The Google occasion from earlier is finished and over with, and after studying by all the pieces I can discover, I’ve been attempting my hardest to determine what within the hell Google is doing with this Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G launch. Making sense of the pricing, availability, the provider state of affairs, and community help has not been straightforward. Since that is such a large number, let me do my greatest to clarify.
Pixel 5 launch defined.
Google introduced the Pixel 5 with 128GB of storage and colorways of Sorta Sage and Just Black at a worth of $699. Those are the few constants right here that we are able to report again, as a result of once we begin speaking dates, in addition to when and the place you should purchase one, issues get bizarre.
Ship dates and carriers
On October 15, the Pixel 5 shall be out there in 8 international locations (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, United Kingdom), none of that are the US. The US, even because the system is up for pre-order now, gained’t arrive till October 29.
As of as we speak, you’ll be able to pre-order the system unlocked on the Google Store or by Verizon and Google Fi. AT&T has additionally mentioned they’ll carry the Pixel 5, however not till the “fall.” T-Mobile, no less than thus far, has no plans to promote the Pixel 5.
Pixel 4a 5G launch defined.
The Pixel 4a 5G was introduced in Just Black with 128GB storage and at a beginning worth of $499. During its unveiling, Google additionally confirmed off a white mannequin that Verizon will carry at a worth of $599. Why the $100 worth improve? Probably as a result of it has 5G mmW help.
Ship dates and carriers
The Pixel 4a 5G launch is sort of a thriller, relying on the place you look. For instance, Google is simply exhibiting a waitlist for more information on their very own retailer, however Verizon has already mentioned they’re taking pre-orders for it on October 29 and plan to ship it by November 19. Our guess is that Google will do the identical in these international locations: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States. Google additionally plans to ship the Pixel 4a 5G on October 15 in Japan.
As far as carriers go, we simply instructed you about Verizon, however AT&T and T-Mobile have additionally dedicated to promoting the Pixel 4a 5G. Neither AT&T or T-Mobile would affirm pricing or once they plan to promote it, outdoors of AT&T saying this “fall.” Google Fi solely has it listed as “coming soon.”
Verizon is the one vendor of the Pixel 4a 5G to tease the white model of the telephone and could have an unique on it. Google does point out the white model as an choice on the Google Store, however Google Fi doesn’t.
5G connectivity and completely different fashions
Google, as a result of mmW is a factor that’s unnecessarily pushed within the US, created two fashions of the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, one with and one other with out 5G mmW help. What’s fascinating about that transfer is the truth that the Google Store seems to solely promote the Pixel 5 mannequin with 5G mmW, however they’ll allow you to select between the 2 completely different Pixel 4a 5G variations. In different phrases, the one Pixel 5 mannequin within the US is the one with 5G mmW, whereas you will have decisions with the 4a 5G.
To assist you maintain observe, Google put collectively this useful chart beneath. In the US, we’ll see the Pixel 5 as mannequin quantity GD1YQ and the Pixel 4a 5G as G6QU3 (mmW & sub-6) and G025E/G025I/G025H (sub-6 solely).
Now, relying on which you purchase will change the kind of connectivity you recover from 5G. Thankfully, Google put collectively one other useful chart to assist us there, though there seems to be an error within the mannequin numbers they checklist for the 5G mmW model of the Pixel 4a 5G. That ought to learn G6QU3 for the Pixel 4a 5G on Verizon within the US.
To break that down, Google is saying that when you purchase the Pixel 5 within the US, it should work on 5G mmW and sub-6 wherever supported, simply not with T-Mobile’s tremendous restricted 5G mmW. If you purchase the Pixel 4a 5G, the $499 mannequin will help sub-6 5G all over the place, whereas the $599 Verizon model can even have 5G mmW help.
Hope that helps! 😖