Consumers were disappointed by the Pixel 5 series of smartphones launched last year due to the poor performance of Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon processor. As for the Pixel 6 series smartphones scheduled to be released this fall, Google has hinted that they will be equipped with flagship custom chips. The latest news is that as the release date approaches, the news about the running points of the Pixel 6/6 Pro smartphone has also begun to become denser.
As early as August, Google has shared many details about Pixel 6. Among them, the most interesting is the custom Tensor custom chip that has been rumored since 2020. Although the official commercial name of this SoC is not yet known, there are rumors that it is a collaboration between Samsung and Google. Earlier, it was expected that it would adopt the new ARM Cortex-X1 reference design like other flagship chips in 2021.
However, the recently exposed Geekbench 5 benchmark test revealed that the Pixel 6 series of smartphones will use an unusual 8-core Tensor SoC configuration-including 2 Cortex-X1, 2 Cortex-A76, and 4 Cortex-A55 cores. The two high-performance X1 cores really made us excited. However, the old A76 core has made many people full of doubts about the actual performance/power performance of the customized Tensor chip.
As a reference, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 flagship SoC used in flagship smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S21 has selected a Cortex-X1 high-performance core, three Cortex-A78 performance cores, and four Cortex-A55 energy-saving core configurations. Even so, the custom Tensor chip on Pixel 6/6 Pro is still expected to compete with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888/Samsung Exynos 2100 SoC at the same level at least the Geekbench 5 benchmark score has shown this.
Unfortunately, like the Snapdragon 888/Exynos 2100, the Google Tensor chip still cannot be the same as the A15 Bionic on the iPhone 13 series smartphones officially released this fall. Finally, considering that this is the first custom SoC created by Google, we can expect the company to bring more and more surprises in the next few years. Interested friends can pay attention to the Google autumn hardware conference that will be announced in a few weeks.