It is unclear which carriers will offer either device in the US, though Verizon has confirmed to CNET that it will be offering all three of Google’s devices including the Pixel 4A 5G and the Pixel 5.
While it is unknown if all versions of the Pixel 4A 5G will support both low-band and midband 5G networks as well as the faster millimeter-wave flavor, Verizon’s model will.
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That the Pixel 5 does not currently have the UW branding suggests that it may support low-band, midband and millimeter-wave 5G on all three major US carriers.
It is similarly unknown why Google is using parentheses to describe the 4A (5G) version, suggesting it will be different specs-wise from the potentially more flagship Pixel 5 and the 4G-only Pixel 4A.
Verizon will call its version the Pixel 4A 5G UW, with the carrier applying the "UW" suffix to variants of 5G phones that are optimized for its 5G networks.
Verizon’s 5G footprint currently relies solely on millimeter-wave in parts of 35 cities (the carrier has previously announced plans to follow T-Mobile and AT&T and launch its own nationwide low-band 5G network this year as well as expand millimeter-wave to 60 cities).
Among the 5G experiences the company teases are streaming videos and downloading content, but also playing games over its Stadia streaming service, suggesting gaming will be a big part of its 5G ambitions (the company also mentions playing games on "other platforms" potentially a reference to Microsoft’s rival xCloud Xbox streaming offering that is due to expand more broadly in September).
In addition to the 4A, Google on Monday teased its next two phones: what the search giant is calling the Pixel 4A (5G) and the Pixel 5.
The Verizon versions support millimeter-wave while AT&T, T-Mobile or international versions of those phones only support low-band and midband 5G.
Given that it will heavily feature 5G, it makes sense to assume that the Pixel 4A 5G will at least run on a newer processor like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G chipset that is found in the LG Velvet.
While not much is known on either device, Google does confirm that both will have support for 5G and will be available "this fall" in the U. S. , Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Australia.
If it does, this would be at least a modest bump from the Snapdragon 730G platform that is in the regular, 4G-only Pixel 4A.
The Pixel 4A is just the beginning of Google’s 2020 Pixel plans.
Google teases a new Pixel 4A 5G that will start at $499 https://t.co/hJznygDWLq— CNET News (@CNETNews) August 3, 2020