Pixel 5/4a 5G Neural Core

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


It has been confirmed that Google's Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G smartphones do not have the Pixel Neural Core (PNC) co-processor. There is no mention of it in the spec sheet, and furthermore, international media outlet Android Police confirmed the absence in a Q&A session at the launch event.

The Pixel Neural Core is the co-processor that was used in Pixel 4, which is supposed to help the main processor work. Its main role was to power the IR camera for the facial recognition feature. In that respect, the Pixel 5 has eliminated the face recognition feature, so the absence of the Pixel Neural Core won't have any impact on it.

However, the Pixel Neural Core is also used for camera image processing and Google Assistant optimization/acceleration, so there are concerns about the impact on that. In response, a Google representative explained that this is because the Snapdragon 765G's software processing produced similar camera processing results.

Increases in software processing performance that eliminate the need for dedicated devices (and dedicated processors) have always been a trend in the computing world, and the Pixel 5/4a 5G seems to be a good example of this, simplifying the internal workings of smartphones.

Source: Google 1, 2

Via: Android Police


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