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Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W) vs Google Pixel 3a XL (G020A)

Side by side comparison between Samsung Galaxy S20+ Plus 5G vs Google Pixel 3a XL phones, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Google Pixel 3a XL XSamsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)31Points
Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)
6.7"
AMOLED

1440x3200

12.2
MP

10mp

12GB
RAM

64bit Octa

4500
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
Google Pixel 3a XL (G020A)
6"
OLED

1080x2160

12.2
MP

8mp

4GB
RAM

64bit Octa

3700
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal. Therefore, you shouldn't only consider this. Our goal is to help you, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which one is the best! Comment!

Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)31 Advantages Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)vsPixel 3a XL (G020A)3 Advantages Google Pixel 3a XL (G020A)
+2.84GHz 64bit Octa-Core36%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
vs2GHz 64bit Octa-Core
+12GB LPDDR52 times
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
vs4GB LPDDR4X
+128GB (104GB available)108%
More internal storage for applications and files
vs64GB (50GB available)
+UFS 3.0Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
vseMMC 5.1
+Until 1TB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
vsNot supported
+7.8 millimeters (0.31 inches)5%
Thinner
vs8.2 millimeters (0.32 inches)
+Aluminum frame, glass front/backAdvantage
More resistant material
vsPlastic body, glass front
+Dynamic AMOLEDAdvantage
Dynamic AMOLED display is brighter and more vivid
vsOLED
+HDR10+Advantage
The HDR10+ display provides vibrant colors and more details
vsNot supported
+120Hz100%
The display reproduces more frames per second because the frequency (Hertz) is higher, improves fluidity and tires your eyes less.
vs60Hz
+1440x3200 pixels98%
Higher resolution screen
vs1080x2160 pixels
+524 PPI30%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
vs402 PPI
+6.7"12%
Larger screen
vs6"
+(quad camera) 12.2MP + 64MP + 12MP + 0.3MP6 times
Higher resolution main camera
vs(back) 12.2MP
+Digital and optical zoomAdvantage
The zoom allows for better focus and approach to take pictures
vsOnly digital zoom
+1/1.76" inches45%
The larger sensor camera lets you take photos with better depth.
vs1/2.55" inches
+(front) 10MP26%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
vs(front) 8MP
+8K UHD (7680x4320)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the primary camera
vs4K UHD (3840x2160)
+(front) 4K UHD (3840x2160)3 times
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
vs(front) Full HD (1920x1080)
+5G SA/NSAAdvantage
The 5G SA/NSA network is newer and faster
vs4G+ LTE-A
+(5G SA/NSA) 5000 Mbps7 times
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
vs(4G+ LTE-A) 600 Mbps
+ANT+Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+Face unlockAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+4500 mAh22%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs3700 mAh
+25W39%
More power (watts) to charge the battery faster. Sometimes, the charger that comes with the device doesn't have the same power supported by the device. Check before you buy it.
vs18W
+Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)Advantage
Wireless charging is another way to charge the battery.
vsNot supported
+FMAdvantage
The radio lets you listen to your songs and sports in general
vsNot supported
+802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMOAdvantage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO is newer and faster
vs802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device.
vsNot supported
+USB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoAdvantage
Newer and faster USB version for transferring photos, mp3 or data.
vsUSB 2.0 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Go
+IP68 certifiedAdvantage
Protection against water allows you talk to your friends in the rain, for example
vsNot supported
188 grams (6.58 ounces)vs+167 grams (5.85 ounces)13%
Lighter
LED flashvs+Dual-LED flashAdvantage
The Dual-LED flash helps in dark places or in low light
Type-C reversible connectorvs+3.5mm jackAdvantage
Headsets with 3.5mm Jack size are more common and easy to find in stores

27 Common items in both devices
16 million
PDAF: phase detection autofocus on both cameras / PDAF: phase detection autofocus
OIS: Optical stabilization
BSI sensor
HDR photo/video on both cameras / HDR photo on both cameras
f/1.8 (aperture)
Android 12
+20 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)Google Pixel 3a XL (G020A)
ModelGalaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)Pixel 3a XL (G020A)
Other model namesGalaxy S20 Plus 5G G986W (Snapdragon, 12GB RAM)Google Pixel 3a XL G020A (Verizon Wireless)
Country or region availableCanada
Canada
USA
USA
BrandSamsungGoogle
Release date3/6/2020, Announced: 2/11/20205/19/2019, Announced: 5/7/2019
Depth7.8 millimeters (0.31 inches)8.2 millimeters (0.32 inches)
Size (width x height)73.7 x 161.9 millimeters (2.9 x 6.37 in)76.1 x 160.1 millimeters (3 x 6.3 in)
Weight188 grams (6.58 ounces)167 grams (5.85 ounces)
Build, materialsAluminum frame, glass front/backPlastic body, glass front
Protection against water and othersIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistantNot supported

