Yesterday, the infamous Jon Prosser tweeted out that Google has shelved the upcoming Pixel 5a, and Android Central later corroborated it. According to the sources, the next Pixel faced the axe due to the global shortage chip, which has already caused significant players worldwide. But Google has to say otherwise.
In a statement to Android Police, Google spokesperson implicated that the next Pixel smartphone has not been cancelled, and it will be launched in line with the last year’s Pixel 4a. Here’s what the statement reads.
“Pixel 5a 5G is not cancelled. It will be available later this year in the U.S. and Japan and announced in line with when last year’s a-series phone was introduced.“
According to Google, the Pixel 5a is coming indeed. However, it might not be available in every region, as the statement implies that the next affordable Pixel smartphone will be just available in the United States and Japan. According to Google’s statement, it might not come to Europe and India, atleast this year. The reason behind this could be the shortage of silica around the globe, which gives Prosser and Android Central a hand over their report.
Pixel 5a Rumoured Specifications
If launched, the Pixel 5a will succeed last year’s Pixel 4a, and it will be an affordable take on Google’s 2020 flagship, Pixel 5. According to some previous rumours, the Pixel 5a is expected to feature a 6.2-inch FHD+ OLED display with no word on its refresh rate. According to Steve Hemmerstoffer renders, the punch hole cutout at the top left corner will house its front camera. The main camera setup is likely to consist of a 12MP primary camera alongside a 16MP ultrawide camera. The Pixel 5a will be retaining the 3.5mm audio jack fingerprint sensor and stereo speakers from its predecessor.
Prosser also shared renders for the alleged Pixel Watch. According to him, Google is working on a smartwatch dubbed Pixel Watch, currently being referenced as ‘Rohan’ internally. The watch is expected to debut later this year in October with Google’s in-house chipset.