American YouTuber Marques Brownlee made an important revelation that Google wanted to release a Pixel 5 smartphone with its new Tensor chip as far back as 2020 but decided not to go ahead with the plan.
Back in 2020, Google insisted it wanted to make the Pixel 5 affordable for its customers despite being a high-end device.
It, therefore, opted for a mid-range Snapdragon 765G chip which isn’t as powerful as the previous Snapdragon 855 on the Pixel 4 series.
But according to MKBHD in the video, he stated that Google had been working on the Tensor chipset for a very long time and wanted to release it earlier.
“They were actually planning on Pixel 5 being the first phone with Tensor. But then with Covid and the supply chain issues and a bunch of things getting in the way, at the last second they kinda had to bail on that,” Brownlee claimed.
“But they still wanted to drop a new phone, so they just put a Snapdragon 765G in it, shipped it, called it a day, and kept putting their heads down for Pixel 6.”
And if you consider the new Pixel 6, it’s somehow the most ideal Google Pixel smartphone.
Brownlee also said he had a talk with some top people at Google where he found out that the company was already planning to release the Tensor chip alongside the Pixel 5 series.
Another thing is the COVID-19 pandemic had an adverse impact on chipset supply globally.
Apart from the supply-chain impact, other economic turmoil globally made Google reconsider its stance with a high-end premium device with a US$1000+ price tag which is why it stuck with a mid-range chipset to keep the price low.