Next week, Google is going to be announcing the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5. And we're still getting some last-minute leaks on these two.
The launch date for the Pixel 5 is going to be October 15, as we had been hearing through rumors and leaks. But the Pixel 4a 5G launch date is going to be much later. We're talking November 19 for the "Just Black" color.
There is a "Clearly White" color of the Pixel 4a 5G, and that is delayed until 2021. And as Jon Prosser notes in his tweet, it'll like get canceled altogether. There was supposed to be a blue Pixel 4a, that was due to come out in October. But that ended up getting canceled too. It's unclear why this has become a thing for Google this year, but it has.
Pixel 4a 5G launching a month later is definitely a head-scratcher
While we have no clue why the Pixel 4a 5G is launching so much later than the Pixel 5, it could be to get people to buy the Pixel 5 instead. But then again, if you are pushing off a phone til mid-November to get people to buy a more expensive phone, why bother making that cheaper phone? It just doesn't make a lot of sense.
November 19 is a really bad date to launch the Pixel 4a 5G as well. Considering Black Friday is eight days later. Which means that either this Pixel 4a 5G will get a massive discount literally a week after launch. Or it won't be discounted and most people won't be buying one this holiday season. Both options are not ideal for Google.
Pixel 5 launch date is as expected
We had expected to see the Pixel 5 launch on October 15. That's a little over two weeks after the announcement on September 30. And that is the normal time-frame for Google to announce a phone and then put it on sale. So no real surprises there.
Thankfully, with the Pixel 5, both the Just Black and Subtle Sage colors will be available for pre-order on September 30.
Prosser did not mention pricing here, but we are expecting to see it cost $699, as we've seen from other leakers. The Pixel 4a 5G is likely going to be around $549. Both of these phones will share the same DNA, and be capable of supporting 5G networks.
Google will give us all of the details on these two new phones, as well as the new Chromecast and Nest Audio on September 30. Just a few days away.