13 September 2022
Google's next-gen lineup of smartphones i.e. Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are set to arrive with the Tensor G2 chipset. It will be the second-gen processor and a direct successor to last year's Tensor chip seen on the Pixel 6 series and Pixel 6a. We keep hearing rumors about what to expect from the new chipset, and we now have fresh leaks offering more details.
Kuba Wojciechowski, a well-known developer, examined the recently spotted Pixel 7 Pro Geekbench benchmark test result. His tweet reveals that fans expecting significant performance upgrades will be left disappointed. The alleged Tensor G2 chipset is said to have continued with the same CPU setup as its soon-to-be predecessor. It means users will see the same dual Cortex-X1 cores, four Cortex-A76 cores, and four Cortex-A55 cores.
The only difference is a slight increase in the clock speed. The X1 cores will clock at 2.85GHz (previously 2.8GHz) and the A76 cores will clock at 2.35GHz (previously 2.25GHz). It means there is an increment of 50MHz and 100MHz respectively. Google is already rumored to have moved from the 5nm processor to 4nm which should also help with a performance boost. The test result showed an improvement of about 10%.
However, the good news is Google is at least upgrading the GPU on the new processor. It is said to have opted for Mali-G710 GPU which is a significant upgrade over Mali-G78 MP20 we saw on the predecessor. The new GPU is the same one we have seen with the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 processor. It is claimed to be 20% faster at rendering graphics and about 35% faster at machine learning tasks.
This is pretty much what we know about the Tensor G2 chipset so far. There have been instances of faking Geekbench benchmark results in the past but Wojciechowski believes Pixel 7 Pro test listing was legit. He spotted the device's unique ID, a new kernel build, and unique CPU frequencies which suggest that the results were not tampered with. Nevertheless, we will keep you posted on all the new developments.