A recent report stated that the Google Pixel 6 will feature Google’s in-house ‘Whitechapel’ processor. That news managed to surprise everyone. Well, now, we have a new piece of information that claims Samsung co-developed that ‘Whitechapel’ SoC that is destined for the Pixel 6.
The information comes from XDA Developers. The source claims that Google’s first mobile SoC will feature a tri-cluster CPU, a TPU (Tensor Processing Unit), and an integrated security chip codenamed ‘Dauntless’ (like the Titan M).
The processor will allegedly also feature two Cortex-A78 CPU cores, two Cortex-A76 CPU cores, and four Cortex-A55 CPU cores. It could also include a 20-core ARM Mali GPU.
It seems like Samsung co-developed ‘Whitechapel’ SoC for the Pixel 6
The report also states that this processor has some things in common with Samsung’s Exynos processor. Some of those commonalities are software components. It is possible Google removed Samsung’s default ISP and NPU components, though.
We suspect that more information about this will surface in the near future. For now, this is all we know about Google’s ‘Whitechapel’ processor. It sure is an interesting turn of events, though. Pretty much nobody expected Google will ditch Qualcomm for its own SoC.
Now, the Google Pixel 6 is codenamed ‘Slider’. The phone is set to arrive in two flavors, ‘Raven’ and ‘Oriole’. Chances are these are the Google Pixel 6 and 6 XL, so we’ll get two size options, which is great.
This SoC will provide Google with even more control over its smartphones
With this new processor, Google will get even more control over its smartphones, and updates. It will be able to do an even better job when it comes to optimization and performance, including camera performance. That is not a guarantee it will, though, but just a possibility, due to the extended control over the SoC.
The Google Pixel 6 is expected to arrive at some point in Q3, probably in September. There’s also a chance Google may announce it in early Q4, in October, but we’ll see. More information will probably surface soon.