Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a – PUSHED BACK
So the Google Pixel 5 was in the news fora couple of reasons. First due to reports that it will ditch thepremium Snapdragon 865 soc in favor of a Snapdragon 765 which is upper midrange processor.
Google is doing this to keep the costs downsince the Snapdragon 865 is forcing Android smartphone makers to push the prices thisyear. Also we learned that Google is ditching thesoli radar chip on the Pixel 5 because I guess it was holding Google back from doing manythings such as a modern edge to edge design and also prevented them from selling the handsetin many of the big key markets.
And now the Pixel 5 is in the news again andnot for a very good reason. You see usually Google launches their flagshippixel lineup in October every year but that may not be the case this year. Jon Prosser a good friend and also a reputedleaker tweeted that the Pixel 5 may actually be delayed. He didn’t mention by how much but he alsotweeted that another Pixel phone the Pixel 4a has also been delayed and now will be announcedon 13th July and will go on sale from August.
For comparison Google launched the Pixel 3ain May last year. The reason for the delay is not because ofthe supply chain issues but rather due to the market conditions as Jon explains whichmakes sense as the majority of western countries are still locked down.
Even though the countries have been easingthe lockdown a bit but still to many people their finances are still uncertain and theyare less likely to spend money on mobile devices which have been proven by the sluggish salesof the Galaxy S20 series and every other new phone that has been launched this year.
But Google also need to understand that thereare people who want a new device right now and certainly there are people who have beenwaiting for the Pixel 4a especially after the Pixel 3a became a very good value formoney device last year and the delay could make them look for another device from anothercompany.
In my opinion, delaying the Pixel 5 makessense a bit but not the Pixel 4a since it’s rumored to cost just $299 for the 64GB variant. If people wanted an upgrade I don’t thinkthey would think much about spending this amount of money on a phone even during thispandemic that’s going on right now.
Anyway, we have more evidence from Googleitself about the prices of the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5. The details come from a recent survey thatGoogle conducted. The survey suggests that the Pixel 4A couldcost $349 which is in line with the leaked price for the 128GB variant and then laterlaunching premium pixel aka the Pixel 5 could cost $699. At 699 the Pixel 5 will undercut most 2020Android flagship phones by a few hundred dollars.
While the Snapdragon 765 chipset may disappointa few buyers, the Pixel 5 could still be able to attract a lot of them with a $699 pricetag and best-in-class camera performance. Anyway, let me know what do you think? At $699 do you think the Pixel 5 has a betterchance of competing against the best in class Android flagships? Let me know down in the comments and as alwaysI’ll see you tomorrow…Peace out!