Google has already discontinued the Pixel 5

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    Amidst the news of a new Pixel phone this week, Google has been tacitly advising that this is the end of the road for two other Pixel devices: the Pixel 4A 5G and the Pixel 5. Both are currently on the Google online store Listed as sold out and remaining on stock at other retailers is unlikely to last long. A company spokesman said:

    Based on our current projections, we expect the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 to be sold out in the Google Store in the US in the coming weeks after the launch of the Pixel 5a (5G). These products will continue to be available through some partners while stocks last.

    It’s not surprising that the 4A 5G is being retired as the 5A 5G appears to be a pretty immediate successor. It’s a little unusual, however, that the Pixel 5 was discontinued long before the Pixel 6 arrived this fall.

    Perhaps that’s because the Pixel 5 is more like the budget-conscious A-series phones than the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Google seems to be pulling out all the stops for the 6 Series and positioning them as true flagship competitors to Apple and Samsung. While the Pixel 5 has step-up features like wireless charging and rugged IP68 sealing that aren’t available in the A-Series, it wasn’t entirely designed to compete with the world’s iPhone 12 Pros and Galaxy S21s.

    Or maybe Google is just doing it now – it stopped selling the Pixel 4 and 4 XL less than a year after they launched. But on the plus side, the only LTE Pixel 4A is still on sale for now, and it’s a steal for its $ 349 price point. You just have to like baby blue … uh, hardly any blue, because the “only black” model is sold out.

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