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Google Pixel 4a vs Samsung Galaxy A32: Which to Pick?

author Luis Silva (July 2021 Updated: August 2021 - 6 min. reading time)

The Pixel 4a comes at a higher price, but it isn't the smartphone you should pick.

It gives you better performance (+27%), better cameras, and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB). But the Galaxy A32 features a better display, better battery life, and external storage.

Anything else?

With the Pixel 4a, you'll also get a cleaner user interface, optical image stabilization, a lightweight body (41 g./1.45 oz less), and more RAM (6GB vs. 4GB). But the Galaxy A32 will also give you a higher refresh rate, larger (+0.6") display, and more cameras.

In the end, it's up to you because they ended up with similar scores.

How much more are you willing to spend on the Galaxy A32?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, it'll most likely cost you (up to about $98) less. So you should really look into it.

Is it still worth buying the Pixel 4a in 2021?

The Google Pixel 4a isn't the most cutting-edge device in 2021, but it's still a powerful phone. Sure, you can take a peek at other devices like the Galaxy S10e, but this one does hold a good cameras and tons of storage.

Just keep reading if you want to know everything about them, how they stack up against their rivals, and you'll know what the industry thinks about their specs.

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Introduction

Samsung launched its Galaxy A32 last February, while Google's Pixel 4a arrived at stores in August 2020.

Here you can look at the Pixel 4a and the Galaxy A32, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

The weight of each section

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Price*
vs.
Device Pixel 4a Galaxy A32
Release Date 2020, August 2021, February 1y.
OS Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.
Security Updates 3 years 4 years 1y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 scores the Pixel 4a 27% ahead in the multi-core ranking. The differences are slight but still noteworthy between these two chipsets.

Be aware that these two aren't winning any race, as they're terribly slow if you consider related-priced phones.

We can classify the Pixel 4a as mid-range and the Galaxy A32 as a low to mid-range.

Performance*
vs.
Features Pixel 4a Galaxy A32
SoC Snapdragon 730 Mediatek Helio G80
Graphics Adreno 618 Mali-G52 MC2
Geekbench 5 Score 1626
1277
-349
OS Android 10 Android 11 and One UI
Tek-Score
4.7
4.1
-0.6

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Google Pixel 4a front transparent png Samsung Galaxy A32 front transparent png

There isn't a winner here, so don't worry about it. But the Galaxy A32's glass is more resistant to shatter and scratches.

Are you looking for small screens? Then, stop searching, and just pick the Pixel 4a. At least it's short when compared to the average phone for its price range.

Very few rivals share this maximum brightness. Usually, they only do around 585 nits, but there's a 229 nits gap above that for the Galaxy A32.

Given the Pixel 4a, just know that 91% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen, and 75% have an Always-On display. On the other hand, only 22% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Should you stick with the Galaxy A32? Only 17% of its competitors have over 60hz of refresh rate, and only 9% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Pixel 4a Galaxy A32
Size 5.8
6.4
0.6
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1080x2400
64800
Refresh Rate 60hz 90hz 30
Dots per Inch 444.35
411.22
-33.13
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Teardrop
Peak Brightness 803 nits
814 nits
11
HDR HDR -
Sub Tek-Score
8.7
8.6
-0.1
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
4.3
6.6
2.4

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Google Pixel 4a back transparent png Samsung Galaxy A32 back transparent png

Considering their score, I think that the Google Pixel 4a has a more dependable camera.

About the Pixel 4a: This camera came out of DXOMARK's labs with a score of 122. Then, if you consider its digital zoom abilities, the final score goes up to 128 points. For a thorough review, click here.

Last (but not least), keep in mind that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

About the Galaxy A32: This sensor does deserve a review from DXOMARK's team. Given specs and similar cameras, it'll get close to 84* points. Plus, combining with its wide-angle lens, we end up with a score of 96** points.

Last (but not least), just to let you know, 78% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Additionally, only 13% of them come with a telephoto lens, and only 9% of them come with Optical Image Stabilization.

Considering this score, we can classify the Pixel 4a as a lower high-end and the Galaxy A32 as mid-range.

If you take optical zoom seriously, you should consider other options like the Galaxy Note 10.

*DXOMARK is a well-known market reference when it comes to camera benchmarking. Too bad they don't get a chance to test most of the cameras out there. That's why when I come across one of them, I take every hardware specs (like lenses, sensor size, OIS, aperture, and so on) and give a comparable score. As of now, you can expect a topmost discrepancy of 2 points.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. They just changed their protocol, and I need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Pixel 4a Galaxy A32
Megapixels 12
64
52
Aperture 1.7
1.8
0.1
Lens 27mm
26mm
-1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes No
Video 2160 1080 -1080
Score 128
96
-32

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Pixel 4a Galaxy A32 vs.
Megapixels - 8
Aperture - 2.2
Lens - 13mm
Lens Type - Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels - 5
Aperture - 2.4
Megapixels - 5
Aperture - 2.4
Lens Type - Depth Sensor
Score 6 12 6
Selfie Camera Pixel 4a Galaxy A32 vs.
Megapixels 8
20
12
Aperture 2.0
2.2
0.2
Lens 24mm -
Pixel 4a Galaxy A32 vs.
Tek-Score
7.5
5.6
-1.9

Who has the best frame?

The Pixel 4a does win some points here, mainly for its weight.

