Why the Google Pixel 5 XL doesn’t exist but really should Pixel 5

The Google Pixel 5 has been unveiled, and it looks like a decidedly affordable flagship, boasting respectable specs at a cheaper price than rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S20 line and the iPhone 11 Pro phones. But there’s one thing Google’s new phone doesn’t have – a larger XL version – and that’s going to bum out some consumers.

Flagship phone lines have included larger XL/Plus/Max versions for years, ostensibly to please consumers who absolutely need more screen real estate and were willing to pay a bit more (usually $100 / £100 / AU$150). But once the Google Pixel 4a arrived in August without a bigger model, we wondered whether the Pixel 5 would get one, especially after rumors surfaced that both the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL cannibalized sales of each other.