Google’s smartphones are typically hard to come by in South Africa, but that’s changing. And just in time, too, because the company’s Pixel 6 handset is reportedly going to be the first to come with a chipset made by the search giant.
9to5Google reports that Google’s newest handset, including the Pixel 6, will ship with the company’s rumoured ‘GS101’ Whitechapel chip. That’s a Google-made (or at least -designed) SoC (system-on-chip) that will be used for the company’s handsets and its Chromebook hardware. Because everyone else from Apple to Samsung are doing it — why can’t Google?
The chipset, Whitechapel, is said to be in development with Samsung, who has its own lineup of ARM based chip that we’re all familiar with. Most Samsung flagships ship with an Exynos core and if Google’s got similar hardware powering their devices… well…
The report claims to have seen documentation revealing that Google’s 2021 handsets will feature GS101 (the ‘GS’ might stand for Google Silicon) chips, alongside a platform named ‘Slider’ which appears related to the company’s SoC ambitions. The first two devices to feature these chips will be ‘Raven’ and ‘Oriole’ — likely the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 5a 5G, if the company’s naming convention remains unchanged. We should know more when the company announces its handsets — or when they get careless, which they occasionally do.