Pixel 6 is rumoured to be in the works and is expected to launch sometime later this year. It is reported the flagship would come with the in-house Google-made chipset codenamed, Whitechapel.
By Sai Krishna
Now, a fresh report by XDA Developers reiterates the same with new evidence. In a screenshot, the ‘Whitechapel’ text mentioned by the Google engineers in a code change submitted to AOSP can be clearly seen in the URL.
There’s also a mention of P21 in the line “You don’t need coredomain to use binder_use. This one lives fine on P21,” which could be referring to the Pixel 6. P21 can’t be the Pixel 5a as it is expected to feature the Snapdragon 765G SoC.
Furthermore, in the URL, Whitechapel refers to Google’s chipset while the ‘GS101’ could stand for Google Silicon. Google is reportedly working on the Whitechapel chip in association with Samsung’s system large-scale integration (SLSI) division. Considering that SLSI is responsible for Exynos chipset, speculations are rife that Google’s first in-house chipset could have common features with Samsung Exynos.
Earlier reports have indicated that Whitechapel could be a 5nm octa-core ARM chipset with two Cortext-A78 CPU cores and quad Cortex-A55 cores and ARM Mali GPU. The performance of the chipset is said to be on similar lines as the Snapdragon 7-series.
Unfortunately, that’s pretty much everything we know so far about Google’s Whitechapel chip. It should give the Mountain View giant enough control over driver update as it no longer will need to rely on Qualcomm and the drivers should be compatible with newer Android OS versions for a longer time.
Pixel devices currently receive 3 years of Android OS upgrades but with its own chipsets, Google might offer at least four major OS upgrades, but this is just speculation.
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