Google Pixel 4a vs. 4XL: What Are the Differences?

July 20, 2021

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Google offers several Pixel smartphones, from the Pixel 4 to the Pixel 5, and other alterations in between such as the Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 4XL. With multiple options, it’s difficult to narrow the choices down to make a final decision. So how do you know what phone is the best fit for your lifestyle? Whether you make a living taking inspirational, Insta-worthy photos as you travel the world or use it to play online games, it’s important to find the right phone. 

In this article, we discuss two of the more popular phones Google offers. If you’re on the fence between the Pixel 4a vs. Pixel 4XL, we’re here to steer you straight. Below is an outline of what sets each phone apart and even what their similarities are. Once you choose the right phone for you, discover Pela’s compostable phone cases to keep it protected and cut down on your e-waste.  

Similar Features

Before we dive into the differences between the Pixel 4a vs. 4XL, let’s talk about their similarities. 

While their size and footprint are different, the Google Pixel 4a and 4XL feature a very similar design, both featuring a black frame with a contrasting power button and a few color options from which you can choose. There’s glass in both the front and rear, as well as a rear camera in a square housing. In addition, both the Pixel 4a vs. 4XL feature a top bezel.

That’s the exterior facade of these Google devices. Now let’s discuss what the Pixel 4a vs. 4XL share internally. For example, they both run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 platform and launch Android 10 software. Another similarity is that they have Google’s Soli Motions-sensing radar chip, which offers convenient gesture controls and Face unlock. One feature both Pixel phones lack is microSD support and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Key Differences Between the Pixel 4a vs. 4XL

Google Pixel 4 XL

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Okay, so when comparing the Pixel 4a vs. 4XL, what do you need to know? While many features remain the same, there are a few key differences that might sway you toward your decision. 

Footprint Size

As mentioned, their sizes and weights are different. One is extra large, after all. But what exactly do you get?

Pixel 4a: 147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm | 162g

Pixel 4XL: 160.4 x 75.1 x 8.2mm | 193g

Screen Display

Since the footprint size is different, so is the screen. And with that comes some variation in the HD quality, too. While you’ll find a super-smooth 90Hz refresh rate and OLED panels, the larger Pixel 4XL has a Quad HD+ resolution and a sharper screen. 

Pixel 4a: 5.7 inches, | Full HD+ | 90Hz

Pixel 4XL: 6.3 inches | Quad HD+ | 90Hz

Battery Life

Luckily, Google added a more powerful battery life for their Pixel XL at 3700mAh to account for the bigger screen display and Quad HD. 

Pixel 4a: 2800mAh

Pixel 4XL: 3700mAh


If you like having a color choice, the Pixel XL might be your pick. Unlike the Pixel 4a that only comes in “Just Black,” the XL offers two additional hues – “Clearly White” and “Oh So Orange” – for a unique alternative to the standard smartphone tones you typically see. You can also find the Pixel 4a in “Barely Blue,” but it’s a Google Store exclusive. 


If you need a reliable phone at a fair cost, the Pixel 4a is a nice option. However, if you need more power, Google does offer a step up with a 5G version that is comparable to the Pixel 4XL.  

Pixel 4a: $349 

Pixel 4a 5G: $499

Pixel 4XL: $500

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Choosing a Phone Case

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Overall, the Google Pixel 4a and 4XL offer very similar design aesthetics, as well as hardware and software. The choice really comes down to their key differences in footprint size, screen display, battery life, colors and, of course, price. 

Even though both these Google Pixel models have been succeeded by the Pixel 5, which features a water-resistant metal body and wireless charging, they are still fantastic options. They also offer a more affordable price tag, by comparison. 

Still, whatever Pixel phone you choose, protect your investment and ensure it can stand up to everyday use – from scuffs to dings and the occasional accidental drop – with Pela’s Pixel 4a Case and Pixel 4XL Case. Good for the environment and beautifully designed, all our phone cases are compostable and offer a smooth and soft feel.