Google’s Tensor SoC Might Be More Powerful Than We Initially Believed


by in General | Sep, 14th 2021

As it turns out, Google’s Tensor SoC might be a lot more powerful than initial leaks and benchmarks had led us to believe. This information should still be taken with a bit of reserve, but it nonetheless warrants a more thorough analysis.

This peculiar SoC — developed by none other than Samsung — has been quite hard to assess in terms of its power and overall potential. The main reason why is rather simple: Google is all about optimization and the nuanced interplay between hardware and software. Having the most powerful chipset on the market wouldn’t necessarily translate to a good (or optimal) user experience. Instead, it is a balancing act that has to prioritize battery life while also providing incredible performance on the daily.

Now, as we inch closer to the release of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, many interesting details have started to emerge. According to leaker Digital Chat Station, Google’s Tensor SoC is going to outperform Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 — in no small part because of its two Cortex-X1 cores which are clocked at 2.80 GHz. These two cores are joined by an additional four (running at 1.80 GHz) and two more running at 2.25 GHz. Now, take these numbers with a grain of salt until we lay our eyes on some real-world benchmarks, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t say that they look mighty impressive.

Moreover, Google’s Tensor SoC seems to be packing a beastly GPU as well: Mali G78, the same one that can be found in Samsung’s Exynos 2100. Previous reports mentioned that Tensor would benchmark somewhere between the Exynos 2100 and 2200 (the one with RDNA 2 graphics) and, based on everything that we know at this point, that definitely seems to be the case. In other words: don’t expect any “next-gen” graphics performance. Fortunately, the Mali G78 is more than sufficient for basically any game you might throw its way, so it’s not like you’ll lack the graphical oomph to game on the go.

A Promising Sign of What’s to Come


No one ever thought that Google’s Tensor SoC would flop in any which way, but initial reports did paint this novel chipset in a rather underwhelming light. Fortunately, it seems that Google didn’t want to leave anything to chance and has opted for an SoC that is both incredibly powerful and “malleable” in terms of its potential.

Software optimization is great and all, but in certain workflows and use-case scenarios, you just want as much “oomph” as you can get, and by the looks of it, Google’s Tensor is going to deliver. And, well, if you’re going to splurge upwards of ±$1000 on a phone, you might as well get your money’s worth!

For an enjoyable Android experience (one that will in no way deteriorate and worsen over time), a device needs to deliver both in terms of hardware and software, and it seems that these upcoming Pixel phones will provide a most potent blend of both.

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