Google testing 5G Pixel 4 model that could arrive next week
The Google Pixel 4 5G is reportedly in test production now
Google's upcoming device is reportedly undergoing "test production" in China at the moment. If the company chooses to move ahead with the project, a release probably won't happen for another few months. Nevertheless, it's suggested an announcement could take place alongside the 4G Pixel 4 series and Pixelbook Go Chromebook on Tuesday, October 15. The possibility of Google's long-rumored Pixel smartwatch also making an appearance next week was mentioned too. This is particularly interesting considering the wearable was reported as dead last month.
To avoid any of the potential US tariffs on products coming from China, eventually all Pixel 4 5G models destined for the US will be manufactured outside of China, presumably in Vietnam which is where the regular Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are being made. Speaking of which, these devices have already entered mass production and should, therefore, be ready in time for a global release later this month. The exact launch date hasn't yet been revealed but rumors suggest the phones may begin shipping on Friday, October 25, ten days after the official introduction.
A 5G flagship could help Google reach its new sales goals
Google is currently in the process of moving its entire smartphone production out of China and into a new market – Vietnam. The change relies heavily on a leading Vietnamese factory and will reportedly be completed by the end of 2019. In the meantime, though, production in the market's expected to focus on the Pixel 4 devices headed to the US, as mentioned above.
In addition to helping Google avoid tariffs, the production switch should also help the company reach its goal of doubling output to 10 million units for the year. The mid-range Pixel devices will likely make up the bulk of orders but the Pixel 4 series will certainly be in high demand initially before sales decrease in the coming months. However, by launching a 5G model at a later date, Google should be able to successfully boost interest, albeit temporarily, while also tapping into an important market that's growing massively.