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Google’s affordable Pixel 5a is here, but you might be left wondering how it compares to the Samsung Galaxy S21. We’ve got you covered in this Pixel 5a vs. Galaxy S21 face-off.

It might seem a bit silly to compare these two phones given the gap in price. But thanks to Google’s photography prowess, the Pixel 5a punches well above its weight. When you use both phones side-by-side, Google’s phone feels very similar to Samsung’s device in several areas.

The winner in some of the following categories might be obvious — the Galaxy S21 has a much better processor, for example — but we wanted to give the Pixel 5a a fair shot. You might actually be surprised at how well Google’s phone holds up, even if you’ve already guessed the end result.Google Pixel 5a vs. Samsung Galaxy S21: Specs Pixel 5a Galaxy S21 Starting price $449 $799 Screen size 6.43-inch OLED (2400 x 1080) 6.2-inch Super AMOLED (2400 x 1080) Refresh rate 60Hz 48-120Hz CPU Snapdragon 765G Snapdragon 888 RAM 6GB 8GB Storage 128GB 128GB, 256GB Rear cameras 12.2MP (f/1.7), 16MP (f/2.2) ultrawide 12MP (f/1.8) wide; 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide; 64MP (f/2.0) telephoto 3x optical Front camera 8MP (f/2.0) 10MP (f/2.2) Battery size 4,680mAh 4,000 mAh Battery life (Hrs:Mins) 9:45 09:53 (60Hz) / 06:31 (adaptive) Size 6.1 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches 5.97 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches Weight 6.5 ounces 5.96 ounces Google Pixel 5a vs. Samsung Galaxy S21: Price and availability

The Pixel 5a costs almost half of what Samsung charges for the Galaxy S21. Google set the price at $449 ($100 more than the Pixel 4a) for a phone with a 6.43-inch OLED display, 128GB of storage, 6GB of RAM, and two cameras. 

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