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This week, amid the announcement of a new Pixel phone, Google discreetly announced the discontinuation of two previous Pixel devices: the Pixel 4A 5G and the Pixel 5. Both are presently listed as sold out on Google’s web shop, and leftover supply at other stores is unlikely to last long. A representative for the firm issued the following statement:
“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). These products will continue to be available through some partners while supplies last.”
Given that the 5A 5G appears to be a pretty straight replacement, it’s not unexpected that the 4A 5G has been cancelled. However, it is uncommon to see the Pixel 5 cancelled thus far ahead of the Pixel 6’s release this autumn.
Perhaps this is due to the Pixel 5’s resemblance to the budget-friendly A-series phones rather than the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Google looks to be going all out with the 6-series, portraying them as real flagship challengers to Apple and Samsung’s heavyweights. While the Pixel 5 has features such as wireless charging and IP68 waterproofing that were not available in the A-series, it was not designed to compete with the iPhone 12 Pros and Galaxy S21s of the globe.
Or maybe this is simply how Google operates these days – it ceased selling the Pixel 4 and 4 XL less than a year after they were released. But, on the positive side, the LTE-only Pixel 4A is still on the market, and it’s a deal at $349. You’ll simply have to enjoy baby blue… uh, hardly blue, because the “just black” variant is out of stock.