Pixel 6 will feature Google’s Whitechapel custom chipset, new leak reiterates

Pixel 6 is expected to be the company's upcoming flagship offering.

Highlights
  • Pixel 6 to reportedly ship with the in-house Whitechapel chipset.
  • Google said to have teamed up with Samsung’s system large-scale integration (SLSI) division for its chipset.
  • The performance of the Whitechapel chipset is said to be on similar lines as the Snapdragon 7-series.

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. 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. 

Google-Whitechapel-GS101

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.

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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.

Key Specs

Google Pixel 6
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 | 6 GBProcessor
6.4 inches Display
16 MP + 16 MPRear camera
12 MPSelfie camera
4500 mAh Battery
Google Pixel 6 Price, Launch Date
Expected Price: Rs. 61,999
Release Date: 28-Jun-2021 (Expected)
Variant: 6 GB RAM / 64 GB internal storage
Phone Status: Rumoured
Google Pixel 6 Video