Final 12 months, again earlier than Google was conspicuously attempting to chop prices in its telephones, the Pixel Four included a chip known as the Pixel Neural Core. The particular {hardware} ostensibly helped with a lot of duties like machine studying and always-on listening. However a have a look at the Pixel 5’s spec sheet reveals the Neural Core is nowhere to be discovered.

On the now-retired Pixel 4’s official specifications page, beneath Processors, you possibly can see the Pixel Neural Core listed. The spec sheets for the Pixel 5 (and Pixel 4a 5G, for that matter) do not embody it. One of many chip’s main capabilities was to energy the Pixel 4’s IR face unlock, and contemplating the Pixel 5 nixed that function, it isn’t fully stunning to see it go. Nonetheless, Google’s digicam group informed us final 12 months that it was utilized in half within the Pixel 4’s imaging pipeline — so it will be fascinating to see what, if any, impact the loss has on the Pixel 5’s photograph chops.

In a non-public Q&A session, the Pixel {hardware} group informed Android Police that by means of optimization, it was capable of get related digicam efficiency out of simply the Pixel 5’s Snapdragon 765G chip because it was the Pixel 4’s Snapdragon 855-Neural Core combo, so it sounds just like the omission isn’t any nice loss. We’ll remember to replace this text with any extra data we obtain.