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Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro GPU details emerge

The Pixel 6 series will feature an ARM Mali-G78 GPU. (Image source: OnLeaks)
The Pixel 6 series will feature an ARM Mali-G78 GPU. (Image source: OnLeaks)
Initial details on the GPU that Google has chosen for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have leaked. The GPU should represent a significant increase in performance compared to the Adreno 620 in the Pixel 5, and may be on par with the GPUs in the Exynos 2100 and Kirin 9000.

@akes29 has discovered the GPU that Google plans to use in its next Pixel smartphones. According to XDA Developers@akes29 found the GPU detail in a Google Issue Tracker comment, which you can read below. The comment refers to the P21, a codename thought to cover the Pixel 6 series. P21 has been seen in connection with GS101 too, seemingly a codename for Google's in-house SoC.

The comment includes a logcat that lists the P21's GPU as a Mali-G78, the GPU that Huawei and Samsung use in the Kirin 9000 and Exynos 2100, respectively. The ARM Mali-G78 supports up to 24 GPU cores, as seen with the Mali-G78 MP24 in multiple Huawei flagship smartphones using the Kirin 9000.

The ARM Mali-G78 supports up to 24 GPU cores. (Image source: ARM)
The ARM Mali-G78 supports up to 24 GPU cores. (Image source: ARM)

However, Samsung uses a 14 core version in the Exynos 2100, a comparison between which you can read here. In short, the MP24 consistently outscores the MP14ARM Mali-G78 MP14 GPU - Benchmarks and Specs in 3DMark, and by up to 78% in some cases.

The logcat does not reveal how many cores the P21's GPU has, nor its model number. Nonetheless, both Mali-G78 variants offer significantly better performance than the Pixel 5's Adreno 620 does. You can read a comparison between the MP14MP24 and Adreno 620 here. The Mali-G78 can outscore the Adreno 660 (Snapdragon 888) in benchmarks too, albeit only the 24-core variant.

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(Image source: Google Issue Tracker via XDA Developers)
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Alex Alderson, 2021-05-27 (Update: 2021-05-27)