Prosser adds that the Pixel 4a and 4a 5G phones will continue to be available throughout 2021, though it’s a shame a new model in Google’s budget lineup is now not likely to launch for a while. New flagship Pixel phones are normally announced and launched near the end of each year, so we might not see a Pixel 5a or a Pixel 6a until 2022.
Prosser didn’t share any information on his sources for this leak, so you should take this information with a pinch of salt until we hear anything more firm directly from Google.
The chip shortages have also been bad news for all of tech and are partly responsible for low stock of PS5s, Xbox Series Xs and PC GPUs. The shortages have happened mostly due to slowed production and import/export delays brought about by Covid-19 restrictions, with analysts predicting that their effects could be felt into 2022.
Is the Pixel A series dead?
For now it only looks like a cancellation for this year, Google has likely just made the decision to focus whatever stock of chipsets it has into its expected flagship Pixel 6 device. However, could this be the end for budget Pixel phones altogether?
While it’s probably a little too early to say for certain, it isn’t out of the question. We don’t know exactly how well the Pixel phones are selling, but LG has already taken 2021 to pull the plug on its phone hardware business. Perhaps Google is following LG’s example and trying to streamline its offerings?
Though it might not be all bad, the Pixel 5 was already a mid-budget phone so if the Pixel 6 follows suit then we might still see something that can suit the needs of users with a lower budget. We’ll have to wait and see what happens next, but 2021 could have already taken its next phone victim.