Pixel 7 Pro benchmark points to Tensor G2 CPU and GPU specs

Pixel 7 Pro benchmark points to Tensor G2 CPU and GPU specs
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A new benchmark has surfaced that gives us a better idea of ​​the Pixel 7 Pro’s specs, particularly the CPU and GPU improvements in the Google Tensor G2 chip.

We’re all really looking forward to the launch of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro to be properly showcased at Google Hardware event on October 6th. Google already gave us an early introduction to the phones at Google I/O, but some details are yet to be confirmed.

One of the biggest mysteries has been the upcoming “Tensor G2” chip, which is said to be the second generation of the Google Tensor chip developed in collaboration with Samsung. After a strong debut in the Pixel 6 series, albeit one that has lagged behind the competition over the past year, many have wondered where Google will take the Tensor line next.

Thanks to some expert digging by Android developers Kuba Wojciechowski On Twitter we now have strong evidence of what the Pixel 7 Pro and its Tensor G2 chip will bring to the table performance-wise. But first we need to go through a disclaimer as a lot of the new information is from a new one Geekbench listing for the Pixel 7 Pro.

It should be noted that it is fairly easy to spoof the information reported by Geekbench. That said, there are some subtle details – which our team has also reviewed and confirmed – that suggest this Pixel 7 Pro benchmark is legit. Still, these details should be taken with a grain of salt.

Looking at the details, it looks like Google hasn’t changed much on the CPU cores used between last year’s Tensor and this year’s Tensor G2. From what can be stitched together, it uses the same combination of two Cortex-X1 cores, two Cortex-A76 cores, and four Cortex-A55 cores, albeit at slightly higher clock speeds. These slightly increased speeds combined with the smaller ones 4 nm die size seem to improve the Tensor G2 and Pixel 7 Pro’s multi-core benchmark by about 10%.

While this may seem disappointing at first, it’s possible that this works best as raw performance isn’t what we’re looking for the Pixel 7 to improve on. As my colleague stressed Ben Schoon, Pixel 7 and Tensor G2 need to catch up on the work done by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 in terms of heat reduction and power efficiency. As Cuba speculatesIt’s possible – albeit far from confirmed – that this design could help achieve this level of efficiency.

Where, however, the Pixel 7 Pro’s Tensor G2 specs to gets a significant boost in its GPU switching from the Mali-G78 to the Mali-G710. This new GPU is being offered 20% better performance, 20% better power efficiency and even 35% better for machine learning, a key focus of the Tensor line.

In this sense, there are also signs that Google intends to put a next generation of its Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) – codenamed “Janeiro” – into the Tensor G2, which should give the Pixel 7 series another boost. One last detail, almost confirmed by the benchmark, is that the Pixel 7 Pro will likely have 12GB of RAM, just like the Pixel 6 Pro.

All in all, it looks like the Tensor G2 might not make the Pixel 7 Pro an incredibly exciting update in terms of specs for Pixel 6 series owners, but the iterative upgrades could make for a more consistent experience. For those waiting for Google to “figure things out” with its fledgling Tensor line of chips, this might just be what you’ve been looking for.

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