Compared to previous generations, the rollout of Google’s 2020 phone lineup was much more staggered given world events. Pixel 5 and 4a 5G storage in the US Google Store is now fluctuating as a sign that supply may be limited or nearing completion.
Update 7/9: As of Friday, the “Google Fi” and “unlocked” Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G models are not in stock in the US Google Store. Only the Verizon variants are left, although it was also briefly OOS last weekend.
Updating the configuration page occasionally shows them as available, but many potential buyers find that shipping is delayed by several weeks, currently in August. It remains unclear whether the phones should be disconnected or whether there are supply restrictions.
Update 7/2: The situation continues as two weeks later, the only Pixel 5 models available in the US Google Store are the Just Black variants for Verizon and Google Fi. This comes as the latter carrier lists the phone as “sold out” in both colors.
Meanwhile, Pixel 4a 5G for Google Fi and unlocked is also gone. The only model left is the mmWave Verizon variant. Accessories are also reduced.
It remains unclear whether this is permanent or whether the stock will return. Whatever the fluctuations make it difficult for people to add to the shopping cart, and if they succeed, delivery times are 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’s Google Store. Pixel 4a 5G sees the same status.
That said, the stock has briefly returned during this evening to only disappear again after a short time. (If you’re trying to buy a phone, keep updating the configuration page and you may be able to add it to your shopping cart.) This fluctuation is equal to the price when the Google Store is low on inventory. Delivery is normal in international Google Stores.
The main product pages still say “Buy” in the upper right corner. It is not clear if phones are no longer in production or if there is currently no inventory, but more is on the way. In the first scenario, Google finally cries the button and switches to “Out of Stock” status. We have reached out to the company for comment.
It would be very unusual if the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G were discontinued so early, leaving the Pixel 4a as Google’s only phone. There does not appear to be any inventory fluctuations for Google’s popular $ 349 mid-ranger.
Then the Pixel 4 and 4 XL went out of stock (August 5, 2020) long before last year’s successors were ready.
COVID-19 is likely to be behind the limited availability as manufacturing 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 launches roughly the same time as the Pixel 4a, which debuted in August 2020.
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