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Moto Z4 vs Google Pixel 3a XL: Confrontation to be best mid-ranger

31 May 2019 5

Finally, the wait is over as the Lenovo owned Motorola wraps off the cover from the much anticipated Moto Z4. The Moto Z4 is the latest premium offering from Motorola with stylish design, solid hardware and also supports Moto Mods. With the latest gen Moto Z4, the company brought improvements in all departments. In last few weeks or so we have seen flagships killer from Redmi, OnePlus, and Honor. Google and Motorola introduce upper mid-range phones.

Those who are looking for a solid mid-range phone below $500 will certainly consider the newly announced Moto Z4 and Google Pixel 3a XL. Both phones have tons of goodies to attract buyers. The best thing is both Moto Z4 and Pixel 3a XL are camera powerhouses and running on the almost stock version of the Android OS. Like always we put the latest phones in a head-to-head confrontation to know in detail which smartphone is better in what aspects.

Today we will put the latest Moto Z4 against the Google Pixel 3a XL to know in detail the real differences and similarities between the two phones. Without any further ado, let's kick off with the design.

75 x 158 x 7.35 mm
6.4 inches - 2340x1080 px
76.1 x 160.1 x 8.2 mm
6 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Design

The Pixel 3a XL retains the design language of the premium Pixel 3 series. However, in terms of look, it looks dated due to the thick bezel and two-tone finish like the original Pixel phones. Unlike the latest phone, it has thick bezels at the top and bottom of the display. The Pixel 3a XL has polycarbonate body with a glossy finish but still doesn't look as premium as the glass and metal sandwich.

The Moto Z4 has aluminum chassis with glass covering the rear side. The company adopted the trendy teardrop notch at the top of the display with thin bezel at the bottom. The teardrop notch allows the company to fit in a larger display in a compact body.

On the rear side, both the Pixel 3a XL and Moto Z4 has single snapper with LED flashlight. The Moto Z4 comes with under-glass optical fingerprint scanner whereas the Pixel 3a XL has a fingerprint scanner on the rear side in the center. Another prominent aspect of the Moto Z4 design is pogo pins at the rear bottom to attach Moto Mods.

Being the mid-range phones both the devices lack official IP-ratings, however, the Moto Z4 features P2i coating which provides resistance against water splashes. The Moto Z4 dimensions are 158 × 75 × 7.35 mm and weigh 165g. The Pixel 3a XL is larger, thicker and wider at 160.1 × 76.1 × 8.2 mm and weighs 167g. In terms of color options, the Moto Z4 is available in Frost White and Flash Grey colors whereas the Pixel 3a XL can be grabbed in Purple-ish, Just Black and Clearly White options.

Display

Despite being the mid-range phones both have OLED display panel. It's good to see OEMs adopting the latest best display panels for the mid-range devices as well. The contrast ratio, deep blacks, and colors accuracy are equally good on both the phones.

The Moto Z4 is featuring a 6.39-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 and the pixels density is 403 pixels-per-inch. The only hindrance is the dewdrop notch at the top of the display.

On the other hand, the Pixel 3a XL has a 6.0-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 and the pixels density is 402 pixels-per-inch. Although it lacks notch but comes with thick prominent bezels.

Hardware

Under the hood, both the phones are running on the Qualcomm's Octa-core 600 series chipset. The Moto Z4 is powered up by the Snapdragon 675 SoC whereas the Pixel 3a XL is running on the Snapdragon 670 SoC. In terms of performance, the Z4 has an advantage because of the latest and powerful chipset.

In terms of RAM, both have 4GB RAM, the Z4 built-in storage is 128GB which is further expandable via MicroSD. The Pixel 3a XL native storage is 64GB and it can't be further expanded. Overall the Moto Z4 takes lead in the hardware section due to better hardware and options for memory expansion.

