Google is expected to announce the successor to the Pixel 5 in October this year. Last October, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, said during the earnings call for the third quarter of 2020 that the company was making “deeper investments in hardware” and had an excellent roadmap planned for 2021. At the time, many interpreted that the company could run on its own processor, code-named “Whitechapel”. Fresh information shared by 9to5Google shows that the Pixel smartphones coming in autumn could be one of the first smartphones to be equipped with the Whitechapel chipset “GS101”. Hence, it seems that the Pixel 6 series may not have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC.
Just as Apple uses its own chipset to power its iPhone and Mac devices, Google will also work on its chipset for its smartphones and Chromebooks. Rumors from early 2020 said that Google could help Samsung build the Whitechapel chips. The publication has come across a specific document that says that the Pixel phones arriving this fall will be equipped with the Whitechapel processor.
Internally, the Whitechapel chip for Google’s next generation Pixel phones is referred to as “GS101”, where “GS” likely stands for “Google Silicon”. A reference for the code name “Slider” in the Google Camera app is supposed to be a common platform for Whitechapel SoC. Other products linked to “Slider” show that they are linked to Samsung’s Exynos chipset. It appears that the GS101 chip will be built with the System Large Scale Integration (SLSI) division of the South Korean tech giant. This indicates that the Google chips may have some features in common with Samsung Exynos.
The publication claims that Google’s phones, code-named “Raven” and “Oriole,” are believed to be the first phones to arrive with the Slider platform. These phones may be Pixel 6 series smartphones.
According to XDA developer, The performance of the GS101 could keep up with that of the Snapdragon 7 series chipset. The 5 nm octa-core ARM chip can contain two Cortex-A78 CPU cores, two Cortex-A76 cores and four Cortex-A55 cores as well as a commercially available ARM Mali GPU. If you gave the Pixels its own chipset, Google would have better control over driver updates as it would no longer rely on Qualcomm. The drivers may be compatible with newer editions of Android OS for longer. Currently, Pixel devices support 3 years of Android operating system updates. The upcoming Pixel phones with Google’s own chip may receive 5 generations of operating system updates.
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