You should also know that the Pixel 4a is 14% smaller than most similarly priced devices.

The Galaxy A32 is 41 g. (1.62 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 143 g. (5.04 oz). If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The Pixel 4a got a score of 8.9, and that's another way of saying it's one of the lightest phones for its screen size. The Galaxy A32, on the other hand, has 5.4, so nothing to state here.

Want your next phone to also be water-resistant? Then the Galaxy Note 10 may be a better option.

Looks*
vs.
Body Pixel 4a Galaxy A32
Size 144 x 69 x 8 mm
(5.08 x 2.43 x 0.28 in)
158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
12784
Weight 143 g. (5.04 oz)
184 g. (6.49 oz)
41
Build Front glass Front glass
Colors Just Black Awesome Black, Awesome Blue, Awesome White, and Awesome Violet
Screen To Body Ratio 83.11%
85.74%
2.63
Disp.Size To Weight Score 8.9 5.4 -3.6
Looks 4.9/10
6.3/10 1.4
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
3.7
2.0
-1.7

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The Pixel 4a features a 3140 mAh battery, while the Galaxy A32 has 5000 mAh. And by GSMArena's standards, the Galaxy A32 does have an advantage here.

For your information, the Galaxy A32 can also beat almost all devices I've analyzed. Let's see if it still has a place on our top 10 for battery life.

And if you'd like to try out reverse wireless charging, that's already a reality on the Galaxy Note 10, for example.

Battery*
vs.
Features Pixel 4a Galaxy A32
Capacity (mAh) 3140 5000 1860
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
86% left
7
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 62% left
75% left
13
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 63% left
76% left
13
Bat. To Phone Size Score 7.4 5.9 -1.5
Sub Tek-Score
6.8
7.9
1.1
Fast Charging 18w
15w
-3
Wireless Charging No No 0
Tek-Score
5.9
6.6
0.7

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Pixel 4a. Twice as much.

Both phones have more than enough storage and RAM for the average consumer. However, if you plan to store some movies or record tons of videos, 64 GB alone won't get you there.

Storage*
vs.
Features Pixel 4a Galaxy A32
RAM (GB) 6GB
4GB
-2
Internal (GB) 128GB
64GB
-64
Micro SD No microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Tek-Score
6.0
6.3
0.3

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

They don't stand out on any of these features.

You can find these two in the LTE or (LTE and) 5G variants. You can pick the Pixel 4a with 5G with a larger 6.2-inch display, a Snapdragon 765G SoC, a bigger battery, and an extra 16MP ultrawide camera. Likewise, there's a 5G version of the Galaxy A32 that has a 48Mp shooter, a TFT 6.5" display with 720 x 1600 pixels, a MediaTek 720 5G, a Mali-G57 MC3, a heavier body, 2160p video recordings better battery life.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Pixel 4a Galaxy A32
Network LTE (also available in 5G) LTE (also available in 5G)
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes Yes (market dependent)
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Tek-Score
8.5
8.5
0.0

Which is more affordable?

Here are their recently updated prices:

Google Pixel 4a

Reference: $350

Google Pixel 4a

Samsung Galaxy A32

Reference: $252

Samsung Galaxy A32

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money Pixel 4a Galaxy A32 VS
Amazon - 2.17 -
eBay 1.16 - -
Best Buy 1.88 - -
Walmart - - -

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So, what about that global score? We'll get there. Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. They usually sit close to 6.0 (for the Pixel 4a) and 5.5 (for the Galaxy A32).

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

What can the Google Pixel 4a give you that the Samsung Galaxy A32 can't:

- Better performance (+27%)

- Cleaner user interface

- OIS

- Better cameras

- Lighter (41 g./1.45 oz less)

- More internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB)

- More RAM (6GB vs. 4GB)

What can the Samsung Galaxy A32 give you that the Google Pixel 4a can't:

- Higher refresh rates

- Better display

- A larger display (+0.6")

- More cameras

- Better battery life

- External storage

Pros Pixel 4a Galaxy A32
#1 AMOLED AMOLED
#2 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#3 Cameras Battery Life
#4 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#5 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#6 3.5mm Jack
Cons Pixel 4a Galaxy A32
#1 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#2 MicroSD Slot Weight
#3 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Pixel 4a Galaxy A32
Gaming Score
5.8
5.0
-0.8
Tek-Score
5.64
5.76
0.12
Your Score

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 Google Pixel 4a 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $370
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $344
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $385
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $419
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $305
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $329
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $329
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $386
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $305
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $380
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $299
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $400
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $359
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $398
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $396
  • OnePlusrivalNord N10
    $299
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A52
    $380
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A42
    $299
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro Max
    $292
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t Pro
    $385

 Samsung Galaxy A32 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A50
    $265
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A70
    $255
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A40
    $240
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 8 Pro
    $215
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • XiaomirivalPocophone F1
    $250
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7 Plus
    $260
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7
    $250
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $300
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $299
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 SE
    $250
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $280
  • HuaweirivalP40 Lite
    $223
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A31
    $225
  • OnePlusrivalNord N10
    $299
  • XiaomirivalPoco X3 NFC
    $230
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro
    $255
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A42
    $299
  • XiaomirivalPoco X3 Pro
    $243
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10
    $218
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro Max
    $292
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t
    $270
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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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