Specs Moto Z4 Pixel 3a XL
Display 6.39-inches 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 675 Snapdragon 670
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 128GB Expandable via MicroSD 64GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 48MP 12.2MP
Front camera 25MP 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone Yes Yes
Battery 3,600mAh 3,700mAh
OS Android Pie Android Pie
Battery

The Pixel 3a XL lights are kept on using a 3,700mAh battery cell. It comes with Qualcomm's Quick charge 18W charger straight out of the box. The Pixel 3a XL brought significant improvement over the Pixel 3 series in the battery life.

The Moto Z4 large display lights are kept on by a 3,600mAh battery. It supports 15W TurboPower fast charger. Considering the display size and smaller battery cell the Z4 battery may not last as long as the Pixel 3a XL. The Z4 supports battery Moto Mods but you will have to spend $80 more for it.

Camera

The Pixel 3 series was rated amongst the best camera phones in the market. Fortunately, the company opted similar hardware and software goodies for the Pixel 3a XL. The only difference is lack of Visual Core chip which is exclusive for the Pixel 3 series. Without dedicated chipset, the image processing speed is slower on the Pixel 3a XL.

Both the front and rear camera can capture portrait shots using AI Prowess. In this pricing, the Pixel 3a XL certainly has the best camera in the market. The Pixel 3a XL rear snapper is 12.2MP with f/1.8 aperture whereas the Z4 has 48MP snapper on the rear with f/1.7 aperture and dual LED flashlight. It comes with optical image stabilization.

To improve the low-light capturing capabilities the Z4 uses pixels binning tech which combines four pixels to produce one final result with sufficient light. Still, the image processing capability of Pixel 3a XL is way superior to the Moto Z4. Up front, the Pixel 3a XL selfie snapper is 8MP whereas the Z4 sport a 25MP snapper on the front.

Software

As OS both the phones are pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box. The Moto Z4 custom UI brings a number of special features like Moto Actions, Moto Display and many more. At the announcement, Motorola confirmed roll out of Android Q for the Z4 but it may not receive Android Q update. It will be receiving new software updates for the next couple of years on a bi-monthly basis.

The Pixel phones custom UI has few special features. The best thing is Pixel 3a XL will be amongst the first to receive the new major software updates. It will be receiving major software and security updates more regularly and for a longer period as opposed to the Moto Z4.

Special goodies

Mostly the mid-range phones don't have special features but that's not the case with these two phones. The Moto Z4 supports Moto Mods which allows the user to spend a few extra bucks to enjoy special features. For instance, you can enhance the battery life by using the Battery mod, special camera mod is also available to enhance the camera experience, 5G Mod brings support for 5G connectivity. As a launch offer the company is offering free Moto 360 Camera mod if you purchase the unlocked model.

The Pixel 3a XL brings support for AR mode in Google Maps, Now Playing provides info regarding the music playing nearby, Google Assistant can be utilized to screen calls.

Price

The Moto Z4 locked model will be up for sale from June 13th via Verizon. You can grab as low as $400 if you opt Device Payment Plan of Verizon. If you purchase an unlocked model you will have to pay $500 with Moto 360 Camera mod as a freebie. It will be released from June 6th.

On the other hand, the Pixel 3a XL is available at a price tag of $479. It is available for purchase from Verizon, Google, US Cellular and e-retailers. If you don't want a large display, you can opt Pixel 3 for $400.

Conclusion:

Both the phones are amongst the best in the mid-range category. The Pixel 3a XL takes lead in the camera, battery and software department. The Moto Z4 brings stylish design, superior hardware, Moto Mods support and plenty of special goodies. Now it's up to customers whether they prefer the Moto Z4 goodies or go for the Pixel 3a XL.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Moto Z4 vs Pixel 3a XL in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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DaniPablo
DaniPablo NadimShaukat

Ok. For the sake of curiosity. The sensors are quite evidentally apart. But the Pixel 3a XL comes with f/1.8 aperture (12.2MP) while the Moto Z4 has f/1.7 aperture (48MP). Aperture size almost similar. So what still makes them almost similar when the sensors carry that huge difference?

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