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Google sets modest smartphone goals as COVID-19 bites

Internet giant plans just 1m flagship Pixel 5 phones for 2020

Google has been betting on smartphones to bring more users into its software ecosystem.    © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Google plans to produce less than 1 million Pixel 5 smartphones this year, sources told Nikkei Asia, signaling a far more conservative outlook for the internet giant's flagship device than last year.

Production could be as low as around 800,000 units for the 5G-capable flagship smartphone, which is set to be released on Sept. 30, the sources added. Google will also introduce the Pixel 4A (5G), following the recent launch on its website of the more affordably priced Pixel 4A.

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