In 2020, Google surprised everyone with the Pixel 5. While this model was supposed to use a high-end chip, the Snapdragon 865, the device was happy with a cheaper and less efficient component: the Snapdragon 765G. And of course, Google could still surprise us with the Pixel 5a.
With the Pixel 5a supposedly a cheaper version of the Pixel 5 with a lower-powered chip, new rumors suggest that the two models may have the exact same processor. In an article published this week, the 9to5Google website states that information was found in the files of the third preview of Android 12 that suggests that the Pixel 5a may use the Snapdragon 765G processor like the Pixel 5 (and the Pixel 4a 5G) will use.
At the moment, caution should be exercised until official information is available from Google. If this rumor is true, it would definitely suggest that the Pixel 5a has the same power levels as the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, which adds even more confusion.
Of course, Google can always play on other elements of the spec sheet (e.g. the cameras) to distinguish each model. So the Pixel 5a could be a more interesting model than its predecessor, the Pixel 4a, but less interesting than the Pixel 5.
As a reminder, Google will host an I / O conference in May. However, according to some sources, the Pixel 5a will not be featured at this event, as tradition would have it.
However, Mountain View has already confirmed that the Pixel 5a is in the pipeline (although rumors suggest that this model could be canceled). “The Pixel 5a 5G will not be canceled. It will be available in the US and Japan later this year and will be announced at the time the A-series phone was launched last year, “a company representative told CNBC, suggesting that as a result, the Pixel 5a 5G may not is offered in Europe.
Google could make us forget all this story with its next high-end
To sum up, the high-end smartphone offered by Google in 2020 uses a midrange processor (and there was no XL version). The same processor is used by the pixel 4a 5G and can also be used by the pixel 5a 5G.
But the company could bring two major innovations this year. According to some sources, the Pixel 6 could be the first smartphone to use a chip developed by Google instead of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips.
Of course, this has not yet been confirmed. However, when Google uses its own chips, it is getting closer to Apple’s strategy, which can boast of controlling both the software and hardware portion of its iPhones.
In addition to this new chip, Google could unveil its first foldable smartphone this year on a screen provided by Samsung.