On October 19, Google will officially launch its next flagship phone, the Google Pixel 6 series. Google releases new Pixel phones every year, which is to be expected, but this is the first Pixel phone to use Google’s new Tensor chipset, so that’s kind of exciting.
But how do Tensor chips work against the competition? According to a tweet by Evan Blass, he has shared leaked press materials for the upcoming Pixel 6 phones where it appears that Google is claiming that the Pixel 6 will be 80% faster than its predecessor, the Pixel 5.
– E (evleaks) October 9, 2021
One thing to keep in mind is that the Pixel 5 hasn’t been powered by high-end hardware. Instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset that has been largely used in high-end phones of 2020, the Pixel 6 used the mid-range Snapdragon 765G. That means Google’s claim to an 80% performance boost sounds fine on paper, but given that the Pixel 5 was a mid-range device at best, it’s not quite as bold as Google claims it would like it to look.
Previously leaked benchmarks found Tensor chips to be a bit underwhelming compared to the competition, but subsequent reports suggest that Google isn’t trying to build a high-end chipset, but rather focus on the AI capabilities of these chips. Either way, we’ll have more details next week, so check back in time for updates.
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