Samsung-made chip to power Google’s Pixel 7 smartphone
Google is set to unveil the Pixel 7 line of smartphones in October 2022. It will also launch the Pixel Watch and Pixel tablet at the event. Ahead of launch, Google has confirmed that it will be the Samsung-made Tensor G2 chip that will power the upcoming Pixel smartphones. Google co-developed it with help from Samsung’s System LSI arm, and the chip was made by Samsung Foundry. Although there are reports that Samsung is already working on the third generation Tensor chipset, with the latest confirmation we can now have a safe guess of the name of this Tensor chip.
Google previously revealed some basic information about its new Pixel 7 phones earlier in the year.
In May, the tech giant previewed its next high-end smartphones, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, which received a new camera design and will feature Google’s own custom-designed processor chips. to power devices.
Google didn’t reveal anything about its specs at the event, but it won’t be long before we get confirmation on that, with an upcoming live-streamed event that should shed even more light on the upcoming flagship smartphones.
Here’s everything you need to know.
When will the Google Pixel 7 finally be unveiled?
Google revealed on September 6 that the next hardware event for Pixel 7 phones will take place on Thursday, 6th October 2022 in the UK.
The Pixel 7 so far?
Google unveiled a whole new look for its smartphones with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, and with the surprise drop of some Pixel 7 images earlier this year, it’s clear it’s not trying to reinvent the wheel with the Pixel 7.
Both phones have a similar design except for a slightly tweaked camera module that now wraps directly into the frame of the phone and highlights the individual sensors more prominently.
It’s been reported that the standard Pixel 7 will measure 155.6 x 73.1 x 8.7mm, making it quite a bit smaller in all dimensions than the heavy Pixel 6.
On the Pro side, approximate dimensions of 163 x 76.6 x 8.7mm put it in the same ballpark as the 6 Pro is slightly thinner.
In terms of internals, Google’s use of its proprietary Tensor processors has been a major talking point with Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
Samsung created the original Tensor and is reportedly ready to mass-produce the second-generation Tensor 2 using 4nm technology, which is expected to appear in the Pixel 7.
However, we may not see a significant performance improvement – due to the way it is manufactured and the “architecture” of the chip, the Tensor 2 will most likely only have minimal CPU improvements compared to the first generation.
However, Google still has room to improve GPU performance, not to mention machine learning, which was clearly the company’s focus with the first Tensor.
We can therefore still expect some improvements, but this will not concern raw computing performance.
By A W Moghul