A new benchmark has appeared that provides us with more information on the specifications of the Pixel 7 Pro, especially the enhancements made to the CPU and GPU in the Google Tensor G2 processor. We’re all eagerly awaiting the release of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, which will be fully unveiled on October 6 at Google’s hardware event. Even though Google gave us a sneak peek at the phones at Google I/O, there are still a lot of unconfirmed details.
The impending “Tensor G2” chip, which is anticipated to be the second generation of the Google Tensor chip developed in partnership with Samsung, has been one of the major mysteries. Many have been wondering where Google will take the Tensor line next after making a great debut in the Pixel 6 series, albeit one that has since fallen behind the competition over the last year.
Kuba Wojciechowski, an Android developer, did some thorough research on Twitter, and as a result, we now have convincing proof of the performance that the Pixel 7 Pro and its Tensor G2 CPU will provide. But first, a small caveat is necessary because a lot of the fresh data comes from a brand-new Pixel 7 Pro listing on Geekbench.
It should be noted that the data produced by Geekbench is quite simple to fake. Nevertheless, there are a number of minor characteristics that hint to the validity of this Pixel 7 Pro benchmark, which our team has also examined and confirmed. Nevertheless, these specifics need to be viewed with a grain of salt.
Google did not make many changes to the CPU cores used in the Tensor G2 between last year and this year.
Using the identical configuration of two Cortex-X1 cores, two Cortex-A76 cores, and four Cortex-A55 cores, albeit at significantly faster clock speeds, is what can be deduced from the available information. The Tensor G2 and Pixel 7 Pro multi-core benchmark appears to have improved by roughly 10% as a result of the somewhat increased speeds paired with the reduced 4nm die size being employed.
Despite the initial disappointment, it’s possible that this will turn out for the best because the Pixel 7 won’t be improving on raw performance. The Pixel 7 and Tensor G2 need to catch up to the work the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 did in terms of heat reduction and power efficiency, as my colleague Ben Schoon pointed out. It’s feasible, though far from certain, that this design could aid in achieving that degree of efficiency, as Kuba hypothesised.
The GPU of the Pixel 7 Pro, which goes from the Mali-G78 to the Mali-G710, is where the Tensor G2 specifications do see a considerable improvement. The performance, power efficiency, and even machine learning performance of this new GPU, which is one of the main objectives of the Tensor series, are expected to improve by 20%, 20%, and even 35%, respectively.
There are hints that Google may add a new version of its Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), code-named “Janeiro,” to the Tensor G2, which should give the Pixel 7 series an additional boost. The test very certainly confirms one more detail: the Pixel 7 Pro will probably have 12 GB of RAM, much as the Pixel 6 Pro.
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