In case you were wondering what was going to happen to the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G, wonder no more! In a statement provided to Digital Trends, Google has confirmed that it is discontinuing both devices in favor of the Pixel 5a.
Here’s the statement provided:
“With our current forecasts, we expect Google Store in the U.S. to sell out of Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 in the coming weeks following the launch of Pixel 5a (5G). The Pixel 5a (5G) is a great option for customers and delivers valuable hardware upgrades compared to the Pixel 4a (5G), all at a lower price point.”
Earlier this week, the Pixel 5a was introduced and with it, Google packed the largest battery that has ever been built into a Pixel device. Essentially, Google merged the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G together to create the Pixel 5a as it uses the same Snapdragon 765G as both handsets while using the same camera hardware as the Pixel 5.
Considering the $449 price tag, this is a pretty good deal already. However, those who are looking for an even cheaper phone with a stock Android experience can opt for the Pixel 4a. There were concerns that the Pixel 5a would be replacing all three of Google’s current devices, after seeing stocking levels continue to dwindle and disappear.
Of course, Google didn’t provide a succinct reason as to why it’s getting rid of both of these devices. But we can assume it might have something to do with the ongoing global chip shortage. Or it could just be because Google doesn’t want to have that many SKU’s in its lineup ahead of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro launch slated for later this year. Who knows, but once your favorite retailer runs out of stock on the Pixel 4a 5G or Pixel 5, you can thank the Pixel 5a.