It seems that Google might be following Apple, Samsung and Huawei’s footsteps in that they will be utilising their own in-house processor for the upcoming Pixel 6. Codenamed “Whitechapel”, this new processor is an effort by Google to create their SoCs for their Pixel smartphones and Chromebook laptops.
Pixel 6: Goodbye Snapdragon, Hello Whitechapel?
This new “Whitechapel” chip carries the model number GS101 with GS speculated as standing for “Google Silicon”. The chip is also believed to be co-developed with Samsung and is based on Samsung’s Exynos chips. It also seems that Google’s new processor is developed with Samsung’s system large-scale integration (SLSI) division.
Furthermore, Pixel 6’s purported processor is also part of a project by Google called “Slider” which is a project believed to be a shared platform for the “Whitechapel” SoC. Project “Slider” is also linked to two other projects – “Raven” and “Oriole” which are most likely codenames for upcoming Pixel devices.
If this rumour is proven to be true, then the Pixel 6 would be the first in the line to feature an SoC not made by Qualcomm. Previous Pixel smartphones have always utilised Snapdragon chips since their inception in 2016.