Google Pixel 4a may be launched in October, and it may be released with a 5G version and the latest Pixel 5.
The fight within the mid-tier smartphone market is heating up. Smartphone companies have already hit the ceiling price for flagship phones. They can only do so much iteration on their phones, and the price doesn’t justify anymore the benefits that users get. As a result, smartphone companies are turning their attention to the mid-tier market.
Apple struck the iron when it was hot when it released the latest iPhone SE. Samsung, on the other hand, has always been strong in the market. These two juggernauts are being tested by OnePlus with the upcoming OnePlus Nord.
All these moves have buried the potential that Google had with the Pixel. Fortunately, Google is still not giving up its battle for its smartphone business.
Pixel 4a lineup
It would be unusual to hear a mid-tier phone getting two or more models. They usually just come as a single version for a better penetration in the market. Google isn’t subscribing to the same strategy. 9to5Google unearthed via a backend code that the company is planning to launch a Pixel 4a and a Pixel 4a 5G.
Contrary to earlier rumors, the Pixel 4a will not automatically come as 5G ready. Instead, users can choose either from the basic model or the Pixel 4a 5G. In addition, the Pixel 4a will not get the XL version. The rumor about the 5G version is that it will be a slightly bigger phone than the regular model.
The basic Pixel 4a will still sport the mid-tier Snapdragon 765. On the other hand, the Pixel 4a 5G will carry the Snapdragon 765G, which will make the phone 5G capable.
Pixel 5 similar to Pixel 4a 5G?
Along with the Pixel 4a and the Pixel 4a 5G, Google may release its latest Pixel 5. The biggest question around this new phone is whether it will be sold as a premium flagship phone. Google has never subscribed to the idea of going all out on their chipsets. It always boasted its powerful software, which makes up for the lack of power in the processors.
Google is expected to implement the same strategy on Pixel 5. However, it will be interesting to see just how the company will differentiate it from the Pixel 4a 5G.
The Pixel 5 may be the company’s last venture into the smartphone arena. If it continues to post low sales numbers, it may very well be the end of the line for the Pixel lineup.