Pixel 5a will have a limited release due to global chip shortage. In a note, Google denies recent rumors that the intermediate smartphone has been canceled.
“The Pixel 5a 5G has not been canceled. It will be available in the United States and Japan later this year. It will also be announced based on the date last year’s Series A phone was launched, ” the company’s spokesperson revealed.
Google acknowledged that global supply chain issues were limiting the availability of the new device. On the other hand, the company first announced that the device will come with 5G connectivity.
Following the brand information, the Pixel 4a was announced in August 2020 and went on sale immediately. However, the successor can still be officially revealed during the I / 0 2021 event that will take place in May.
Despite limited initial availability, Google may change the Pixel 5a in more countries. For example, the Baby Blue edition of Pixel 4a launched in November 2020 – three months after the Just Black version debuted.
The problem of chip shortages
The semiconductor crisis is affecting several technology companies. For example, Apple had to postpone the production of iPads and MacBooks, while Samsung is already seeing problems in the supply chain in the coming months.
In the video game world, Sony is struggling to deliver the production of the PlayStation 5 due to the lack of components for the console. On the other hand, rival Microsoft is facing the same setbacks to produce the Xbox Series X.
The chip shortage also extends to the automotive industry. Automakers such as Ford and General Motors were forced to cut production of various models because they did not have enough parts.