Google Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE 2020: which mid-range phone looks better?

The Google Pixel 4a will launch in India in October and will take on the iPhone SE 2020 in the mid-range segment

Highlights
  • Google Pixel 4a will launch in India in October to take on the iPhone SE 2020
  • The Pixel phone sports an OLED display and is powered by the Snapdragon 730G SoC
  • iPhone SE 2020 gets the A13 Bionic chipset and an LCD display

Google Pixel 4a, which has been launched globally, will be on sale in India come October. The handset is the newest member in the company’s mid-range Pixel family, with specifications such as a punch-hole display, FHD+ OLED screen, Snapdragon 730G chipset, and a single rear-facing camera. The Pixel 4a price in India hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s expected to cost somewhere around Rs 30,000. We spoke about how the Pixel 4a compares against the OnePlus Nord, and today we’re looking at how the phone compares against the iPhone SE 2020 (review).

Google Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE 2020: Design

The iPhone SE 2020 and Pixel 4a are both compact smartphones, but the latter offers a larger screen real estate thanks to the contemporary punch-hole display and slim bezels. The iPhone SE 2020, on the other hand, flaunts a traditional bezel-full display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. That said, the iPhone SE 2020 has premium glass-sandwich design, whereas the Google smartphone sports a polycarbonate unibody body.

Apart from this, both phones pack a single rear-facing camera, as well as front camera, and a capacitive fingerprint scanner, which is at the back on Pixel 4a and on the front embedded in the home button on the iPhone SE 2020.

Google Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE 2020: Specifications

The Google Pixel 4a comes with a 5.8-inch OLED display that supports FHD+ resolution, HDR+, and a standard 60Hz refresh rate. The phone rocks mid-range Snapdragon 730G SoC paired with sole 6GB RAM and 128GB storage onboard. In the camera department, the handset sports a single 12MP camera at the back with OIS support, an LED flash, and the same Google wizardry as the flagship Pixel 4 series such as Live HDR+, dual exposure controls, Night Sight with astrophotography, Portrait Mode, and Super Res Zoom. Up front, the Google Pixel 4a gets an 8MP selfie camera.

The Pixel 4a runs stock Android 10 out of the box and houses a 3,140mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging over USB Type-C port. The handset is also equipped with a Titan M security chip, stereo speakers, 3.5mm headphone jack, standard connectivity options, and Google features such as Assistant, Live Transcribe, Live Caption, and so on.

As for iPhone SE 2020, you get 4.7-inch Retina display that bears HD resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by flagship A13 Bionic chipset under the hood coupled with up to 256GB storage onboard. For photography, the iPhone SE 2020 rocks a single 12MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, dual-pixel PDAF, OIS, and dual-tone, dual-LED flash. Camera features include 4K video, time-lapse, and slow-mo video recording. The front camera is a 7MP snapper that supports portrait mode and 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps.

Software-wise, the iPhone SE 2020 runs iOS 13 out of the box. The handset houses a 1,821mAh battery, which is the same as the flagship iPhone 8 from 2017, and supports 18W fast charging support over the Lightning port; however, you’d need to spend extra on a compatible charger and a Lightning to Type C cable since you only get a 5W charger in the box. The handset can also be charged wirelessly using Qi-compatible chargers. The iPhone SE 2020 connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth 5. Unlike, other iPhones, the SE 2020 also lack a 3.5mm jack.

Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE 2020: price and availability

The Pixel 4a has been priced in the US at $349 (approx Rs 26,200). The handset will go on sale in India ‘sometime in October’ via Flipkart, with a price tag that is likely to be around Rs 30,000 keeping the current GST rate in mind. The handset comes in just one colour option: Just Black.

The iPhone SE 2020 price in India starts at Rs 42,500 for the 64GB storage variant, while the 128GB and 256GB variants cost Rs 47,800 and Rs 53,300 respectively. The handset comes in Black, White, and PRODUCT(RED) colours and is available for sale in the country via major offline and online stores across the country.