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A new leak may supply more evidence of 5G for the Pixel 4a

An up-to-date Pixel 4a render. (Source: OnLeaks/91Mobiles)
An up-to-date Pixel 4a render. (Source: OnLeaks/91Mobiles)
Recently, a leak indicating that Google would release a 5G version of the long-anticipated mid-range Pixel 4a phone came to light. Now, XDA contributors claim to have found references to a device from this OEM with the same connectivity in a mobile virtual network operator's (MVNO) records. Should this be the case, it seems the 4a (5G) is coming to the US, at least.

It had been rumored that Google might launch the extensively-discussed Pixel 4a today (July 21, 2020), which would admittedly have been a neat way of stealing OnePlus' thunder. However, this now exhibits dwindling chances of panning out: it remains absent from the Mountain View's store, nearly eliminating the possibility that it might be a sneaky silent debut, as with the OEM's latest TWS earbuds. Oh well.

New Pixel 4a leaks are still in supply, at least. The latest concerns a putative 5G-capable version of this phone, which originally came to light in a 9to5Google report. Now, a different blog claims to have found a novel model number on the MVNO Boom Mobile's "List of 5G Compatible Phones".

It is G025E, which is particularly interesting as the numbers G025J, G025N and G025M are those found in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) approval for the Pixel 4a. These last 3 could refer to different storage or RAM configuations. 

Similarly, Boom Mobile apparently lists the G025E twice, thus possibly hinting at 2 SKUs for the "Pixel 4a (5G)". On the other hand, nothing concrete is known about this potential new Google mid-ranger. However, it probably runs on the Snapdragon 765G processor that powers what may prove a significant rival in some markets: the OnePlus Nord.

This phone, which launched via an AR app as scheduled, may make Google's Pixel team's lives particularly hard in terms of the price-point the 4a might target. The Nord now officially starts at €399 (~US$460); therefore, should subsequent competitors be introduced for more, they may fall flat once they are in the market.

The mystery Google device on Boom Mobile's alleged list. (Source: XDA)
The mystery Google device on Boom Mobile's alleged list. (Source: XDA)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-07-21 (Update: 2020-07-21)