The Google Pixel 5 could sport a custom-built 5nm Exynos SoC featuring Cortex-A78 cores
Samsung's Exynos line of SoCs has been rather underwhelming over the past few years, with the company's current flagship chipset, the Exynos 990, failing to match the Snapdragon 865 in most metrics. A new report, however, claims that Samsung is working on a chipset for Google.
The SoC in question remains unnamed. Going by the source report, the chipset could be ready for launch as soon as this year. It's said to be built on Samsung's 5nm LPE node. That means it will at least be in the same generation as the upcoming Kirin 1020 and, perhaps, the Snapdragon 875.
The SoC is said to feature two Cortex-A78 cores, two Cortex-A76 cores, and four efficient Cortex-A55 cores. Reports from months ago claimed Samsung had ditched its custom Mongoose cores, and that appears to be the case. On the GPU end of things, the SoC is touted to feature the unreleased Mali MP20 processor. Supposedly, Google will implement its own ISP and NPU in place of Samsung's.
The big question, of course, is if this SoC will debut on the Pixel 5 phones when they're launched around October. That would make sense, in light of recent reports touting Google to ditch Qualcomm's pricey Snapdragon 865. The fact that ARM is yet to even announce its A78 cores throws a spanner in the works, however.