Google has now officially acknowledged the new Pixel phone, the Pixel 5A 5G. Pixel announcement was followed by its traditional style of announcements: by simply reacting to a rumour. This time is a little less fun than usual, though, because the rumour in question is that the phone had been cancelled entirely. In response, a Google spokesperson sent along with the following statement:
Google Pixel 5A is in the pipeline
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.
The rumour was refuted later by a Google spokesperson speaking to 9to5Google. Of course, the rumour mentioned the Pixel 5 successor while Google specifically named the Pixel 5a 5G, but we never had any confirmation regarding there being two separate 5G and non-5G devices to begin with.
What’s interesting about Google’s statement is the part where they mention the US and Japan as the only two markets for the launch. Last year’s Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G already had a fairly short list of regions where they were available but the Pixel successor just being dropped down to two countries does suggest some limitations that Google didn’t elaborate on.
As for the Pixel 6, we haven’t heard anything official from Google but it’s possible it would be launched around the same time as the Pixel 5a 5G.