The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will only be available in nine markets; October 8 release date and US$499 starting price revealed
Google may have delayed the release of the Pixel 4a from its original launch date of May 12, but it will not repeat the same tactic for the Pixel 5. Google announced the Pixel 4 series on October 15 last year, and Google France has let slip that its replacement will arrive a week before that anniversary. In a now amended blog post, Google France posted the following sentence:
Les Pixel 4a (5G) et Pixel 5 seront disponibles en précommande à partir du 8 octobre 2020¹.
The sentence is still available to view via Google web cache, but it has been removed from the live blog post. The sentence roughly translates as "the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8 2020". If the releases of past Pixel smartphones is anything to go by, then the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) will start shipping either in mid-October or towards the end of the same month.
According to the Google Store, the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will only be available to purchase in the following countries:
- United States
- United Kingdom
Oddly, Google is not planning to sell the Pixel 4a (5G) or Pixel 5 in markets where it sells the Pixel 4a, Pixel 3a and Pixel 4 series. Spain is one such market that will miss out on the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5, for example.
Google has also teased that the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will start at US$499 in the US, £499 in the UK and €499 in the Eurozone. Presumably, this price reflects the starting price of the Pixel 4a (5G) and not the Pixel 5, seeing as the Pixel 4 starts at US$799. In fact, US$499 would make the Pixel 4a (5G) US$20 more expensive than the Pixel 3a XL, which ties nicely with the belief that the former is essentially an XL version of the Pixel 4a.