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.
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.