Google has announced that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro handsets are on the way and has set an October 6 date for the big reveal – but there’s still a lot we don’t know about these phones. A new benchmark leaked on the web may have filled in some details for us.
According to Android developer Kuba Wojciechowski (opens in new tab) (through 9to5Google (opens in new tab)), who saw a Geekbench listing for the Pixel 7 Pro: the upcoming phone’s chipset should offer an overall performance boost of around 10% over the Pixel 6-series Tensor processors. have improvements of up to 20%.
This graphical upgrade should make the Pixel 7 phones significantly better at gaming and computational photography, although everyday phone tasks aren’t as fast. Don’t take this as official and confirmed just yet, especially since Geekbench scores are very easy to falsify.
Slower than the competition
While on paper the chipset upgrade in the Tensor 2 might not be all that impressive – something that has been rumored before – Wojciechowski argues that the manufacturing improvements will mean the Pixel 7 Pro (and Pixel 7) will be more energy efficient. That means longer battery life and higher performance speeds more often.
While admitting that the second-generation Tensor chip is “much slower than the competition” in these benchmark scores, Wojciechowski also points out that “thermal solutions, software optimization, and miscellaneous components also play an important role in delivering good UX and performance.” .
Another detail of this benchmark leak is that the Pixel 7 Pro will likely feature 12GB of RAM, like the Google Pixel 6 Pro before it. Once we have these phones ready for testing, we’ll be able to let you know exactly how the performance levels compare to the 2021 generation of Pixels.
Analysis: life in the real world
While benchmarks can certainly be useful for measuring a phone’s raw performance, they don’t necessarily simulate how consumers actually use their phones on a day-to-day basis. In other words, we’re not too concerned that the Tensor 2 chipset feels like a relatively minor upgrade.
The processor is expected to be based on the 4nm (nanometer) architecture – which essentially means more computing power in a smaller space. It should perform better without consuming as much heat compared to the 5nm chipset inside the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6a.
It also looks like Google is upgrading the TPU (Tensor Processing Unit) on this new chip. This means that AI-related tasks, including speech recognition and the Magic Eraser tool, will be handled better and run faster. This will potentially have more of an impact on how the phone feels when using.
It could be argued that modern flagship phones have processors with performance levels that most consumers don’t need either. Apple just released the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus with chipsets nearly identical to the ones used in the 2021 iPhones, for example — and they’re still very fast.