The elusive Google Pixel 4a is yet to go official. While the phone has been bagging essential certifications, its launch date is still kept under wraps. 9to5Google that has been tracking the upcoming Pixel phones has revealed that Google may launch a 5G version of the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 handsets later this year.
According to the publication, Redfin and Bramble are the names of the upcoming Google Pixel phones. These phones were previously believed to be the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL smartphones. However, Dylan Roussel from the publication scoured through the beta version of the Google Search app to find some interesting details of the aforementioned codenames. Also, he was able to find the codenames of the phones of the entire Pixel lineup for 2020.
The Bramble phone is listed as Pixel 4a (5G) and the Redfin phone is Pixel 5. It is already known that the Pixel 4a is codenamed as Sunfish. So, it is now known that the company is unlikely to launch a phone called Pixel 5 XL this year. As previous leaks have revealed, the Pixel 5 won’t be a flagship device.
Rumors have it that the Pixel 5 is powered by the Snapdragon 765 SoC and it also supports 5G connectivity. Hence, Pixel 4a 5G may feature a different chipset. It could be featuring a new 5G-ready SoC from Qualcomm. Recently, the U.S. based chipset maker had launched the Snapdragon 690 SoC. Hence, it remains to be seen whether the Pixel 4a 5G will arrive with SD690 or another chipset. As far as Pixel 4a is concerned, its powered by Snapdragon 730.
Since 2017, Google has been launching two versions of its flagship phones. However, this year likely to see a change in strategy. It appears that this year’s lineup will include Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), and Pixel 5.