The latest reports revealed that Google is expected to use its own chip, which it has been working on for a while, in Pixel 6 phones, which are expected to be introduced in autumn this year.
Since the launch of the first Google Pixel phones in 2016, the company has been using Qualcomm chipsets in the devices, but that seems to change. According to a report published by 9to5Google, Google’s upcoming flagship phone, Pixel 6, will be powered by a Google-made chipset.
Affordable flagship phones
In April last year, it was reported that Google was working with Samsung to design its own chip, codenamed ‘Whitechapel’, for Pixel smartphones and Chromebooks. A new report based on Google documentation indicates that Pixel phones due to launch this fall this year will be powered by the Whitechapel platform.
According to reports, Google internally calls its chip ‘GS101’. Also, the letters GS here are thought to represent Google Silicon. Another codename highlighted in the report is the “Slider” code, which 9to5Google believes is a shared platform for the first Whitechapel chip.
It is thought that the first phones to be built on the Slider platform will be Pixel 6 and Pixel 5a, which are expected to have the code names Raven and Oriole.
Qualcomm’s flagship chipset Snapdragon 865, released last year, required a separate 5G modem. This caused an increase in costs for producers and therefore consumers. Google, on the other hand, included the Snapdragon 765 chipset for Pixel 5 instead of using flagship Qualcomm processors. The company is developing its own chip to offer more affordable flagship phones to users.