The Pixel 7’s Tensor G2 chipset looks to be just a spruced-up version of the original SoC

We may have some reliable information on, of all things, a benchmark run

Source: Google

Google doesn’t like to put on a big show, but it’s an open secret that it has been working with Samsung to produce its custom Tensor SoC for its Pixel 6 line of phones. This year, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are expected to have a Tensor SoC. G2; Much has already been said about it. what to expect with that chip, but it looks like some new information is going to make things certain. But that’s not all we’re learning here.

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That information is courtesy of the developer. Kuba Wojciechowski on Twitter that tracked a recent Geekbench listing supposedly coming from a Pixel 7 Pro.

Long story short: It looks like the G2 will be built with upgraded versions of the same CPU cores as the original Tensor.

It had already been speculated that the chip would keep the Arm Cortex-A55 quad-core low power group as its low power group. New information from the Geekbench archive indicates that another group will also remain, the high-octane pair of Cortex-X1 (indicator was a part number reference). All things being equal, it’s very likely that Google won’t just swap out the mid-tier Cortex-A76 duo from the first Tensor.

Corresponding high and mid performance clusters were clocked in at marginally faster clock speeds and based on this single run of the Pixel 7 Pro, multi-core performance on the GS201 chipset appears to have benefited from a 10-15% increase vs. the GS101 in Pixel 6 Pro Geekbench runs.

Wojciechowski also found mentions of the Mali-G710 GPU replacing the G78, giving the SoC’s so-called Neural Focusing TPU a reliable partner in the graphics department with a 35% boost in machine learning performance. In addition to gaming, the developer says that the GPU also handles a good deal of the work for the device’s camera pipeline. The TPU, by the way, is also being upgraded.

There are several markers in the reference file that indicate the device was not spoofed: a unique kernel build; a characteristic version of Google’s firmware build with the prefix TD1A for a branch of Pixel devices, and; unique CPU clock rates to anything else in the Geekbench database.

Other improvements include a new modem, the Samsung S5300, which will provide support for access to both unlicensed spectrum and satellite reception via 5G, and tested support for 16GB of RAM (although this was probably done for further development). for a future Pixelbook, the development team for which it has been completely fired…so don’t expect much here).

In the larger landscape of mobile silicon, the Tensor G2 isn’t looking to keep up with next-generation chips in terms of sheer performance. That said, Google has a tendency to favor and the ability to improve on components it’s familiar with – Pixel cameras are just one example. Since Android 13 is a lesser upgrade for consumers, Google engineers may have a little less to do to improve the Pixel this year. Not much less, but still less overall.

And if you’re waiting for the Pixel 8 right now, here’s something to point out: Tensor G3 engineering samples, we’re calling it unofficially, but it’s supposedly better known as “zuma.” to Google. You know, because if it doesn’t work this time, there’s always next year.

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