13 October 2019
Google is currently busy preparing for the Pixel 4 series launch next week and if a new Nikkei report is to be believed, it may also announce a Pixel 5G model at the same event. It cites anonymous sources behind the claim which if true will make Google the first U.S.-based company with a 5G smartphone announcement.
The report mentions that the alleged Pixel 5G phone is currently in the test production phase. It means even if there is an official announcement next week, we will still have to wait for a few months before it becomes available for purchase. This brings us to the point that Google might decide to tease the device instead of making any formal announcement or revealing anything significant other than that it is a 5G-powered phone. An announcement is said to be more likely to happen sometime around spring 2020 but can also get official alongside the Pixel 3a successor launch.
It should be noted that the 5G device is said to be getting tested in China but once the mass production starts, it is expected to happen outside China, most likely Vietnam, to get cheaper labor and avoid U.S.-China conflict.
It further corroborates what we know already that two Pixel 4 models will be announced at next week's event. Both these smartphones will be 4G LTE-powered offerings. The phones are said to be in mass production and Google is reportedly aiming to ship 10 million units this time around. This is more than double the target Google set last year but is part of the company's plans to increase its smartphone market share which currently sits at less than 0.5%.
Google is also reported to announce a new notebook and a smartwatch at the Pixel 4 launch event. The possibility of a Pixel smartwatch launch seems to be the least possible event for next week but as we usually say, do take all these leaks including the Pixel 5G announcement with a pinch of salt.