Google’s phones coming out this autumn, including the presumed Pixel 6, will be among the first to run the GS101 “Whitechapel” chip. On an earnings call last fall, Google CEO Sundar Pichai preached “some deeper hardware investments” and a “great road map” to 2021. Many interpreted this to mean that Google would develop its own processor, an effort code-named “Whitechapel.”
Whitechapel was first floated in early 2020 as an effort by Google to create its own system on a chip (SoC) for Pixel phones and Chromebooks, similar to how Apple uses its own Apple Silicon chip in iPhones and Macs. At the time, Google said it would co-develop Whitechapel with Samsung, whose Exynos chips are comparable to Snapdragon processors in the Android space.
According to the report, Google could be ready to launch devices powered by the Whitechapel chip as soon as 2021. According to documents obtained, this fall’s Pixel phone will be powered by Google’s Whitechapel platform. In the documentation, Whitechapel is associated with the code name “Slider “- we also found this reference in the Google camera application. From the information we have been able to piece together, we believe Slider is the first shared platform for the Whitechapel SoC. Internally, Google refers to the chip as “GS101, “while “GS” is probably short for Google Silicon.
Looking at other items related to “Slider”, we find that the code name is also directly related to Samsung, including references to Samsung Exynos. According to Resources, Whitechapel is being developed in collaboration with Samsung Semiconductor’s Systems Large Scale Integration (SLSI) division, which means the Google chip will have some common features with Samsung Exynos, including software components.
The first phones to be built on this “Slider” platform were “Raven” and “Oriole, “the two Pixel codename names we leaked last year. We’ve reported that the two phones will launch side-by-side this fall, presumably as the Pixel 6 and a phone hopefully not called “Pixel 5a 5G.”
Overall, this fall’s Made by Google phones will not use chips from Qualcomm, but will be built on Google’s own Whitechapel hardware platform, with the help of Samsung.