Google's Clearly White color option is coming to the non-Verizon Pixel 4a 5G
The 5G version of the Pixel 4a launched in just one color: black. Unless, of course, you went with the Verizon-exclusive white option instead. However, Google has now announced it is releasing unlocked SKUs of device in both colors from January 28, 2021.
Google's Pixel 4a launched with a polycarbonate chassis that won it a 2020 Most Durable Phone Award from JerryRigEverything. It debuted in Just Black alone, possibly in an effort by Google to reduce and thus refine its mobile-device offerings for the same year.
However, it might have annoyed some customers who bought it in unlocked 5G form when the OEM turned around and introduced a Clearly White alternative in partnership with Verizon.
This kind of 4a (5G) supports the carrier's mmWave bands, whereas its unlocked counterpart has sub-6GHz only. Google has now addressed this by confirming that they will be available in its only other color, at least.
This also means Pixel fans get a new potential choice of power button: bright green, whereas Just Black is paired with one in a blue shade that contrasts nicely with its black plastic.
Then again, its release date may also aggravate customers, particularly as Google released the new Barely Blue version of the 4a (4G) in time for end-of-2020 holiday deals. The new white unlocked 5G variant, on the other hand, is slated to go for its regular price, which remains at US$499 (correct at time of writing).
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