However, the way things are going with the coronavirus and the cancellation of shows like MWC (opens in new tab), GDC (opens in new tab) and Facebook's F8, there’s no telling if Google’s event is still happening. Even if Google I/O is postponed or cancelled, it looks like Google is doing everything it can to make sure that its low-cost phone goes on sale as planned.
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According to Nikkei Asian Review (opens in new tab), Google is expected to start production of the Pixel 4a “as soon as April.” And Google is reportedly shifting production from China to partners in Northern Vietnam.
The same report says that Google plans to manufacture is Pixel 5 (opens in new tab) flagship phone in Northern Vietnam as well.
In addition, Google is readying production lines in Thailand for smart home products, such as the Nest Mini (opens in new tab). The only timetable provided is the first half of 2020.
The Pixel 4a is a big deal for Google because the low-cost Pixel 3a has reportedly generated far more phone sales (opens in new tab) than any of its flagship devices.
The rumored features for the Pixel 4a so far include a faster Snapdragon 730 processor, possible 5G (opens in new tab) support and a second rear camera.
But the most important Pixel 4a feature will be its price. The Pixel 3a starts at $399, and the Pixel 3a XL starts at $479. We anticipate that this year’s lineup will have similar pricing, although 5G versions could command higher premiums.
Last month, we heard that Verizon was reportedly ditching Google as a partner for the Pixel 4a and all future smartphones. But Verizon immediately refuted that report, which is key, because Google needs that carrier partner in the U.S.