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Google Pixel 5a 5G will get limited US and Japan release later this year, canceled in other regions

Google Pixel 5a Leak
Google Pixel 5a Leak (Image credit: Steve Hemmerstoffer / Voice)

What you need to know

  • The rumored Google Pixel 5a 5G will see a limited release.
  • Apparently, the global chip shortage has affected its production.
  • We're told that Google will continue to focus on the Pixel 4a 5G in most markets.

Production of the Google Pixel 5a is reportedly being affected by the global chip shortage. The upcoming mid-range smartphone, which was expected to be launched at this year's Google I/O developer conference alongside the rumored Pixel Buds A, will be released later this year to align with when "last year's a-series phone was introduced," according to Google. In the statement, Google also confirmed the phone's full name, the Pixel 5a 5G.

Earlier, Android Central corroborated a leak by Jon Prosser about the phone's possible cancelation, which turned out to be incorrect. According to two sources familiar with the matter, Android Central came to believe that the Google Pixel 5a was canceled in its entirety. After publication, Google confirmed to 9to5Google, and then later to Android Central, that the phone was not canceled, but will be limited to the U.S. and Japanese market, with one or two other markets potentially seeing a release later on. Here is the full Google statement:

Pixel 5a 5G is not cancelled. It will be available later this year in the U.S. and Japan and announced in line with when last year's a-series phone was introduced.

Android Central regrets the error, but stands by its original reporting that the Pixel 5a 5G is canceled in the majority of the countries in which it was originally intended to be released. The Pixel 4a 5G, which bears major similarities to the Pixel 5a 5G including the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip that's in such short supply right now, was released in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States, according to Google's device availability page. A reduction to just two countries, even if they make up a significant portion of the Pixel line's sales, is a strategy change that Google did not undertake lightly.

The global chip shortage has been causing problems for smartphone manufacturers beyond Google, too, with reports that it has been affecting Samsung's smartphone production as well. Not to mention how it's affecting the production of the PS5.

The Google Pixel 5a 5G is set to be one of this year's best cheap Android phones. However, sources tell Android Central that Google's engineers will continue to focus on the Google Pixel 4a 5G for software testing, and it will likely be the focus of much of Google's global mid-range smartphone sales, where it will continue to be sold in markets that won't stock the Pixel 5a 5G.

This no doubt throws Google's hardware plans for a loop. Since the company is reportedly working on its own in-house chip for the Google Pixel 6, the company likely wants to put more of its resources there.

Derrek Lee
News Editor

Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.

10 Comments
  • Well, if they're going to cancel the the phone that would have sold the most for them, might as well cancel the phones that won't sell much at all, the Pixel 6 & 6 XL.
  • It's not cancelled. 9to5google has comment from Google confirming that it will arrive this year.
  • It's not cancelled and will be out later this year according to a statement by Google.
  • Maybe get your fact straight before posting articles. I'd stop using your "source"
  • They already updated the article
  • Not sure what the purpose of this is if it is going to have the same chip (and very similar specs) to the 4a 5G.
  • ... because that's how you sell units.
  • Wake up folks... Just because any manufacturer releases a new annual phone, it does not mean there is a significant reason to upgrade. Lololol, if you grew up in the 70s or 80s, you had the same landline for many years.... Lol... Now mobile manufacturers convince fools to spend thousands constantly upgrading their device. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
  • So they expect me to buy an inferior Pixel 5 or 5a 5G over the Superior Pixel 4a 5G? 5 and 5a 6.0" screen and crappy speakers. 4a 5G 6.2" screen and quality sounding speakers minus wireless charging which I don't use. Where's the upside for me to upgrade from the 4a 5G?
  • "Android Central regrets the error, but stands by its original reporting that the Pixel 5a 5G is canceled....." Fair enough, the phone may not be reaching some countries due to the apprent (we don't know) chip shortage. But you have to admit, this lead many readers to believe the phone was canceled entirely. Which was wrong and just own it. You made a mistake. Obviously the source was incorrect and in the future maybe don't post so quickly on rumours. Glad to see the Pixel 5a 5G will be coming to the USA.