The Google Pixel 7 series is rumored to be packing a second-generation Tensor chipset, according to new rumors quoted from CNET (19/2). To note, Google first introduced Tensor through the Pixel 6 series, which was launched in October 2021.
According to the leak, Google is using the codenames “Cheetah” and Panther” for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. This information was obtained in the Android 13 developer preview by 9to5Google.
The codename was then linked to Samsung's unreleased modem, the Exynos Modem 5300. However, leaker Cstark27 reportedly found another clue in the Android 13 code. He found signs of the second-generation Tensor chipset, which was previously found in Cloudripper, a test kit for Google's next-generation mobile platform.
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However, Google has not commented on this report. The Tensor chipset itself is considered to have poor performance compared to its competitor chipset, Snapdragon 888, based on benchmark scores according to Nanoreview.
On the other hand, Google stated that the chipset is very important to facilitate AI features in it, such as the Magic Eraser which can erase objects in photos that the user wants.
The Tensor chipset has 2 main cores, and 4 high-efficiency cores. Compared to the Pixel 5 which carries Snapdragon 765G, Google says the Tensor chipset has 80% faster CPU performance and 370% faster GPU.
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On the Pixel 6 Pro, Tensor is paired with 12GB of RAM and 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of storage. While the Pixel 6 has 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Like previous Pixel phones, there's no expansion slot for external storage.