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Strange Google Pixel 6 Pro Tensor SoC configuration differences on Geekbench result in sizeable performance disparity

The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro could be released in October. (Image source: Google/Geekbench - edited)
The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro could be released in October. (Image source: Google/Geekbench - edited)
Two alleged Google Pixel 6 Pro records on Geekbench have revealed different configurations for the Tensor SoC that subsequently results in a substantial performance difference. While the newer record shows the supposed Pixel 6 Pro benching with two X1 cores, the one-day older appearance depicts a single X1 core with faster support cores.
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It’s worth noting from the off that Geekbench records are often fiddled with by unscrupulous users, so take the following Google Pixel 6 Pro results with a pinch of salt. The Tensor core configuration that has just been reported on features in the latest Geekbench appearance, with the 12 GB Pixel 6 Pro in this listing sporting an ARMv8 SoC with 2x cores @2.84 GHz (ARM Cortex-X1), 2x cores @2.25 GHz (A78), and 4x cores @1.80 GHz (A55). The single-core and multi-core scores shown in this listing are rather muted and would not disturb the high scores produced by Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100-sporting smartphones.

However, a slightly older Geekbench listing for the Google Pixel 6 Pro does show the sort of performance eager purchasers would be expecting from this flagship smartphone. It also shows a different Tensor configuration that matches the “Exynos 9855” we reported about in August. This SoC sports just a single X1 core @2.84 GHz but is backed up by 3x powerful cores @2.42 GHz and then 4x efficiency cores @1.80 GHz. The single-core and multi-core scores produced in this particular benchmark run are much more competitive against the SD 888 and Exynos 2100. In the name box for the CPU information section, there are the telling words "ARM Qualcomm".

It’s possible the most recent listing for the Pixel 6 Pro has been doctored, as it certainly doesn’t look like it could rival high-end flagship smartphones based on this performance. To put it in percentages, the 1x3x4x configuration of the Google device pulled out scores that were a massive +112.80% (single) and +41.66% (multi) greater than those managed by the alleged 2x2x4x variant. The higher scores would put the Pixel 6 Pro rubbing shoulders with Samsung Galaxy flagships and premium devices from Xiaomi, while the lower scores would actually place it below the Google Pixel 3 with SD 845 in Geekbench’s single-core chart.

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Pixel 6 Pro 2x2x4x (Image source: Geekbench)
Pixel 6 Pro 2x2x4x (Image source: Geekbench)
Pixel 6 Pro 1x3x4x (Image source: Geekbench)
Pixel 6 Pro 1x3x4x (Image source: Geekbench)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-09-12 (Update: 2021-09-13)