Google’s Pixel 5a 5G is expected this year, but many had been speculating about the cancellation of the launch. Soon the internet giant came out to deny the rumors and confirm that indeed they will launch the Pixel 5a in 2021. However, Google shared some not very encouraging news, and that is that the new device will not be available in all markets.
In fact, it will only be available in two countries: the United States and Japan. According to the company, it will be officially announced at the end of September to go on sale at the end of the year. The Pixel 5a has not been the only Google device with low availability, as the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 also went on sale only in a few countries.
The reason: the shortage of processors
There is a reason why Google’s Pixel 5a 5G will not initially be available outside the United States and Japan: the global shortage of processors. If we had been told a few years ago that mobile manufacturers were going to reduce production because of a processor shortage, we wouldn’t have believed it. But the pandemic happened.
As a result of the pandemic and the traveling limitations in 2020, several technology sectors have been affected by the lack of components. The shutdown caused by COVID-19 has meant that factories in Southeast Asia can’t keep up with the demand for processors. And while smartphone components are often prioritized as more cost-effective, the shortage is evident.
What will the design of the Pixel 5a 5G look like?
The Pixel 5a 5G will only come to two markets, but it will still be available. So it’s worth taking a look at what it might look like. As is always the case, some leaks have surfaced that give away some of the possible features of this device.
OnLeaks has created a detailed render based on confidential information and what has been said so far. According to this design, Google’s new “cheap Pixel” could offer a sense of déjà vu, as its design is very similar to the Google Pixel 4a 5G.
The dimensions would also be almost the same, as the new device will apparently measure 156.2 x 73.2 x 8.8 mm. It will have a 6.2-inch OLED and FHD+ display, a dual configuration rear camera (details are unknown) and a fingerprint reader on the back. This device would also incorporate stereo speakers and headphone minijack.
At the end of September we will see in detail what the new Google smartphone will offer and if the supply of components improves throughout the year, it is possible that we could see the smartphone launch in other markets.