As you know, inside the recently debuted Google Pixel 6 smartphones, the search giant’s proprietary chipset, Tensor, does the calculations. The processor has been shrouded in obscurity for a very long time, but now, based on early benchmark results, we can pretty much place it on the ranks of high-end mobile chips. Tests show the chip’s performance is somewhere below the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and Samsung Exynos 2100, but not by much.
Google Tensor is not an ordinary tile. The chip is made with Samsung’s 5-nanometer manufacturing process, while the CPU has been given a rather unusual configuration. In addition to the two powerful Cortex-X1 cores, two 2018 Cortex-A76 and four Cortex-A55 cores will serve. By comparison, both the Snapdragon 888 and the Exynos 2100 only got one X1 core, but it comes with three Cortex-A78 units instead of the A76s. The production technology and strip width are the same.
In light of the above, the early Geébench results aren’t a big surprise, although it’s worth mentioning that the high-performance X1 cores are now rattling at just 2.8 GHz, although we’ve seen that even at 3.0 GHz are able.
The Google Tensor produces lower multi-core performance compared to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and Exynos 2100 chips, but the single-core score is roughly the same.
For the sake of fairness, it should also be mentioned that the graphical benchmarks look promising. The Mali-G78 MP20 GPU, which works in Google Tensor, lacks a bit of raw power and can visibly push down most smartphones running Android operating systems in 3DMark Wildlife Extreme (1800-2000 accurate results so far).
In addition to the graphics, Tensor also benefits from having its hardware for machine learning tasks that runs Google’s image processing and other algorithms. Thus, the hardware can substantially assist the cameras in capturing videos and photos and enabling special effects such as effects that correct blurred faces or eliminate unnecessary people, which we have already written about. The findings in our article are only preliminary results. The actual capabilities of Tensor will only come to light when Google Pixel 6 mobiles become available in more significant numbers.