🤖 Operating System

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)Google Pixel 3a XL (G020A)
System versionAndroid 10Android 9.0 Pie
Firmware updateAndroid 12Android 12
User InterfaceOne UI 2 / 3.1 / 4.0feature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)Google Pixel 3a XL (G020A)
Chipset64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (SM8250) (7nm)64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 (SDM670) (10nm)
CPUOcta-Core, 3 processors:
2.84GHz Single-Core Kryo 585
2.42GHz Triple-Core Kryo 585
1.8GHz Quad-Core Kryo 585
Octa-Core, 2 processors:
2GHz Dual-Core Kryo 360 Gold
1.7GHz Hexa-Core Kryo 360 Silver
GPU graphical controllerQualcomm Adreno 650 (250-587MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 615
Performance (benchmark)feature not registeredAnTuTu: 159110 (v7), 176612 (v8)
Geekbench: 5176 (v4.4), 1307 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 11fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

💽 Memory and storage

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)Google Pixel 3a XL (G020A)
RAM memory12GB LPDDR54GB LPDDR4X
Internal storage128GB (104GB available)
UFS 3.0
64GB (50GB available)
eMMC 5.1
External storageUntil 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)
Not supported

📲 Display

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)Google Pixel 3a XL (G020A)
Display typeDynamic AMOLEDOLED
Screen size6.7" inches6" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~90.8% (screen-to-body ratio)~76.3% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1440x3200 pixels (20:9)1080x2160 pixels (18:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch
Pixel density (dot pitch)524 PPI402 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 6Dragontrail Glass
Refresh rate120Hz60Hz
Display featuresHDR10+
Always-On Display
120Hz@FHD
60Hz@QHD
Always-On Display

📶 Mobile networks

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)Google Pixel 3a XL (G020A)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF) + e-SIM
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload5000/200 Mbps600/75 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G, 5G2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM MHz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkCDMA 800, GSM 850/900/1800/1900CDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat20 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 29, 30, 66, 71)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41, 46)
VoLTE
LTE Cat11/5 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 66)
TD-LTE (38, 40, 41)
VoLTE
Primary 5G networkSA/NSA/Sub6 (5, 41, 66, 71)Not supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A, 5G SA/NSAGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported

📷 Camera

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)Google Pixel 3a XL (G020A)
Back camera (main camera)(quad camera)
12.2 megapixels
64MP telephotof/2.029mm1/1.72"0.8µmPDAFOIS1.1x-optical-zoom
12MP ultrawidef/2.213mm1.4µmSuper-Steady-video
0.3MP TOF 3Df/1.0
12.2 megapixels
Main camera resolution4032x3024 pixels4032x3024 pixels
Video recording (primary)8K UHD (7680x4320) 24 fps4K UHD (3840x2160) 30 fps
FlashLED flashDual-LED flash
Focal aperturef/1.8 (aperture)f/1.8 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens28mm lens
Sensor size1/1.76" inches1/2.55" inches
Pixel size1.8µm pixel1.4µm pixel
AutofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocus on both camerasPDAF: phase detection autofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilization
ZoomDigital and optical zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedSupported
HDRHDR photo/video on both camerasHDR photo on both cameras
Camera extras4K@60fps
1080p@240fps
720p@960fps
1080p@120fps

📸 Front camera

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)Google Pixel 3a XL (G020A)
Front camera (secondary)10 megapixels8 megapixels
Front camera resolution3872x2592 pixels3264x2448 pixels
Video recording (secondary)4K UHD (3840x2160)Full HD (1920x1080)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.2 (aperture)f/2.0 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens24mm lens
Sensor size1/3.2" inchesfeature not registered
Pixel size1.22µm pixel1.12µm pixel

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)Google Pixel 3a XL (G020A)
LoudspeakerStereo sound
32-bit/384kHz
Dolby Atmos
Tuned by AKG
Stereo sound
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioFMNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, XviD, MKVMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, XviD, MKV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLAC

🔌 Connectivity

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)Google Pixel 3a XL (G020A)
USBUSB 3.2 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoUSB 2.0 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Go
Audio outputType-C reversible connector3.5mm jack
TV outputUSB Type-C (reversible)Not supported
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP/LE5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi6 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
DLNASupportedNot supported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO
NFCSupportedSupported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)Google Pixel 3a XL (G020A)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
ANT+
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (under display)
Gesture
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Proximity sensor
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Barometer
Compass
Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
Gyroscope
Proximity sensor
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported

🔋 Battery

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)Google Pixel 3a XL (G020A)
Battery typeLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity4500 mAh3700 mAh
Charger, watts25W Fast battery charging
15W Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
9W Reverse wireless charging between devices
USB Power Delivery 3.0
18W (9V/2A) Fast battery charging
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Talk time autonomyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)Google Pixel 3a XL (G020A)
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
Miscellaneous- Colors: Cosmic Black, Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud White, Aura Red, Aura Blue
- Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
- Bixby
- Samsung DeX
- Samsung Pay (MST, NFC)
- Colors: Just Black, Clearly White, Purple-ish

☢️ Radiation rate

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (SM-G986W)Google Pixel 3a XL (G020A)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)1.1W/kg (head), 1.25W/kg (body)1.19W/kg (head), 0.98W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registered1.39W/kg (head), 0.9W/kg (body)
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