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It’s no secret that Google’s 2020 smartphone lineup has been heavily affected by the Kovid-19 epidemic – the Pixel 4a was originally scheduled to be launched at Google I / O in May, but that program was canceled and released. Pushed back until August. This latest Pixel leak reflects an engineering sample of a phone that calls the firmware Pixel 5S, but before you get excited about the possibility of a new Pixel that we didn’t know about before, chances are. That it is just Pixel 5.
Google has already told us that its next two phones will be Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, and these leaks will look like much later, which we know about it. Possible reason for the name Pixel 5s was found in the ‘About Phone’ section of the settings Alex Dobby of Android Central on Twitter. According to him, the device name ‘Bramble’ (4a 5G) was originally believed to be Pixel 5, while ‘Redfin’ (Pixel 5) was intended to be Pixel 5s, but delays and other factors could cause a change in the lineup. And marketing divergence. Since these images are of an early engineering sample, it is likely running older firmware that shows the name of the earlier device.
– Jose Antonio Ponton (@jonpon) September 9, 2020
All the confusion seems to have cleared up, though perhaps not. Mishal Rahman of XDA It is said that he has heard that ‘Bramble’ can be branded as Pixel 4a XL. It is very possible that one or more of the planned phones were discontinued – explaining the lack of any XL model – so we’ll probably never know what Google’s full 2020 lineup should have looked like.
Interesting. I think we’re getting pixels that did some name changes along the way this fall. So I believe in saying that at some point “Bramble” (now 4A5G) was going to be Pixel 5, and “Rediffin” (now 5) was called Pixel 5S. (Note that this is an old EVT unit with an old f / w) https://t.co/IlyZTQjw9F
– Alex Dobbie (@alexdobie) September 9, 2020
According to rahmanThe FCC filing for the Pixel 5 lists four different model numbers, two of which will ship with mmWave support. It is not clear at this point if Google will distinguish these models by different names, such as Pixel 5s, or if they will all be called Pixel 5 and you can simply select a specific model when purchasing. Some of these variants may also be carrier exclusive. Despite all this confusion, we are still receiving only Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 (in various configurations) from Google in the coming months. This makes us wonder what could have happened. Perhaps further leaks will shed more light on which we may be missing.
A few more pictures of the Pixel 5s device have been uploaded to Twitter since the same source. We don’t know too much from these, other than the fact that this model has 128 GB of storage. We would expect nothing less than a flagship phone in 2020, even more humble like the Pixel 5.
– Jose Antonio Ponton (@jonpon) September 12, 2020