As we patiently wait for the full launch of the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, complete with the updated Tensor 2 chipset, we have news about the Tensor 3 CPU that will likely power the Pixel 8 when it launches next year.
According GalaxyClub (opens in new tab) (through 9to5Google (opens in new tab)), Samsung and Google are already testing an updated Tensor chipset, whose logic dictates it will be called Tensor 3. The third-generation chip apparently has model number S5P9865 and is being tested on a developer board codenamed Ripcurrent.
This distinguishes it from the Tensor 2, which is believed to have the model number S5P9855 (and is being tested on a board codenamed Cloudripper). The original Tensor chipset has model number S5P9845, so you can see the pattern.
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What we don’t have here is any indication of how much more powerful the Tensor 3 CPU is likely to be – and we don’t actually know much about the Tensor 2 at this point, except that it will be powering the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
There will no doubt be some performance upgrades and even more in AI processing power, but it’s notable that Google continues to partner with Samsung on these chips as the Pixel lineup moves forward. Tensor processors are believed to be based on Samsung Exynos technology.
Speaking of Exynos, the GalaxyClub report also claims that a chip likely to be the Exynos 1380 is also in development, the successor to the Exynos 1280 that is currently found in a number of mid-range Samsung phones (like the Samsung Galaxy A53).
While the original Tensor chipset has a lot to offer, it’s fair to say it doesn’t match chipsets like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or the A15 Bionic processor you’ll find inside the iPhone 13 right now.
However, developing its own silicon in partnership with Samsung means Google can customize it very specifically for the needs of its Pixel phones. That means ensuring the architecture is suitable for the AI processing needed to accomplish tasks with Google Assistant and the Pixel’s advanced photo processing capabilities.
For example, we know that the original Tensor chip helps with face detection when taking photos and powers the live translation feature available on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Expect more of the same with the Tensor 3 when it eventually appears inside a phone, likely next year.
Even assuming the perspective that benchmark scores aren’t the most important part of a mobile processor’s performance, Google is still going to want a flagship that can keep up with its competitors, and it will be interesting to see how the new chip performs on that one. respect.