enjoy smoother transitions and improved response times.
As for the camera, Google has included an 8MP selfie camera with an 83-degree field of view on the front, alongside a 12MP+16MP rear camera system. The rear camera's main 12MP lens comes with optical and electronic stabilisation to help keep footage stable and your photos in focus. The 16MP ultrawide lens has a 107-degree field of view to help fit more of your surroundings into the frame. You also can record video in 4K resolution on the rear camera, at both 30fps and 60fps.
Pixel 4a 5G
At a glance: 6.24-inch FHD+ display, single-lens 12MP+16MP dual-lens camera, 6GB RAM, 3,800 mAh battery, 168g.
With the Google Pixel 4a 5G in your hand, you'll instantly be able to connect to a high-speed 5G network whenever you're in a supported area. With faster downloads and reduced latency, playing online games and streaming your favourite shows on this device will be easier than ever - and extremely immersive, thanks to the 6.24-inch Full HD+ screen. Google has even added a pair of stereo speakers, to give you that on-the-go cinematic experience.
As for the camera, you'll find a fantastic dual-lens system on the rear. With a 12MP dual-pixel lens and 16MP ultrawide lens with on board, you'll be well equipped to shoot in any environment. The ultrawide lens offers a 107-degree field of view so you can squeeze more into the frame, while the main 12.2MP lens uses both optical and electronic image stabilisation - alongside auto-focus with dual-pixel phase detection - to produce clear, detailed and vibrant shots. The phone even comes with Google's famous Astrophotography Mode, which takes your typical Night Mode even further. Not only can you shoot in completely darkness, you can even capture photos of the night sky with this specialised mode turned on.
As for the tech specs, there's a long-lasting 3,800 mAh battery, 6GB RAM, an advanced Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 chipset and an octa-core CPU all working in harmony. Expect an all-day performance, that's both fast and efficient, even when using AR apps.
Google Pixel 4a
At a glance: 5.8-inch FHD+ display, single-lens 12.2MP camera, 6GB RAM, 3,140 mAh battery, 143g.
Available from October 2020, the Google Pixel 4a is one of the latest handsets to be added to the growing Pixel family. It shares a number of similarities with its predecessors, and there's plenty of brilliant tech on board this release.
A lightweight 143g, the Google Pixel 4a features a slick, polycarbonate unibody. A great size to use comfortably with just one hand, you'll find a responsive fingerprint scanner located on the rear, and a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge screen.
Made from Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the handset's screen is capable of delivering a Full HD+ resolution, supports HDR and delivers up to 16 million colours. The Always On display - found on many of Google's devices - makes it easy to view the time, notifications and more without unlocking the phone, and Now Playing will even let you know the name of any song playing in the background.
Alongside its stunning design and display combo, the phone also features a cutting-edge 12.2MP rear camera, and an 8MP front camera. On the rear, photos will be enhanced thanks to the built-in HDR+ feature, while shooting in complete darkness is easy thanks to Night Sight. A truly remarkable photography feature, you can actually photograph the night's sky, taking low-light photos to the next level.
4K video is also possible on the handset, and with a 3,140 mAh battery installed you won't have to worry about losing power even if you are shooting and editing films and photos on this smartphone. Combined with Android 10, an ARCore and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset, you can be confident that the Google Pixel 4a will always deliver a fast, efficient smartphone experience.
Google Pixel 4
At a glance: 5.7-inch FHD+ display, dual 12.2MP+16MPcamera, IP68 water and dust resistance rating, 6GB RAM, 2,800 mAh battery, 162g.
Launched with the Pixel 4 XL, the two handsets are very similar. The Pixel 4 has a slightly smaller 5.7-inch Full HD+ screen and 2,800 mAh battery. Apart from that, everything else is the same. There’s the dual-lens rear camera and 8MP front-facing camera, Super Res Zoom feature, and Android 10 ready and waiting to go as soon as you turn the device on.
