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Google Tensor G2: Performance details for Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro leak with significant GPU improvements

The Pixel 7 series will be smaller than its predecessors. (Image source: Google)
The Pixel 7 series will be smaller than its predecessors. (Image source: Google)
Details about the Google Tensor G2 have emerged online just under a month before its official introduction. Debuting in the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro, the Google Tensor G2 will arrive with a 4 nm process and an upgraded GPU.

Kuba Wojciechowski has shared plenty of information about Tensor G2, the chipset that Google has already confirmed will power the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. For reference, Google will announce the Tensor G2 on October 6 in the Pixel 7 series, alongside the Pixel Watch. While Google has not shared any performance numbers yet, Wojciechowski suggests that the Tensor G2 will follow in the A16 Bionic's footsteps by offering a modest uplift from last year's Google Tensor. A leaked Geekbench listing underlines this, screenshots of which we have embedded below.

Specifically, the Pixel 7 Pro outperforms its predecessor by approximately 7% in Geekbench's multi-core benchmark. However, the former's score of 1068 in the single-core benchmark is just 10 points shy of what our Pixel 6 Pro review unit managed in the same test. Purportedly, the reason behind this is that the Tensor G2 utilises an identical but slightly overclocked set of cores as its predecessor. Hence, the Tensor G2 has two ARM Cortex-X1 prime cores complemented by two Cortex-A76 cores and four Cortex-A55 cores.

Conversely, the Tensor G2 also contains the Mali-G710, a significantly more powerful GPU than the Mali-G78 found in the Google Tensor. Assuming the Mali-G710 is the same 10-pipeline configuration that MediaTek uses in the Dimensity 9000, then the Tensor G2 should offer 1.5x the graphics performance of the Google Tensor. For context, ARM boasts a 20% performance improvement between these GPUs, as well as 35% superior machine learning capabilities. Moreover, the switch to a 4 nm process from the 5 nm one on which the Google Tensor is built could yield up to 20% efficiency gains. Overall, the Tensor G2 appears to be a more rounded option than its predecessor, although its CPU performance may still be a generation or two behind its competitors.

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(Image source: Geekbench)
(Image source: Geekbench)
(Image source: Geekbench)
(Image source: Geekbench)

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Alex Alderson, 2022-09-19 (Update: 2022-09-19)