The presentation of the Google Pixel 5 is scheduled for the end of this year, although with the price increase who have experienced such important components as high-end SoCs we do not stop seeing rumors that suggest a significant change of scenery by the Mountain View giant.

I put you in situation. A few weeks ago an alleged leak appeared that claimed that the Google Pixel 5 I was going to use a Snapdragon 765G SoC, a “premium” mid-range chip that is capable of offering a high level of performance and that gives access to a very complete set of advanced functions, but with a more contained price when compared directly with the Snapdragon 865.

The information made sense, especially considering that the price of the Snapdragon 865 has soared, and that at the same time we must add the cost of buying, separately, a 5G Snapdragon X55 modem. However, new information is now pointing in another direction, as it indicates that Google could opt for a Samsung Exynos SoC.

Samsung prepares a custom SoC for the Google Pixel 5

No, it is not the Exynos 990. The South Korean giant is preparing a chip specifically designed for the Google Pixel 5 that will have a new generation configurationThat is to say, it will be prepared to compete with the Snapdragon 875 and with the Kirin 1020, since it will come manufactured in 5nm process and it will have an eight-core CPU divided into:

Two high-performance Cortex-A78 cores.
Two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores with more moderate consumption.
Four low-power Cortex-A55 cores.

Those eight cores will be able to work simultaneously, if necessary. The GPU will be a Mali G78 MP20 (20 graphics cores), and both the ISP and the neural processing unit (NPU) will be designed by Google itself, which means that the Mountain View company will give this new Exynos chip its personal touch.

The Exynos 990 SoC couldn’t beat the Snapdragon 865 SoC in terms of gross performance, but the cost of the latter is very high, so it’s perfectly credible that the Mountain View company has decided look for alternatives to prevent the sale price of the Google Pixel 5 from skyrocketing, and that you have decided to have Samsung for it.

That new SoC, with Cortex-A78 cores, a next-gen GPU, and custom ISPs and NPUs, should be able to deliver a major leap in performance level without giving up good energy efficiency, thanks to the jump to the 5 nm process.


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