04 May 2021
A few hours back, a tipster @jon_prosser tipped via Twitter that Google had canceled the Pixel 5a entirely. The tipster actively shares details on some upcoming stuff and holds an overall pretty good track record in it. But this time, the news seems to be only partially true.
Soon after this tip and “exaggerations” around it, Google came up to confirm Pixel 5a exists and it is launching in the US and Japan during the same time period when last year’s a-series phone was introduced. For comparison, the Pixel 4a was launched in August and immediately went on sale. So, as per Google spokesperson's statement, expect to see its successor during the same timeframe.
In its short and crisp statement, Google managed to give as much information as it can. It not only confirms the phone’s existence, its name, 5G connectivity, its availability, and also when it’s going to launch.
Furthermore, according to 9to5Google tech publication, Google has reportedly acknowledged that the global supply chain is affected, which means the Pixel 5a will see limited availability. So, Jon Prosser’s source wasn't entirely wrong. But we can’t ignore the fact that the tip questioned Pixel 5a’s existence.
Also, it is tipped that Pixel 5a 5G might have been nixed for countries other than the US and Japan. But it is possible to see Google launching the phone later in the year for other regions.
A report came last month stated that Google might increase Pixel 5a stock allotment size for India, making it available in maximum stock. But now, seeing the new tip, it seems unlikely that the phone will launch in India.
It should be noted that Google is going through supply chain issues currently, it is very possible that Google manages to combat this issue in the near future, thus doubling the inventory size of the Pixel 5a to reach out to more markets.
We are quite too far from the said launch of the Pixel 5a, so, we shouldn’t take these tips so bullishly for now.