The vast majority of smartphones out there today are powered by Qualcomm’s chipset. There are a few companies that have made their own chipsets, such as Apple, Samsung, and Huawei. Now it looks like Google could potentially follow in their footsteps, at least that’s according to a report from Axios.
According to the report, Google is said to be developing their own chipset codenamed “Whitechapel”. This chipset was apparently designed in collaboration with Samsung and will be based on the 5nm manufacturing process, meaning that it will be able to cram more circuits into the chip, which in turn could help it with its efficiency in terms of energy consumption as well as performance.
The report goes on to claim that this chipset will apparently be making its way into future Pixel handsets as well as Google-made Chromebooks. Given that this will be a custom chipset, it will also include features to accommodate Google’s plans for their products, including hardware designed for AI and also to improve the always-on capabilities of Google Assistant.
Before you get too excited, note that while Google has received a working version of the chipset in the recent weeks, the report claims that it will not be making an appearance in Pixel phones this year, but rather it could debut in 2021 at the earliest. It makes sense that Google would want more control over their own hardware, but how well it performs compared to the competition remains to be seen.
Samsung has received quite a bit of flak in the recent years over the use of their Exynos chipsets, where it has been found that they seem to be falling behind in performance compared to Qualcomm.