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Tensor: Details of Google Pixel 6 series-bound custom silicon potentially revealed in new leak

Tensor could be a CPU powerhouse. (Source: Google)
Tensor could be a CPU powerhouse. (Source: Google)
Google's imminent flagship phones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, will be powered by Tensor, a semi-custom chipset manufactured by Samsung. Details of that chipset may have now surfaced, with information on ground hinting heavily at performance to dominate the Snapdragon 888.
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Much has been said about Google's upcoming flagship phones, the Pixel 6 series. The duo will be powered by a semi-custom chipset, Tensor, whose details have proven elusive so far. A new leak, however, has thrown some light on what appears to be a custom chipset made by Google. Tensor, perhaps?

As revealed by leaker Digital Chat Station, this new chipset looks to be developed in-house by Google, and can be expected to outperform the Snapdragon 888. It does so rather heavy-handedly, thanks to two Cortex-X1 cores clocked at 2.80 GHz. For some perspective, the Exynos 2100 and Snapdragon 888 both have lone Cortex-X1 cores, clocked at 2.91 GHz and 2.84 GHz respectively. With that in mind, this chipset should offer much better peak CPU performance than those two. 

The two X1 cores are joined by four cores clocked at 1.80 GHz, and two clocked at 2.25 GHz. The onboard GPU is solid as well: ARM's Mali G78. That's the same GPU on the Exynos 2100, which implies we're not looking at a next-gen chipset here. Previous information already indicates that Tensor, made by Samsung, is positioned somewhat between the Exynos 2100 and Exynos 2200, but perhaps leaning towards the former. That mostly matches the specifications of this chipset. While that is speculation, it would mean that the Pixel 6 series will be equipped with a rather powerful chipset which should dominate the Snapdragon 888 in CPU performance at the very least.

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Ricci Rox, 2021-09-11 (Update: 2021-09-11)