While we wait for Google to introduce the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro with the updated Tensor 2 chipset, we have news regarding the Pixel 8 Tensor 3 CPU.
According to GalaxyClub (via 9to5Google), Samsung and Google have been testing a Tensor 3 chipset. Ripcurrent is testing the third-generation chip.
The Tensor 2 has the model number S5P9855 (and is being tested on a board codenamed Cloudripper). The original Tensor chipset is S5P9845.
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We don’t know how much more powerful the Tensor 3 CPU will be, and we don’t know much about the Tensor 2 other that it’ll power the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
There will be performance and AI processing advancements, but it’s interesting that Google is continuing to work with Samsung on these chips. Samsung’s Exynos chips could power future tensor computers.
GalaxyClub reports that Exynos 1380, the successor to the Exynos 1280 used in various mid-range Samsung phones, is under development (like the Samsung Galaxy A53).
The original Tensor chipset has a lot going for it, but it can’t compete with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or the A15 Bionic CPU in the iPhone 13.
Google can tailor its own silicon, developed with Samsung, for its Pixel phones. So, that entails ensuring the correct infrastructure for Google Assistant and Pixel’s sophisticated photo processing.
The original Tensor chip powers face identification and live translation on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Hence, a smartphone will very likely incorporate Tensor 3.
Even if benchmark numbers aren’t the most significant component of a mobile processor’s performance, Google will still want a flagship that can stay up with its competition.