Google’s Tensor Trails Behind A12 Bionic But Still Packs a Punch

by in Technology | Oct, 27th 2021

The newly minted Tensor SoC has garnered a lot of attention and, well, with good reason — it’s Google’s first-ever in-house chipset and has been talked up quite a bit. Interestingly enough, though, it’s not exactly a powerhouse as it’s actually weaker than even the A12 Bionic from Apple — an SoC from Q3 2018. 

Hardly anything worth writing home about. The A12 has it beat in both single- and multi-core performance which, frankly, is not a good look

Numbers No Longer Matter as Much

Fortunately, we’ve gone past the point of diminishing returns, so even the A12 Bionic is more than sufficient than the Tensor for a phenomenal user experience on a daily. Moreover, Google was never trying to compete with the best SoCs on the market regarding sheer horsepower. Instead, its engineers were focused more on optimization rather than winning benchmarks. They’ve spoken about this approach as well, and, frankly, it’s a breath of fresh air. Whether they opted for this route because they knew they wouldn’t be able to trade blows with the Snapdragons and Bionics of the world is less important as they’ve still created a wholly impressive SoC, one that will no doubt perform incredibly well for the years to come.

With Tensor, it’s all about Google’s tight software and hardware integration, along with the many ways in which it can harness the power of machine learning and AI. These things matter immensely as they’re always working in the background, making things as smooth as possible.

Moreover, all other flagship SoCs pale compared to Apple’s silicon — that’s old news at this point. The important thing is that Tensor can, in fact, trade blows with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 (without running nearly as hot) and Samsung’s Exynos 2100. It’s a close fight, and Tensor even wins out in the GPU department, so if you’re super into mobile gaming (and don’t need any of the bells and whistles that dedicated gaming phones bring to the table). It might just be the way to go!

Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have thus far garnered praise for their value, appropriate pricing, and overall performance. If you’re in the market for a well-rounded Android phone — one that has a killer camera system and a truly next-gen feature set — you really can’t go wrong with either!


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