By | September 17, 2022
Google Pixel 7 Pro benchmark points to CPU and GPU specs of Tensor G2

A new benchmark has surfaced that gives us a better idea of ​​the Pixel 7 Pro’s specs, specifically the CPU and GPU improvements in the Google Tensor G2 chip.

We’re all looking forward to the launch of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, which will be properly showcased at Google’s Hardware event October 6. Google already gave us an early introduction to the phones, back at Google I/O, but quite a few details have yet to be confirmed.

One of the bigger mysteries has been the upcoming “Tensor G2” chip, which will be the second generation of the Google Tensor chip created in collaboration with Samsung. After making a strong debut in the Pixel 6 series, albeit one that has since lagged behind the competition over the past year, many have been wondering where Google will take the Tensor line next.

Thanks to some expert digging by the Android developer Cuba Wojciechowski on Twitter, we now have strong evidence of what the Pixel 7 Pro and its Tensor G2 chip will bring to the table, performance-wise. First though, we need to go through a bit of a disclaimer, as much of the new information comes from a new one Geekbench listing for Pixel 7 Pro.

It should be noted that it is quite easy to falsify the information reported by Geekbench. That said, there are quite a few nice details – which our team has also reviewed and confirmed – that point to this Pixel 7 Pro benchmark being legit. Still, these details should be taken with a grain of salt.

Digging into the details, it looks like Google hasn’t changed much in the CPU cores used between last year’s Tensor and this year’s Tensor G2. From what can be pieced together, it uses the same combination of two Cortex-X1 cores, two Cortex-A76 cores and four Cortex-A55 cores, albeit at slightly higher clock speeds. Those slightly increased speeds combined with the smaller ones 4nm die size used seems to improve the Tensor G2 and Pixel 7 Pro multi-core benchmark by about 10%.

While this may seem disappointing at first, it’s possible that this could work out for the best, as raw performance isn’t what we’re looking for the Pixel 7 to improve upon. Like my colleague Ben Schoon pointed out, the Pixel 7 and the Tensor G2 need to catch up to the work the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 did in terms of heat reduction and power efficiency. As Cuba is speculatingit’s possible – though far from confirmed – that this design could help make that level of efficiency happen.

However, where the Pixel 7 Pro’s Tensor G2 specs do get a significant boost is in its GPU, which switches from Mali-G78 to Mali-G710. This new GPU is set to offer 20% better performance, 20% better energy efficiency and even 35% better for machine learning, one of the main focuses of the Tensor line.

On that note, there are also signs that Google intends to include a next generation of its Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) – codenamed “Janeiro” – in the Tensor G2, which should provide another boost to the Pixel 7 series. One last detail that is all but confirmed by the benchmark is that the Pixel 7 Pro will likely have 12GB of RAM just like the Pixel 6 Pro.

Overall, it looks like the Tensor G2 might not make the Pixel 7 Pro an incredibly exciting update in terms of specs for owners of the Pixel 6 series, but the iterative upgrades could make for a more consistent experience. For those waiting for Google to get things “figured out” with its burgeoning Tensor line of chips, this could be just what you’ve been looking for.

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