Google’s upcoming mobile phones this fall, including the Pixel 6, which is speculated, will be one of the first devices to run the GS101 “Whitechapel” chip. In the earnings call last fall, Google CEO Sundar Pichai foretells “some deeper hardware investments” and has a “great roadmap” for 2021. Many people interpret it as Google will develop its own processor, and this effort is code-named “Whitechapel”.
Whitechapel first came out in early 2020. It was Google’s efforts to create its own system-on-chip (SoC) for Pixel phones and Chromebooks, similar to how Apple uses its own Apple Silicon chips in iPhones and Macs. At that time, Google said it would jointly develop Whitechapel with Samsung. Samsung’s Exynos chip is comparable to the Snapdragon processor in the Android field.
According to the report, Google will be ready to launch devices using Whitechapel chips as early as 2021. According to the documents obtained, Pixel phones this fall will use Google’s Whitechapel platform.
In the document, Whitechapel is related to the codename “Slider”-we also found this reference in the Google Camera app. From the information we can piece together, we believe that Slider is the first shared platform for Whitechapel SoC. Internally, Google calls this chip “GS101”, and “GS” may be the abbreviation of Google Silicon.
Observing other items related to “Slider”, we found that this code name is also directly related to Samsung, including a reference to Samsung Exynos. From the reference point of view, Whitechapel is working with Samsung Semiconductor’s System Large Scale Integration (SLSI) department to develop it, which means that Google chips will have some commonalities with Samsung Exynos, including software components.
The first mobile phones built on this “Slider” platform are “Raven” and “Oriole”, which are the two Pixel code names we leaked last year. We have reported that these two phones will be released side by side this fall, presumably as Pixel 6 and a phone that we hope will not be called “Pixel 5a 5G”.
On the whole, this fall’s Made by Google mobile phone will not use Qualcomm’s chips but will be built on Google’s own Whitechapel hardware platform with the assistance of Samsung.