Google has confirmed that the Pixel 5a 5G exists and will be released later this year.

Despite this morning's speculation, Google has only released an official statement confirming that the "Pixel 5a 5G" exists and will not be scrapped.

“Pixel 5a 5G will not be discontinued. It will be available later this year in the United States and Japan and will be launched at the same time as last year's a-series phone.” – a Google representative

While Google admitted that global supply chain problems restricted broader distribution, the next mid-range Pixel would be available. Aside from the name, we now know that it will have 5G connectivity, but it's uncertain if this only refers to Sub-6 in the US or if it will even allow mmWave.

The Pixel 4a was released in August 2020 and went on sale almost immediately. According to Google, its replacement could be released in a comparable time span. This effectively eliminates the possibility of an unveiling at Google I/O 2021 next month.

It's likely that Google will release the Pixel 5a 5G in more countries in the future. The Barely Blue Pixel 4a, for example, was unveiled in November, three months after the $349 phone was released in Only Black. After an initial November update, an activated Clearly White Pixel 4a 5G became available in late January.

In February, renders for the "Pixel 5a" surfaced, revealing a style that is almost similar to the Pixel 4a 5G. It's claimed to be a smidgeon taller and heavier, but just a smidgeon narrower. Other than that, there's a ridged control lever, a hole-punch sensor in the top-left corner, a rear dual-lens array, and a 6.2-inch touchscreen with a thicker bottom bezel. The Pixel 5a 5G is expected to keep the same main cameras and a Qualcomm CPU, with Whitechapel being reserved for this year's flagship. A cheap Pixel with a big screen and the new cellular technology, although comparable to the 4a 5G, should be common.

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