Google Pixel 4a reportedly delayed until October, Barely Blue to be scrapped

Google’s Pixel 3a and 3a XL launched last year on May 7. We have now been eagerly awaiting the Pixel 4a to arrive in 2010, with rumors initially suggesting that Google was going to announce it all through Google I/O. That event was cancelled due to the pandemic, and the device kept getting further delayed. Photos of the phone’s retail packaging leaked back early-April and we’re already more than 8 weeks since then.

The latest report arises from Jon Prosser via Twitter. According to the tipster, the Google Pixel 4a has been again delayed after the phone was expected to be announced some time in July, and released in August. Prosser reports there will still be a launch event occurring on July 13, but his source shows that a Black variant won’t launch until October 22. At the same time, a brand new Barely Blue color option is being eradicated altogether.

That release date in October appears like the Pixel 4a could launch across the same time as the Pixel 5 is announced. Prosser has previously reported that Google has Pixel 4a devices ready to go, but delays have been turning up due to “market conditions”. Surely, COVID-19 has affected many industries and people’s willingness to spend. Perhaps Google wants to wait until individuals are ready to buy a new midrange phone.

We can speculate that Google might even rebrand the Pixel 4a as a “Pixel 5a”. Why would Google eliminate a Barely Blue option? Why is Google sitting on completed Pixel 4a units? Could it be that Google would prefer to launch the Pixel 4a closer to the holiday season? At this time, there are more questions than answers. Prosser has had accuracy in other Samsung and Apple rumors, but the uncertainty of industry makes it more challenging to predict Google’s moves.

Leaked Pixel 4a render
Leaked Pixel 4a render

The Pixel 4a is expected to arrive with 64GB of internal storage and owning a Snapdragon 730 CPU and 6GB of RAM. It’s got a 5.81-inch OLED screen with FHD+ resolution and a 12.2MP main camera by having an 8MP selfie camera in the punch-hole cutout. There’s also a 3,080 mAh battery, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the 4a will no longer range from the Active Edge feature.

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