Production Validation Test (PVT) units running the Whitechapel chip reveal that the component’s performance is closer to the Snapdragon 870 than Snapdragon 888. But one rumor says that Google is focusing on AI and machine learning. The same rumor states that the ARM Mali-G78 GPU performs well on the chip without the throttling it is known for. Google’s in-house chip features two Cortex-A78 cores, two Cortex-A76 cores, and three Cortex-A55 cores.
There is already speculation about a possible successor to the Whitechapel. The sequel to the latter is expected to use AMD’s GPU instead of ARM’s Mali component.
Using a Google-designed chip on a Google-designed phone is bound to lead to optimizations that will enhance the capabilities of the Pixels powered by the SoC. For example, there is some talk that Google is planning on offering five years of Android updates for the new Pixels. Considering that Apple supports its phones for seven years from the time a model was last sold and it designs both the chip and the phone, we can probably give credit to the Whitechapel chip if this rumor is true.