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Galaxy A71 vs Pixel 4a: Indian customers should steer clear of Googleโ€™s phone

Samsung has a grip on the mid-range and upper-mid-range smartphone segments in India and the companyโ€™s online retail business in the country is booming. However, Samsungโ€™s sub-$500 smartphone portfolio was threatened today by a new mid-range device that was developed by the same people who are responsible for Android OS. The Google Pixel 4a was released in India today for a price similar to the Galaxy A71, but can it challenge Samsungโ€™s mid-range device that was brought to India nearly eight months ago?

The short answer is no, it cannot, but letโ€™s explore why Samsungโ€™s Galaxy A71 is a better option for customers in India who may be looking to buy a new mid-range device for under INR 30,000 ($410). We donโ€™t usually compare Samsung devices with other brands but as a smartphone developed by Google and sold in India through Flipkart, the Pixel 4a makes for an interesting albeit surprisingly weak rival.

Galaxy A71 vs Pixel 4a: Google must be jokingโ€ฆ

Looking at the Pixel 4a next to the Galaxy A71, itโ€™s difficult if not impossible to justify the formerโ€™s price tag. Googleโ€™s supposed rival to the Galaxy A71 has a smaller 5.81-inch display, no expandable storage, no 8GB RAM variant, only a single rear-facing camera instead of four, an 8MP selfie sensor as opposed to a 32MP one, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and not an under-display solution, and an underwhelming 3,140mAh battery with 18W fast charging.

The only advantage the Pixel 4a seemingly has over the Galaxy A71 is that it ships with the Snapdragon 730G chipset instead of the Snapdragon 730 SoC. The former chipset has a higher GPU clock rate but the difference in 3D performance is relatively negligible, or at least not enough to paint the Pixel 4a in a brighter light. And since the Galaxy A71 is eligible for Samsungโ€™s new policy regarding Android OS updates, it will benefit from three years of support just like Googleโ€™s device.

Of course, not every smartphone on the market is or should be identical, and itโ€™s obvious that the Pixel 4a is not in the same league as the Galaxy A71. But the cherry on top is the launch price that pushes Googleโ€™s mid-range phone directly into Galaxy A71 territory. Googleโ€™s phone has a launch price of INR 31,999 ($437) but it is available through Flipkart for 6% off, or INR 29,999 ($410). Meanwhile, you can buy the Galaxy A71 with 8GB of RAM instead of 6GB for INR 29,499 ($403) and youโ€™ll take advantage of better specs while being able to choose from additional color options.

Can you find a reason why you would buy the Google Pixel 4a instead of the Galaxy A71 in India? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.


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hahahahaha, better specs ?
Just by increasing number of cameras ?
Well that may work as majority buyers think more cameras means better.

Google this time actually launched at sensible pricing compared to last year's Pixel 3a.
Also production,supply chain, increased GST still they priced it ok for 29999.
If bank discount is also applicable then for 28500, this will be good buy.

It is much compact phone, stereo speakers, SD730G, no bloatware, fastest and longest updates, 3.5 mm jack

Only issues I have with Pixel is very pathetic service experience, dual SIM issues with physical sim + eSIM combo

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Guy who wrote this article is full on Samsung fan and he must be joking.

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I think so google phones are worlds hackable phones.๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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hackable means ? I didn't get your point.

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pixel service is worst service

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When Pixel 2 was there they had **bleep** with some fraud type provider
Now they have B2X.

https://support.google.com/store/answer/7182296?hl=en-GB

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Remember earlier pixel phones in India had 2 years warranty but it was pathetic experience.

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sab kuch decide karne ke bad mujhe laga ki hangsung hi accha hain๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Same experience here though I never used iPhone for more than 2 days.
Many people are big fans of Apple.
I used Nokia long time then Sony then LG , with Samsung, xiaomi for very short time.
Samsung seems better overall for me despite all issues.

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How much they should have priced ?
I feel for Google this price is still okish. Not great but not very bad either.

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iPhone most typical problem is after 1 year. calling speakers ka sound kam ho jate hain ... replace karne se thik hota hain .. me use karta tha...atlest samsung me kuch ho gaya to Service center reach karna toh asaan hain

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one thing to ponder:-
when Galaxy M51 launched with 730G at 25k people called it overpriced.
but now when Pixel 4A has launched with the same processor at 30k, people are saying its priced well. why???

Remember when Pixel launched Android 11, we Indians were not even included in their first batch. We got that update after some weeks.
True, Pixel cameras are the greatest, but don't have high expectations from them on software front. in fact, the Samsung competitor to Pixel 4A ie, Galaxy A71 is sure to get 3 Android updates. The only superior point in Pixel is its camera, but remember, it does not have the wide angle lens.

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i second that... it's going to be a personal preference by the way...

those who want camera and stock android experience alone would go for pixel...

and those who want ease of life which one of the feature which stands out is samsung pay full version with mst....and okaish camera.....as noone is gonna use aphone to click moon and mars...so at the price point and service delivery + resale value of samsung....it will beat google

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hahahahaha, better specs ?
Just by increasing number of cameras ?
Well that may work as majority buyers think more cameras means better.

Google this time actually launched at sensible pricing compared to last year's Pixel 3a.
Also production,supply chain, increased GST still they priced it ok for 29999.
If bank discount is also applicable then for 28500, this will be good buy.

It is much compact phone, stereo speakers, SD730G, no bloatware, fastest and longest updates, 3.5 mm jack

Only issues I have with Pixel is very pathetic service experience, dual SIM issues with physical sim + eSIM combo

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I think so google phones are worlds hackable phones.๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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hackable means ? I didn't get your point.

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The price does NOT justify the phone
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How much they should have priced ?
I feel for Google this price is still okish. Not great but not very bad either.

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Guy who wrote this article is full on Samsung fan and he must be joking.

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how to find pixel service center?
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pixel service is worst service

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When Pixel 2 was there they had **bleep** with some fraud type provider
Now they have B2X.

https://support.google.com/store/answer/7182296?hl=en-GB

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