The big giants are fighting for mid-range smartphones segment and we are going to find out who wins. Two freshly launched Google and Oneplus smartphones offer impressive value for money and great performance.
The pixel 4a and the Oneplus Nord both offer the same OS platform. We are going to see how these devices perform including camera, battery life, and gaming.
Oneplus Nord vs Google Pixel Specifications.
|Key Specs||OnePlus Nord Specifications.||Google Pixel 4A Specifications.|
|Display||6.44 inches, Fluid AMOLED, 90Hz refresh rate||5.81 inches, OLED, HDR, 60Hz refresh rate|
|Resolution||1080 x 2400 Pixels||1080 x 2340 Pixels|
|OS||Android 10, OxygenOS 10.5||Android 10|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G|
|RAM||12 GB||6 GB RAM|
|Storage||256 GB||128 GB UFS 2.1|
|Main Camera||48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 8 MP, f/2.3, 119˚ (ultrawide), 5 MP, f/2.4, (depth), 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)||Single 12.2 MP, f/1.7 Wide|
|Selfie Camera||32 MP, f/2.5, (wide),8 MP, f/2.5, 105˚ (ultrawide)||8 MP, f/2.0, Wide|
|Battery||4115 mAh Warp Charge 30T, 70% in 30 min||3140 mAh, Fast charging 18W|
|Color||Blue Marble, Gray Onyx||Just Black, Barely Blue|
Let’s start with the design and the Oneplus Nord is bigger in size as compared to Google Pixel 4A. The google pixel phone feels nicer to the handling and it is compact.
Oneplus Nord vs Google Pixel 4a: Design
- The Oneplus Nord has a 6.44-inch display and the Pixel 4a comes with the 5.4-inch display.
- It’s clear that if you’re looking for a compact device then the Pixel 4a is the ultimate choice you have.
- The Nord comes with the two-color options and the Pixel 4a only has black color.
- The Oneplus Nord has gorilla glass 5 protection on the front and back.
- The Google Pixel 4a has the dated gorilla glass 3 protection on the front of the device and at the back its plain plastic.
- To unlock your phone you have an in-display scanner on the Oneplus Nord which is quick. The Pixel 4a has a physical fingerprint scanner on the back of it which is a bit old school.
The face unlock option is available on the Oneplus device but it is absent on the pixel.
You will receive the latest android OS on both the smartphones with different customizations.
- Google offers 3 years of os updates and security updates for pixel 4a and the Oneplus Nord will get the os updates for 2 years and security updates for 3 years.
- There are no changes in terms of the Android OS on the Pixel 4a and it is very nice and looks cleaner which makes the device faster.
The Oneplus Nord also hasn’t done any customization to its Oxygen OS but it comes with their own version of android which is Oxygen OS. Which is very similar to the stock android.
Both devices provide better gaming performance, the difference here is the 90Hz display on the Oneplus Nord which helps it perform better.
The Oneplus Nord offers you the game space interface which you don’t get on the Pixel smartphone.
The game space feature helps you to block notification and fine-tune the gaming performance.
The always-on display feature is available on both the smartphones and the Google phone keeps it always on but the Oneplus Nord you have to tap on the screen to see the notifications.
Both the smartphones come with the beautiful OLED display with FHD+ resolution and both are good for a bit of Netflix. The screen refresh rate is higher with the Oneplus Nord which is not available on the Pixel 4a.
- The chipset on the Oneplus Nord makes it a lot faster compared to the Oneplus Nord. The Oneplus Nord comes with the Snapdragon 765G and the Pixel 4a has Snapdragon 730.
The Pixel 4a comes with the 6GB of ram and the Oneplus has 8GB.
The Snapdragon 765G comes with the build-in 5G modem promising the future 5G compatibility.
- Google Pixel 4a doesn’t support the 5G connectivity.
- The battery performance is poor with the Pixel 4a with the 3140 mAh with 18w fast charging.
- The Oneplus Nord supports the 4115 mAh with a faster 30w charger.
One thing to keep in mind that despite having the bigger battery the Oneplus Nord will drain faster due to the faster refresh rate.
Both of these smartphones come with the 128Gb of storage space and none of these support the expandable storage.
The most important thing is the camera. You can clearly see the difference here with the Oneplus Nord and Google Pixel 4a.
The Oneplus Nord has 4 lenses and on the other hand, the Pixel 4a comes with the single-lens system.
You might be thinking that the quad lens system will outperform the single lens on the Pixel 4a but you’re wrong.
The Pixel 4a comes with the 12Mp main shooter and the Nord comes with the 48MP primary lens which is Sony imx586 sensor.
Google Pixel 4a is better with the everyday photoshoot. The camera on the Pixel device simply outperforms the one that is available on Oneplus Nord.
- In terms of the low light shots, the Pixel’s night mode is stunning. The Google Pixel 4a is missing an 8MP ultrawide and macro lens.
- You shoot up to 4k video on both of these smartphones with decent image stabilization.
- The Pixel 4a comes with the 8MP selfie camera and the Oneplus Nord support the 32MP with an 8MP ultrawide lens for wide coverage.
Both of these smartphones offer a different set of options but a somewhat similar price. The Oneplus Nord offers great hardware performance and that makes it future proof. If you’re looking for a smartphone that is small and compact and which has a better camera then the Google Pixel 4a is the better pick for you.