At Google’s mid-season announcement, we finally got to see the hotly anticipated Pixel 4a make its debut after what was feeling like a never-ending wait. But it looks like the wait is going to be even longer for Indians as the 4a’s launch in the South Asian market is still a couple of months away. On top of that, Google has said that the higher-end Pixel 5 won’t see an Indian launch at all.
Last year, Google revealed the upcoming Pixel 4 when leaks made it clear the phone was going to be breaking cover whether Google wanted it to or not. This year, it seems to be doing the same with the upcoming Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, and on the day the Pixel 4a is launching, no less. This teaser image was published in a Google blog post and on the Google Store, and that's not all Google is telling us: they're talking money.
While we know a lot about the (seemingly endlessly) upcoming Pixel 4a, there's a whole lot about Google's 2020 smartphone strategy we can't quite clear the fog on just yet. And what we even do know suggests 2020 is going to be a very weird for year for Pixel: A small Pixel 4a, a large Pixel 4a 5G, and a small Pixel 5. We know what chips they'll have (the 4a will get a Snapdragon 730, while the latter two phones will get 765s), and we know at least the Pixel 5 will probably feature a multi-camera array and things like wireless charging (...hopefully).
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It sure looks like the Google Pixel smartphone lineup is about to get weird. Based on what we know so far, it looks like there will be a Pixel 4a, a Pixel 4a 5G, and a Pixel 5. A defunct Pixel 4a XL is out of the picture, and there was never even a leak suggesting the existence of a Pixel 5 XL to begin with. This has rightly left many bewildered: just what is Google trying to accomplish here? While I won't claim to have all the answers, I do think there's a lens worth interpreting this through, and that lens is Google's Silicon Valley rival, Apple.
The OnePlus 8 series is finally here, with two models to choose from and a higher price tag than ever. Meanwhile, Google's Pixel 4 has been on the market for around six months, but a new model is likely going to arrive in the fall. If you're looking to replace your phone, it might be tough to decide whether to buy the OnePlus 8 now, or wait for the Pixel 5 later this year.
Based on an APK teardown from that Pixel 4a that leaked earlier, new details regarding Google's upcoming Pixel 5 might also be coming to light. The folks at 9to5Google, in concert with Gcam modder Cstark27, have confirmed the Pixel 5's codename, and through that, further confirmed that the Pixel 5 won't have your usual "flagship" chipset inside it. Google's next high-end Pixel will probably be packing a Snapdragon 765, based on what we know.