The Pixel 5 almost had Google’s custom Tensor processor

Google Pixel 6 vs Google Pixel 5 camera angled

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  • Google originally planned to launch the Pixel 5 with its Tensor chipset.
  • Google decided against this due to various issues, YouTuber Marques Brownlee claimed.

The new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are the first phones with the firm’s Tensor processor, marking a major departure from the years-long reliance on Android SoC kingpin Qualcomm.

However, it turns out that Google originally wanted last year’s Pixel 5 to be equipped with a Tensor chipset instead. The news comes from “conversations” that YouTuber Marques Brownlee had with Google representatives (skip to 29:41 in the video below).

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