The handset is also equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, the ability to fast charge the device and radar-powered Motion Sense to let you go hands-free when you're working out, cooking or just have your hands full.
Google Pixel 4 XL
At a glance: 6.3-inch QHD+ display, dual 12.2MP+16MP camera, IP68 water and dust resistance rating, 6GB RAM, 3,700 mAh battery, 193g.
Featuring Google's first ever dual-lens camera, the Pixel 4 XL is one of the most advanced Pixels available. The photos you'll be able to produce with this phone will certainly impress, thanks to the 12.2MP wide-angle lens and 16MP telephoto lens on the rear. Squeeze more into one shot, take portraits with amazing bokeh and enjoy having more freedom over every picture thanks to Google's Live HDR+ mode (which will let you see the results of HDR before you press the shutter) as well as offering machine-learning white balancing.
The Pixel 4XL also features an updated Night Sight feature, which lets you snap photos in the dark. Now, with Pixel’s Astrophotography feature, you can point your handset towards the night's sky and photograph the stars and planets above in excellent clarity.
Another standout feature of the Pixel 4 XL is the introduction of Motion Sense. Fuelled by radar technology (alongside a high-speed CPU and plenty of RAM), you'll be able to control the Pixel 4 XL without touching it. By detecting your presence, you'll be able to swipe left and right above the phone to switch between songs, cancel calls and snooze alarms, and a bunch of other actions are to be added in the near future.
We can't talk about the Google Pixel 4 XL without mentioning its screen. Awarded an A+ rated, and regarded as the best smartphone screen upon release by leading world authority DisplayMate, it's safe to say you'll be able to enjoy a fantastic cinematic experience on this Google phone.
Google Pixel 3a
At a glance: 5.6-inch FHD+ display, 12.2MP dual-pixel camera, 3,000 mAh, 4GB RAM, 147g.
The Google Pixel 3a shares many of the same specs as its bigger brother the Google Pixel 3a XL, but it comes in a smaller, more compact package. It has the same two-toned body, curved edges and rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, but you'll find a 5.6-inch Full HD+ screen on the front of the device instead.
Fuelling the Google Pixel 3a is a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor, 4GB RAM and Android Pie running straight out of the box. You can squeeze the handset to activate Google Assistant, which is Google's intelligent assistant designed to help make everyday tasks on the device as easy as possible.
Last but not least, the Pixel 3a's camera system. You won't miss out when you choose the smaller of the Pixel duo, as the same dual-pixel rear camera is on board. Measuring 12.2MP you're guaranteed to take fantastic shots in bright and low light conditions, and thanks to Night Sight you can even shoot in darkness. Portrait Mode helps you to measure the depth of field in images, so you can recreate a professional bokeh effect. The selfie camera is also the same as the Pixel 3a XL so you can take group photos with friends using the 8MP lens.
Google Pixel 3a XL
At a glance: 6-inch FHD+ display, 12.2MP dual-pixel camera, 4GB RAM, 3,700 mAh, 167g.
Budget-friendly, but still offering a collection of impressive specs including a 6-inch Full HD+ display, the Google Pixel 3a XL is perfect if you're after a high-performing Android device. The Full HD+ display has an 18:9 aspect ratio, offers vibrant colour and a crystal-clear viewing experience and is made from OLED tech to fully immerse you in whatever you're doing. You'll find Google's Always-On display feature here too, which shows you important notifications, the time and date and whatever song is playing in the background without you activating the screen.
The Pixel 3a XL is perfect for photographers, with a 12.2MP dual-pixel rear camera and an 8MP front camera - perfect for video calls to friends and family who live far away. What's more, The Pixel 3a XL was one of the first Pixel phones to offer Night Sight - Google's intelligent photography features that enables you to snap photos in darkness - as well as Top Shot which takes photos before and after you press the shutter button.
Behind the scenes, there's a durable 3,000 mAh battery working away, an advanced Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor and an AR Core to support augmented reality features.