Google is expected to ditch the practice of using Snapdragon processors in its upcoming Pixel handsets. Instead, it could be working on its own chipsets that may hit the market as early as this year. There have been a lot of rumors surrounding the upcoming Pixel devices, with renders for Pixel 5a appearing on the internet back in January. According to the latest development, there is new info coming out that the company could be implementing its new chipset in the upcoming Pixel 6 and maybe even Pixel 5a too.
Pixel 6 could be powered by Google’s own SoC
According to the latest news, the upcoming Pixel smartphones expected to release later this year could run on Google’s own chipset. The GS101 chipset comes with the codename “Whitechapel” and Pixel 6 and Pixel 5a could be the first devices to be powered by it.
There have been murmurs since April 2020 that Google could be working on its own chipset as it is working in partnership with Samsung.
The Whitechapel chipset is an effort to come up with its own system on a chipset that can be used for upcoming Pixel devices and even Chromebooks. This is very similar to what Apple has done with its own chipsets in the iPhones and Macbooks.
Google’s upcoming chipset could be similar to Samsung’s Exynos
The report further adds that the chipset is being developed with Samsung semiconductor’s signature SLSI (System Large-Scale Integration) division. This hints at Google’s new chipset having similarities with Samsung’s Exynos chipset.
Moreover, this move might also mean that Google could be committed to making its own line of hardware and not just software, which has largely been the company’s strong point over the years. The document reveals Whitechapel being used in connection with the name “Slider”. The same codename has previously been found in the camera app. “Raven” and “Oriole” are tipped to be the first few smartphones on this platform. These are the codenames of the handsets expected to release later this fall. One of those smartphones could be the Pixel 6 smartphone.
It’ll be interesting to see if Google still incorporates Snapdragon SoCs in specific devices and how Google’s SoCs compete with Apple’s and Samsung’s SoCs.
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