Google has come out in response to rumors about its upcoming Pixel 5a being canceled. The company has stated that it will be launching the Pixel 5a 5G later this year. The phone will be available in the US and Japan around the same time that the Pixel 4a launched, which should be in Q3.
The rumor was started earlier today by a YouTuber, stating that the Pixel 5a has been canceled due to chip shortages. This was later backed by Android Central citing two sources.
Turns out, none of that is true. Of course, the rumor mentioned the Pixel 5a 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 is Google’s statement, particularly the part where they only mention the US and Japan as the two markets where they will be launching the Pixel 5a 5G. Last year’s Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G already had a fairly short list of regions where they were available but with the Pixel 5a 5G 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.