Google CEO promises exciting hardware for 2021 as Q1 2021 flagship Pixel rumours emerge
Google has had a rather subdued year in the scheme of things, with no flagship smartphone release or showstopping product. The company has announced some Nest and Chromecast hardware, but there has been no follow-up to the Pixelbook Go, for example, or the release of a new product category. However, company representatives have hinted that 2021 will be a more enthralling year for Google than in 2020.
Apparently, exciting hardware plans are afoot for next year, with Google realising some of its long-term hardware investments. One such device that may be coming to market is a 'true flagship' Pixel smartphone, according to Max Weinbach. Emphasising that the rumour remains unverified, Weinbach states that Google may be planning to announce this device in late Q1 2021, possibly March.
Weinbach has not offered any details about this flagship Pixel, but it could contain Google's rumoured in-house chipset, codenamed Whitechapel. According to Axios, Google received prototype versions of this chipset in April, which reputedly features two ARM Cortex-A78 cores, two A76 cores four A55 cores and a GPU with 20 processing units built on Samsung's 5 nm process. Additionally, a leaked Android document obtained by 9to5Google suggested that Google may debut a foldable Pixel smartphone in the pipeline, which would be exciting.
We have embedded a video of Alphabet's most-recent Investor Relations call should you wish to listen to what the company had to say about its plans first hand. Keep in mind that it is nearly an hour-long, though.