New Google Pixel will have 5G support thanks to Samsung

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Last updated: August 26th, 2021 at 14:12 UTC+01:00

The new Google Pixel phone was teased by the company itself. Google gave a glimpse of the Pixel 6 when the company announced its new Tensor chipset that will power the device. A new report reveals that the device is going to have support for 5G.

Samsung is going to supply the necessary components that add 5G support to the Pixel 6. Samsung and Google have worked closely on the power package for this device. So it’s not surprising that the Korean giant is bringing 5G to it as well.

Google Pixel 6 will use a Samsung 5G modem

Previous reports have highlighted that Google’s new Tensor SoC is going to be manufactured by Samsung on its 5nm process. The chipset itself was previously rumored as an unreleased Samsung Exynos processor. The Pixel 6’s cameras might also have Samsung’s ISOCELL sensors.

Citing two sources familiar with the matter, Reuters reports that Google is going to use a Samsung 5G modem for the Pixel 6. This shows how significant the collaboration between both companies has been for this device.

Instead of using a Qualcomm 5G modem, Google chose one from Samsung. Previous Google Pixel flagships have used Qualcomm chipsets but the company has preferred Samsung’s help for the SoC too.

Three companies are the main suppliers of 5G modems for mobile devices – Samsung, Qualcomm and MediaTek. Samsung’s next-gen 5G modem is going to support millimeter wave 5G technology as well. Google has previously confirmed that the Pixel 6 will support mmWave.

Qualcomm remains the leading supplier of 5G modems for mobile devices. Google’s decision to go with Samsung’s modem will enable the Korean company to expand its footprint in this market. It’s also a major vote of confidence from Google that might push other OEMs to consider Samsung modems in their smartphones as well.

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