Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro: don’t expect a huge performance boost

A developer thinks he has got his hands on the technical details of the new Tensor G2 chip, expected on the next Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. And the least we can say is that this processor would not be a revolution in itself.

Google Pixel 7 + Pixel 7 Pro Early Hands On 2-29 screenshot
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On October 6, Google will hold its Made by Google conference to present a whole slew of new products. Among them, the long-awaited Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, which are slowly but surely revealing themselves through leaks and other indiscretions. The latest is their new processor, the Google Tensor G2.

Developer Kuba Wojciechowski thinks he got his hands on the technical details of the chip, via a file unearthed on Geekbench corresponding to an alleged Pixel 7 Pro. Several lessons can be drawn from the advanced elements. First, and based on published information, the Tensor G2 would not be a revolution in itself.

Same configuration, or almost

Indeed, this SoC could borrow the same configuration as the first Tensor of the name, with two high-performance Cortex-X1 cores, two other intermediate Cortex-A76 cores and finally four very low-power Cortex-A55 cores. But then, where would the differences really lie?

First of all, the full data file reveals the model of the big cores. The model ID is 3396/0xD44, which corresponds to a Cortex-X1 [3], just like last year. Together with the A55 core leak, we can safely assume that the config has not changed and it’s still 2xX1 + 2xA76 + 4xA55.

— Kuba Wojciechowski⚡ (@Za_Raczke) September 16, 2022

The Californian giant would simply have overclocked its cores with a higher clock frequency. At least for the X1 and A76 cores – the A55s would benefit from the same frequency. The Cortex-X1s would jump from 2.8 GHz to 2.85 GHz, while the Cortex-A76s would jump from 2.25 GHz to 2.35 GHz.

Another change to take into account: the finer engraving fineness, 4 Nm instead of 5 Nm on the first Tensor of the name. All of these small improvements would increase overall performance by 10-15%, points out Android Authority. In short, nothing extraordinary either.

A probable change of GPU

Because we indeed expect a deeper upgrade from one generation to another. Here, the Tensor G2 should stay in the same vein with modest optimizations. It’s a shame, because we would have liked Google to beef up its game in this particular area, after a decent Tensor 1, but behind the competition.

In addition, the Google Tensor G2 could also opt for a Mali-G710 GPU – the same found on the Mediatek Dimensity 9000 – instead of a Mali-G78, in order to improve graphics performance and efficiency. energy by 20%. In any case, we will have to carry out our own tests to establish new conclusions about it.

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