In the midst of the announcement of a new Pixel phone this week, Google quietly announced that two earlier Pixel devices, the Pixel 4A 5G and the Pixel 5, are no longer available. Both are currently sold out on Google’s webshop, and any remaining stock at other stores will likely sell out quickly. The following is a statement from a business spokesperson:
According to our current projections, Google Store in the United States will sell out of Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 in the weeks following the debut of Pixel 5a (5G). Some partners will continue to provide these products as long as supplies remain.
Given that the 5A 5G appears to be a pretty direct successor, it’s not unexpected that the 4A 5G has been canceled. However, it’s unusual to see the Pixel 5 go out of production so soon before the Pixel 6 arrives this fall.
Perhaps this is due to the Pixel 5’s resemblance to the budget-friendly A-series phones rather than the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Google appears to be going all out for the 6-series, pitching them as true flagship rivals to Apple and Samsung’s big guns. While the Pixel 5 includes capabilities such as wireless charging and IP68 waterproofing that aren’t accessible on the A-series phones, it isn’t yet equipped to compete with the iPhone 12 Pros and Galaxy S21s of the world.