It's no secret that Google's 2020 smartphone lineup has been considerably affected by the Covid-19 pandemic — the Pixel 4a was originally supposed to launch in May at Google I/O, but that event was canceled and the release was pushed back to August. This latest Pixel leak shows an engineering sample of a phone that the firmware calls the Pixel 5s, but before you get excited about the prospect of a new Pixel we didn't already know about, it's likely this is just the Pixel 5.
Those familiar with FCC filings for phones will know that it usually points to an imminent debut. We saw the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL pop up at the FCC at almost exactly this time last year, and now we're seeing four model numbers that are almost certainly the upcoming Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G.
We didn’t get to see a Pixel 4a XL model this year, but Google did confirm that a tad pricier 5G variant will be out soon. Thanks to all the leaks and rumors, the Pixel 4a 5G is shaping up like the missing elder sibling to the standard 4a with its bigger display and better internals. Some new high-res renders, courtesy of @OnLeaks, now give us a clear look at the Pixel 4a 5G from all angles.
The Google Pixel 4a was just released, and even though this year's other Pixel phones are only a few months away, there still isn't much public information about them. Google teased both phones on the Pixel 4a's release day, but now we have alleged real-life photos and specifications for the devices.
Some may consider the Pixel 4a to be an amuse bouche for the bigger courses: the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. Is there reason to build up your anticipation? Well, there's some new intel on what their spec sheets might hold.
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Google has switched up its smartphone strategy for 2020, and that means the mental math on upgrades is changing, too. While we absolutely adore the Pixel 4a, no doubt plenty of older Pixel owners are on the fence about whether they should wait for the upcoming Pixel 5 (you can find out everything we know about the Pixel 5 here, by the way). In short, we think it's going to come down to money and a few key features (5G, wireless charging, an IP rating) less than things like size, battery life, or software support.
After struggling for years to contain the many Pixel leaks, Google now does things a little differently by showing us glimpses of its products ahead of their full unveiling. Even so, it doesn't appear to have been part of the plan to reveal the pre-order date for its upcoming Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) so soon. Someone at Google France seemingly didn't get the memo.
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.