Google announces Pixel 5A 5G by denying rumors it’s canceled

Google has formally declared a new Pixel cellular phone, the Pixel 5A 5G. It is done so in the same way it has declared a large amount of latest Pixel telephones: by reacting to a rumor. This time is a minimal a lot less exciting than usual, nevertheless, simply because the rumor in problem is that the mobile phone had been canceled completely. In response, a Google spokesperson despatched together the pursuing statement:

Pixel 5a 5G is not cancelled. It will be obtainable afterwards this calendar year in the U.S. and Japan and introduced in line with when past year’s a-series phone was released.

Before currently, Android Central cited two unbiased resources proclaiming the Pixel 5A experienced been canceled, adhering to a tweet from Jon Prosser boasting it was because of to chip shortages. It does show up that the chip shortages are true, even so, as Google is only arranging to release the Pixel 5A 5G in the US and Japan.

The rumors about the Pixel 5A 5G point to it remaining to some degree very similar to the Pixel 4A 5G — an additional decrease-finish cell phone designed to broaden Google’s industry get to by trying to keep the value down. Code pointing to the existence of the Pixel 5A has been observed in the Android Open Source Undertaking as early as July 2020. The Pixel 5A 5G is envisioned to be very similar (but not identical) in dimensions to the Pixel 4A 5G, with a 6.2-inch FHD+ show, twin rear cameras, and a headphone jack.

Google’s statement states it will be introduced “in line with when past year’s a-sequence telephone was introduced,” which was in August 2020. On the other hand, several have speculated that it would be declared at this year’s on the web-only Google I/O developer convention along with a reduced-charge edition of the Pixel Buds.

Google is also rumored to be producing a higher-stop flagship Pixel cell phone later on this calendar year. Assumed to be the Pixel 6, the large offer with that rumored mobile phone is that it will commence to use more Google-developed chips, like the so-named “Whitechapel” process on a chip.

Google has a background of just admitting it has phones to announce in response to rumors. Back in 2019, it famously tweeted out an graphic of the Pixel 4 just after it began to leak in earnest. It was an innovative way to get handle of the common phone rumor hype cycle at the time. This time, Google’s reaction is a small a lot less cheeky. Having to straight-up deny cancellation rumors feels a whole lot fewer like buzz and a large amount much more like damage manage.