The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro were the first products to ship with Google’s proprietary chip. But new findings show that Mountain View residents first tested the Pixel 5 with a tensor chip.
Developer of the XDA Chat Forum with the username Freak07 Recently Evidence Found Which announces the test of the tensor chip on the 5 pixel. He says that by examining the 6-pixel code, he came across a tree of kernel files for two versions of the tensor chip, whose reference name was gs101. One version of this chip is gs101-b0, which is the same as the Pixel 6 series chipset, but the other version is called gs101-a0, which we have not heard about before.
Freak07 found out by further investigation that gs101-a0 belonged to a device codenamed Whitefin. Interestingly, a few weeks ago, XDA’s Mishaal Rahman found evidence of a device of the same name. Whitefin had specifications similar to the Pixel 5 but used a tensor chipset. Based on this information, we can now conclude that Google probably tested the fifth generation of pixels with a tensor chip at some point.
Although we will probably never know why Google decided not to use the tensor in the Pixel 5, it is possible that the company’s proprietary chip was not ready at the time of the Pixel 5 launch. Google will probably prepare a prototype of the Pixel 5 with a tensor chip to perform the necessary tests on it and present the final product for release in the Pixel 6.
The dedicated tensor chipset has an eight-core processor including two 2.8 GHz Cortex-X1 processors, two 2.25 GHz Cortex-A76 cores and four 1.8 GHz Cortex-A55 cores. Google claims that the chip has 80% faster CPU speed and 370% faster GPU than Qualcomm Snapdragon 765.