According to a report, the Pixel 6 can run on Google’s own “GS101” Whitechapel SoC. It would be the first handset to run on the new SoC. It has been rumored that Google, with the help of Samsung, is developing its own processor, codenamed Whitechapel. A new report now assumes that the next-generation Pixel 6 will be the first device in Google’s portfolio to receive the internal chip. In addition to the Pixel smartphone range, Google is also expected to add its own SoCs to its Chromebook range.
9to5Google claims to have accessed an internal document indicating that the Pixel 6 will be the first Google handset to run on the company’s custom Whitechapel SoC “GS101”.
It was rumored earlier that Whitechapel is the code name of the work-in-progress chip that is expected to power the Pixel 6, but Google might commercially refer to it as something completely different.
The internal Google documents cited in the 9to5Google report indicate that the company calls the chip “GS101”, with GS being speculated as an abbreviation for “Google Silicon”. Google is to develop the Whitechapel SoC together with Samsung, a company that also makes its own Exynos processors. The report says that the new “Google Silicon” may have some similarities with Exynos, including software components.
According to the report, Google CEO Sundar Pichai had made deeper investments in hardware on a profit call in October 2020 and promised an “excellent roadmap for 2021” containing hints of new hardware announcements for this year. Previous leaks suggest that the Pixel 6 may have a punch display with the cutout in the top center of the display instead of the top left screen on Pixel 5. It is reported that the selfie camera also supports 4K video recording.
With its custom WhiteCapel SoC, Google seems to be walking the same path as Apple, which is using its custom chips for both the iPhone and MacBook. Android phones in the market are mainly powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon and MediaTek processors. Samsung is integrating its custom Exynos processors into some of its mid-range and flagship phones, but mostly bundling its flagship phones with Snapdragon processors in a few key markets, particularly the US.