The Google Tensor G2 chipset has been making waves in the smartphone world since its introduction in the Pixel 7 series, Pixel 7a, and the much-anticipated Pixel Fold.
Now, Google is preparing to launch its next-gen Tensor G3 (codenamed Zuma). Expected to power the upcoming Pixel 8 and 8 Pro.
So, what can we expect from this new Chipset?
First on the list is the CPU configuration. The Tensor G3 is rumored to have a nine-core setup (4+4+1) with Cortex-A510, Cortex-A715, and Cortex-X3 cores. This new arrangement should provide improved performance and efficiency compared to the processor found in the Tensor G2.
Additionally, The integration of the second-generation Armv9 processor will undoubtedly enhance the Tensor G3’s performance. However, it might still fall short compared to the recently announced Armv9.2 version.
With the shift to Tensor G3-powered devices, Google will likely push for 64-bit-only apps. This move will benefit Android developers by simplifying app development and maintenance. As they will no longer need to support 32-bit libraries.
Users can also expect better performance and security from their 64-bit apps.
As for graphics, the Tensor G3 will likely feature the Arm Mali-G715 (Immortalis) GPU, upgrading from the Mali-G710 found in the Tensor G2.
This new GPU may also bring ray-tracing capabilities to the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro. Putting them on par with other flagship devices in terms of graphics performance.
The Tensor G3 is also said to include the “BigWave” block for AV1 encoding. This means that Pixel 8 users can expect improved AV1 video decoding and encoding capabilities, such as support for 4K60 and 4K30 formats.
While there’s no confirmation yet, it’s possible that Google could also introduce 8K video recording support with the new chipset.
One of the most intriguing aspects of the Tensor G3 is the introduction of the new “Rio” Tensor Processing Unit (TPU). This TPU should bring significant enhancements in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and AI/ML tasks, further improving the already impressive capabilities of Google Assistant and other AI-driven features on Pixel devices.
Another exciting addition to the Tensor G3 is its support for the UFS 4.0 storage standard. Which should provide faster read/write speeds compared to the current UFS 3.1 standard.
With a Samsung-made UFS controller, the Pixel 8 series could potentially match or even surpass the storage performance of other flagship devices featuring UFS 4.0.
The Pixel 8 and 8 Pro will likely feature a new “Callisto” Graphics and Image Processing unit (GXP), replacing the “Amalthea” GXP found in previous models.
This upgrade should result in better image processing capabilities, making the already amazing Pixel camera experience even more impressive.
While there’s some speculation about the modem in the Tensor G3. It’s likely that Google will stick with the same Exynos Modem 5300 from the Tensor G2, albeit in a slightly modified form.
This modem could be closely related to the yet-to-be-announced Samsung Exynos 2300 mobile chipset. Which may also make use of the Exynos Modem 5300.
As we eagerly await the arrival of the Pixel 8 and its Tensor G3 chipset. It’s important to remember that these rumors and leaks are subject to change. Nonetheless, the information available so far paints a promising picture for the next generation of Google smartphones.
In the meantime, let’s keep our eyes peeled for the upcoming Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet launches. Which are sure to further showcase the power and versatility of the Tensor G2 and its successors.