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ARMs Race | Google’s Pixel 6 Tensor silicon may outperform Snapdragon 888

Google recently unveiled its next Pixel phones, the Pixel 6 series, powered by its own in-house chip called Tensor. Google now join’s Apple, Samsung and Microsoft in designing custom chips for their devices. Tensor will be the companies first system-on-a-chip-technology marking a major achievement from a massive investment and as a new rumor suggests Tensor could be a major contender.

Say hello to Google Pixel 6

Tensor will be about more than just traditional computing power, it will focus on advanced AI and ML (Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning) to “unlock specific experiences for Pixel users.” That being said, leaker Digital Chat Station says Pixel 6 may outperform Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888-equipped phones. Based on our recent reports, Google’s Tensor may actually be the Exynos 9855 that “never saw the light of day” according to GalaxyClub. The Exynos 9855 is believed to sit just under the Exynos 9925 also called Exynos 2200 that may ship with Samsung’s international Galaxy S22. They also said that Exynos bore another codename: Whitechapel.

relates to Google’s New Pixel Phones Feature a Processor Designed In-House

The Whitechapel codename is significant because it has been the codename for GS101 or as we know it today, Tensor. So based on what we know about Exynos 9855, it sits between Exynos 2100 and Exynos 2200. The Exynos 2200 with the AMD Radeon RDNA2-based GPU is believed to be geared not only for Galaxy S22 but tablets like Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Books as well.

To put these chip models in context, here is how Exynos 2100 does against Snapdragon 888:

Exynos 2100Snapdragon 888
Coresx1 Exynos-X1 @ 2.9GHz

x3 Cortex-A78 @ 2.8GHz

x4 Cortex-A55 @ 2.2GHz
x1 Cortex-X1 @ 2.84 GHz

x3 Cortex-A78 @ 2.42GHz

x4 Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz
GPUARM Mali-G78Adreno 660 @ 800MHz
AI Co-processorTri-core NPUHexagon 780
ModemExynos 5123
Downloads up to 7.3Gbps (mmWave)

5.1Gbps (sub-6GHz)

3Gbps (4G LTE)

uploads up to 422 Mbps
X60 modem

7.5Gbps over 5G

3Gbps over LTE
Single-core benchmark10881104
Multi-core benchmark34752913

If Google manages to outperform Qualcomm with the help of Samsung on their first try that will certainly be a game changer and could also bode well for Samsung’s Galaxy S22 possibly powered by Samsung’s own Exynos chip for all markets this year.

A former industry insider and tech industry enthusiast.

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