Pixel 5a, we hardly knew ya.
What you need to know
- The rumored Google Pixel 5a has reportedly been canceled.
- Apparently, the global chip shortage has affected its production.
- Google will continue to focus on the Pixel 4a 5G in the foreseeable future.
The Google Pixel 5a is dead. The upcoming mid-range smartphone was expected to be launched at this year’s Google I/O developer conference alongside the rumored Pixel Buds A, but apparently the global chip shortage has seen to its demise. The report comes from known leaker Jon Prosser and the information has been confirmed twice by Android Central:
„Barbet“ (Pixel 5A) has been canceled. 😞
I’m told it’s due to the chip shortage, and as of this morning, it’s not moving forward.
Pixel 4A and 4A 5G will continue to be sold throughout 2021.
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) April 9, 2021
Unfortunately, the global chip shortage has been causing more problems for smartphone manufacturers, with reports that it has been affecting Samsung’s smartphone production as well. Not to mention how it’s affecting the production of the PS5.
The Google Pixel 5a was set to be one of this year’s best cheap Android phones. However, sources tell Android Central that engineers will continue to focus on the Google Pixel 4a 5G for software testing and sales in the foreseeable future. That makes sense since the Pixel 5a was likely based on the same hardware from the 4a 5G. It also means we’re going to have to wait until fall to get a new Pixel smartphone.
This no doubt throws Google’s hardware plans for a loop. Since the company is reportedly working on its own in-house chip for the Google Pixel 6, the company likely wants to put all of its resources there. Let’s just hope that Google can make its next flagship powerful and affordable enough to make up for the loss of the 5a.
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