Leaked specs suggest big upgrade for Google Tensor 2

Google IO 2022 tensor in the pixel 6a

TL;DR

  • A report suggests the Google Tensor 2 could be based on a 4nm build.
  • This would likely make the new processor more powerful than the 5nm original.
  • The report also says Samsung will make the chip, as it did the first time around.

Last year, Google launched its first-ever mobile processor, known as Tensor, which landed in the Google Pixel 6 series. While the chip wasn’t as powerful as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, it did have some distinct advantages that made it pretty useful when it comes to machine learning and AI tricks.

As a reminder, Samsung built the first Tensor chip on a 5nm process. With the move to 4nm, Tensor 2 could be significantly more powerful than its predecessor.

Other than the build size and Samsung’s return as the manufacturer, we don’t know much else about Google Tensor 2. The report makes mention of an increase in efficiency producing the CPU, but that won’t have any effect on its performance. However, it could prevent the Pixel 7 series from being more expensive than the Pixel 6 series.

Google hasn’t set a specific release date for the Pixel 7 series — which we assume will be the first to feature Tensor 2 — but an October launch is expected. At some point between now and then, we’ll know a lot more about it.

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