Google Pixel 4 last year saw one of the worst leak seasons of any smartphone, partially because of a change in Google’s manufacturing that saw the app being manufactured partly from Vietnam instead of China. Now, a fresh report confirms that Vietnam will manufacture both Pixel 4a and Pixel 5, with the low-cost model starting production in April.
Nikkei Asian Review cites two sources with “direct knowledge” of Google’s plans to produce both the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 from Vietnam, instead of China.
This shouldn’t come as any surprise, as Google worked with partners last year to convert a Vietnamese factory to produce Pixel. At the time, this was partly a result of the raging trade war between the US and China, but it now has the added benefit for Google to prevent some of the effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Nevertheless, the outbreak may still have a significant impact on production as the components face delays as the virus spreads to other parts of the globe.
The virus also apparently caused Google to ask its suppliers to assess how feasible and expensive it might be to move some production equipment from China to Vietnam.
Nikkei states in its article that Google plans to start production in April on its Pixel 4a smartphone-just over a month from now. The timeline also makes sense, as Google’s track record pins the 4a launch date as Google I / O which takes place in mid-May this year.
Google apparently also plans to produce its Pixel 5 from that same location in Vietnam later this year, although the report does not provide a specific timeline. However, if Google is following its usual timeline, we can expect the Pixel 5 in October at some point.