Google To Start Making Chips, Pixel 6 Will Use Google Made SoC

Google to start making own chips from Pixel 6 series instead of using Qualcomm SoCs. The internet giant is said to be working on custom smartphone chips for Pixel 6, 9to5Google reported. Internally known as Whitechapel, the Google chips will debut this year only with Google devices. Whitechapel is in development in partnership with Samsung Semiconductor’s system-large scale integration (SLSI) division. So expect similarities between Samsung’s Exynos and the upcoming Google SoC.

Google chief Sundar Pichai at an event
Google To Start Making Chips, Pixel 6 Will Use Google Made SoC

The first Google chip will probably pack an octa-core ARM CPU with two Cortex-A78, two Cortex-A76 and four Cortex-A55 cores alongside ARM Mali GPU based on Samsung’s 5nm manufacturing process.

Google Whitechapel is going to be an upper mid-range chip compared with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 700 series SoCs. Custom silicon will benefit Google over driver updates. It’s not the first time the company is trying to come up with it’s own chip. Google earlier collaborated with Intel in 2017 to develop Pixel Visual Core for the Pixel 2. 

On the other hand, Pixel 5a India launch expected soon, BIS listing suggests imminent release. A new Google phone (codenamed GROM2) has received the BIS certification in the country.

A recent leak said Google Pixel 5a launch said to happen in June, while the latest Pixel Buds will arrive in April. Pixel 5a leaks continue to pour in as the hype around upcoming Pixel phones start to grow. Popular tipster Jon Prosser said the upcoming Pixel phone launch will happen in JunIndia e 2021, while the much-awaited Pixel Buds will arrive in April. After a tough few years, Google finally was able to succeed with their phones with the Pixel 4 series.

Google will follow the same strategy with Pixel 5a as the previous generation Pixel 4a in 2021, no fancy features, just a budget pricing with some really good specs on-board.

Google entered the midrange segment first with Pixel 3a in 2019, and then took the market by storm with Pixel 4a last year. In spite of being affordable, the mid-range Pixel phones became natural choices for people looking for mid-range phones with good cameras. The single-camera sensors on Pixel 3a and Pixel 4a produced stunning pictures with some amazing low light photography.

Expect Pixel 5a with some really good cameras again, decent hardware and the latest software.

As per the leaked rumours, the upcoming Pixel 5a leaked details show some decent upgrades.

The upcoming Pixel mid-range smartphone is said to feature a similar design as Pixel 4a with some change in the camera setup. The leaked Pixel 5a images show a dual-camera setup with a flash housed in the square module. As Pixel 4a, the upcoming Pixel 5a will have a punch-hole cutout on the top left corner, a similar power button in different colour and a rear-mounted fingerprint print scanner.

Pixel 5a leaked specs further includes a 6.2-inch Full HD+ OLED display with similar dimensions as Pixel 4a 5G measuring 156.2 x 73.2 x 8.8mm from the leaked image.The device main retain the 3.5mm jack as well, seen in the leaked render. Pixel 4a came with Snapdragon 730G chipset, an upgrade over Snapdragon 670 SoC on Pixel 3a. 

Pixel 5a may ship with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 750G budget 5G chipset. The device will ship with 6GB of RAM and 128GB UFS 3.1 storage. Pixel 5a battery may see a little jump in capacity too. The device will ship with a 3,840 mAh battery with 20W fast charging support. The software is sorted on Pixel phones, Pixel 5a will ship with the latest Android 12 out of the box. Recently the first Android 12 developer preview has also been released, and the full version is expected soon.

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