Compared to previous generations, the launch of Google’s phone line in 2020 was much more staggered given world events. Pixel 5 and 4a 5G shares in the US Google Store are now swinging in a sign that the offer may be limited or nearing the end.
Update 7/9: As of Friday, the “Google Fi” and “Unlocked” Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G models are sold out in the US Google Store. Only the Verizon variants are left, but it was also short OOS last weekend.
Updating the configuration page occasionally shows them as available, but many potential buyers experience that shipping is delayed by several weeks, currently through August. It is still unclear whether the telephones are being phased out, or whether there are supply constraints.
Update 7/2: The situation continues as two weeks later are the only Pixel 5 models available in the US Google Store, Just Black variants for Verizon and Google Fi. This comes when the latter operator lists the phone as “sold out” in both colors.
Meanwhile, the Pixel 4a 5G for Google Fi and unlocked is also gone. The only remaining model is the mmWave Verizon variant. Accessories are correspondingly reduced.
It is still unclear whether this is permanent or whether the stock will return. In any case, the fluctuations make it difficult for people to add to the shopping cart, and if they succeed, the delivery time is quite delayed.
Original 6/17: As of Thursday night, the unlocked and Google Fi Pixel 5 is listed as “sold out.” You can only purchase the Verizon model from the state-of-the-art Google Store. Pixel 4a 5G sees the same status.
That said, the stock has a short return during this evening only to disappear again after a short while. (If you are trying to purchase a phone, you will need to keep updating the configuration page and you may be able to add it to your shopping cart.) This fluctuation is similar to the price when the Google Store is low on inventory. Supply is normal in international Google Stores.
The main product pages still say “Buy” at the top right. It is not clear if the phones are no longer in production, or if there is currently no stock, but more are on the way. In the first scenario, Google will eventually gray out the button and switch to “Out of Stock” status. We have contacted the company for comment.
It would be very unusual if the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G were discontinued so early, thus leaving the Pixel 4a as Google’s only phone. There does not appear to be any commodity fluctuations for Google’s popular $ 349 mid-ranger.
Then again, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL were sold out (August 5, 2020) long before last year’s successors were ready.
COVID-19 is probably behind the limited availability as production and supply chains continue to be affected. For example, Google’s next midrange sees a more limited rollout as a result. According to Google, the Pixel 5a 5G will launch around the same time as the Pixel 4a, which debuted in August 2020.
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