Back in March, we found a rumor suggesting that the upcoming Google Pixel 5 might not offer the traditional flagship experience to which weâ€™ve become accustomed. Specifically, the rumor suggested the phone would not have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800-series chipset and instead have a mid-range processor.
Now, viaÂ XDA Developers, we have even more evidence to support that claim. While itâ€™s not 100% clear which processor the Google Pixel 5 will utilize, itâ€™s becoming more and more likely that the processor will not be this yearâ€™s flagship, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865.
Since we recently found a rumor suggesting the entry price for the Pixel 5 could be as low as $699, all signs point to the new Pixel stepping out of the traditional premium territory and entering something more akin to â€œpremium mid-rangerâ€� territory.
Google Pixel 5 processor: Maybe the SD765?
Through some complicated code-sleuthing, XDA was able to determine that itâ€™s very unlikely that the Google Pixel 5 will have the Snapdragon 865. However, it wasnâ€™t able to specifically determine with any certainty what processor would be in the phone instead.
XDAâ€™s guess based on the available evidence is that there could be a Snapdragon 765 in the new Pixel. This would line up very well with the expected price of the phone and would also allow for the Pixel 5 to be 5G-capable, which Google would need to stay competitive.
The SD765 also has two related processors, though: the Snapdragon 765G and the Snapdragon 768G. The former is a gaming-centric version of the processor while the latter is a slightly upgraded version of that. Since all three use the same sockets and software, Google could (theoretically) offer any of them in the Google Pixel 5 without needing to alter much when it comes to software and hardware.
It canâ€™t be stressed enough that this is all rumor and speculation at the moment. All we know for certain at this point is that thereâ€™s a lot of evidence to suggest that there wonâ€™t be an SD865 in the Google Pixel 5 and the probable replacement for that would be an SD765/765G/768.
We expect the new Pixel to launch this Fall, though that could be pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.