Pixel 5 is off to a good start in Europe: is it because of the non-US sub-6 model?
The green and black variants currently occupy the second and third spots, respectively, on Amazon UK's best sellers list for unlocked smartphones.
If you are thinking about buying it through the British or French Google Store, you better hurry up, as Pixel 5 Sorta Sage pre-order has already sold out, and your only option is Just Black at the moment.
Both models are listed as out of stock on the company's German website, and the same is the case for Irish buyers.
Of course, this doesn't serve as a definitive proof that sales are robust, and we don't know how many units Google had in stock, to begin with. The company has reportedly set a modest sales target of 1 million units for the Pixel 5, but it will only be able to produce 800,000 units this year because of supply-side issue.
Pixel 5 retail price could have been $599 in the US, were it not for Verizon
In the US, we have Google and Verizon's camaraderie to thank for the $699 price tag.
The Pixel 4a (5G), on the other hand, costs $499 despite having the same key specs - the Snapdragon 765G, 128GB of storage, dual camera setup (12.2MP + 16MP), and an 8MP front camera.
If you want Verizon's Pixel 4a (5G) which supports mmWave 5G, you will have to shell out $100 more, and this also explains why the Pixel 5 costs $699 in the US.
The Pixel 5 is $699 in the US and $799 in Canada. This isn't Google being kind on the exchange rate. It's because US buyers are spending an extra $100 for mmWave 5G and Canadians aren't, simple as that.— Daniel Bader (@journeydan) October 1, 2020
Every phone with mmWave costs more, whether you use it or not. pic.twitter.com/V7LXAtP31P
The addition of mmWave support is also presumably the reason why the phone will arrive in the US after in launches in other markets.