Google suspends sales of Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G ahead of Pixel 6 launch

Google quietly ditched the previous generation Pixel devices. With the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro to be announced in the coming weeks, the manufacturer is cleaning up and making room for new devices.

Google has confirmed that the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G have been discontinued, so they are no longer offered for sale in the United States. The Google Pixel 5a was announced earlier this week and will replace both smartphones in the company’s current line of devices, at least in the United States and Japan, since the Pixel 5a has not been announced in France.

The Google Pixel 5a 5G is cheaper and almost identical to the Google Pixel 4a 5G in terms of features and even price.So it’s no wonder that Google is dropping its old models, especially since the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will be arriving this fall. In France, the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 are still available on the Google store, but it might not last long.

Google will bet everything on its Pixel 6

With its Pixel 6, Google intends to make a strong comeback in the high-end smartphone segment. Indeed, the American giant has already released the first information about its smartphone, and has in passing confirmed its new design and the arrival of a house chip called Tensor.

The Tensor chip should deliver performance located between the SoC of the Galaxy S21, the Exynos 2100, and that of the future Galaxy S22. Unlike a Qualcomm chip, this chipset was designed to optimize the rendering of photos by relying on artificial intelligence. The SoC also offers better security to phones.

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It is also known that the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will both use a new 50-megapixel photo sensor developed by Samsung. It will therefore be a major upgrade compared to the old Sony IMX363 that Google had been using for several years now in its smartphones. Finally, the Pixel 6 is expected to offer 33W fast charging, against 18 W on the current generation. However, Google will unfortunately take advantage of the arrival of this new series to remove the charger included in the boxes of its phones, as is already the case with Apple and Samsung.

Source: The Verge

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