Pixel 5a cancellation rumour dismissed by Google, launch likely around August

Highlights
  • Google has confirmed that the Pixel 5a will be launched later this year, likely in August
  • However, the smartphone will be launched only in the U.S. and Japan
  • Pixel 4a India launch can be expected too, but not anytime soon

Some recent reports had suggested that Google Pixel 5a 5G would be cancelled due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage. The information has now been debunked by Google itself, which spoke to 9to5google about it. The company confirmed that Google Pixel 5a “will be available later this year in the U.S. and Japan,” adding that the launch will be in line with when last year’s a-series phone was introduced. That means Google Pixel 5a 5G launch date could be sometime in August 2021. Global availability could follow suit eventually, but that could take a while. The smartphone could eventually make its way to India too, if a recent BIS listing is to be believed. We even got a decent idea about the Google Pixel 5a design via a few leaked renders.

Also read: Possible Google Pixel 5a India launch imminent, BIS listing suggests

Little is known about Google Pixel 5a specifications at this point. For the most part, it will offer incremental upgrades over its predecessor, with slightly upgraded cameras and a better chipset. Earlier reports have told us that the Pixel 5a will run a 6.2-inch FHD+ OLED screen. One can only hope that it is clocked at 90Hz. At the back, we get two or three rear cameras — a first for a Pixel ‘a’ series device. The smartphone will run Stock Android 11 out of the box. We’re probably looking at a Snapdragon 750G SoC coupled with 4/6GB of RAM under the hood, coupled with 64/128GB of storage. 

However, we may have to wait for the  Pixel 6 to see Google’s custom silicon, reportedly codenamed Whitechapel, in action. Pixel fans based in India may have to remain content with the Pixel 5a, as Google seems hesitant about bringing its full-fat flagship to the Indian market for the past few years.

Key Specs

Google Pixel 5A
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G | 6 GBProcessor
6.2 inches Display
12.2 MP + 13 MPRear camera
8 MPSelfie camera
3480 mAh Battery
Google Pixel 5A Price, Launch Date
Expected Price: Rs. 34,999
Release Date: 11-Jun-2021 (Expected)
Variant: 6 GB RAM / 128 GB internal storage
Phone Status: Rumoured