Google Pixel 4a
Todd Haselton | CNBC
Google on Friday denied stories that mentioned its subsequent cellphone, the Pixel 5a, is canceled and mentioned the cellphone will launch later this yr within the U.S. and Japan. The cellphone has not but been formally introduced, and that is the primary time Google has confirmed it exists.
“Pixel 5a 5G just isn’t cancelled,” a Google spokesperson instructed CNBC. “It will likely be obtainable later this yr within the U.S. and Japan and introduced in step with when final yr’s a-series cellphone was launched.”
Google’s Pixel telephones usually ship with the most recent model of Android and embrace some distinctive options which can be solely obtainable on Google units. The a-series Pixel units, such because the Pixel 4a that launched in August, are extra inexpensive than Google’s different Pixel telephones, just like the retired Pixel 4 or present Pixel 5, which frequently have higher-end screens and designs. The Pixel 5a is predicted across the identical time-frame.
Google has struggled to maintain up with different Android cellphone makers, however its extra inexpensive Pixels have helped to drive gross sales.
The rumor steered that Google’s Pixel 5a was canceled due to the ongoing international chip scarcity, which has affected all the things from vehicles to sport consoles.