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Technology Google has low expectations for Pixel 5 phone sales this year, report says

23:10  01 october  2020
23:10  01 october  2020 Source:   cnet.com

Pixel 5: Coming this fall with 5G

  Pixel 5: Coming this fall with 5G Joining the newly announced Pixel 4A and 4A 5G, Google confirms its next flagship phone is on its way.Google is teasing 5G for its Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G.

The Pixel 5 will launch soon. Captura de pantalla por Juan Garzon / CNET © Provided by CNET The Pixel 5 will launch soon. Captura de pantalla por Juan Garzon / CNET

Google is reportedly planning to produce only 800,000 Pixel 5 phones this year, as it has lower expectations on sales due to the coronavirus pandemic and slow sales last year. Google sold 7.2 million Pixel phones last year, according to IDC. But it's planning to produce just 3 million units this year in total across the Pixel 5, Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 4A, Nikkei Asia reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.

The $349 Pixel 4a shines with a sharp display, smooth performance and an impressive camera

  The $349 Pixel 4a shines with a sharp display, smooth performance and an impressive camera All the major tech companies seem to have a renewed interest in affordable phones. In April, Apple delivered the $399 iPhone SE, a value-packed model on par with the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. Samsung continued the trend with its Galaxy A family. Motorola has several new G devices. And TCL, the brand most known for TVs, entered the smartphone market with the 10L and 10 Pro. © Jacob Krol/CNN © Jacob Krol/CNN Now it's Google's turn, as the company unveils its newest, very affordable Pixel. The Pixel 4a, which undercuts the iPhone SE by $50 with one model that costs $349, comes packed with a 5.

  Google has low expectations for Pixel 5 phone sales this year, report says © Captura de pantalla por Juan Garzon / CNET

Google's production of phones has been delayed due to COVID-19, the report said, while its plans to produce phones in Vietnam as well as China have also been put on hold.

"Google gave a relatively conservative order forecast this year because its flagship Pixel 4 did not sell well last year, and because COVID-19 is causing their team to stay on the safe side concerning handsets for now," a Google source reportedly told Nikkei.

Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

During the Launch Night In event Wednesday, Google unveiled the Pixel 5, the Pixel 4A 5G, a new Chromecast, a new Nest-branded smart speaker, the Nest Audio and even a phone feature called Hold for Me, which allows Google Assistant to handle calls where you're put on hold for lengthy periods.

The Pixel 4a Is Perfect Smartphone Simplicity

  The Pixel 4a Is Perfect Smartphone Simplicity As smartphones continue to get more sophisticated and more expensive, there’s a question that becomes increasingly relevant: How much phone do you actually need? Features like a built-in stylus, a foldable screen, and wireless charging are certainly nice to have, especially when they’re built into the same device you use to text, shop, watch videos, or pay your bills. Those features are also luxuries. But on the Pixel 4a, it feels like Google is trying to make a statement about what should be considered essential smartphone tech. You get a single flat screen, a camera in the front, a camera in the back, a fingerprint reader, and a headphone jack for $350.

You can preorder the Pixel 5 for $699 online now. It ships later in October. The Pixel 4A 5G costs $499.

Pixel 5 review: Great camera, but underwhelming against the competition .
Google lowered its launch price, but the Pixel 5 hasn't pulled ahead of its more compelling rivals.These goodies include a 90Hz display, 2GB more RAM, a bigger battery and a water-resistant, aluminum body. It also has wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. (For more on the differences, check out CNET's video, Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G spec comparison.

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