The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are the most hyped Pixel phones in recent years as they signal a return to true flagship devices. It will be redesigned from the ground up, use a custom processor, and feature a new camera.
One of the most intriguing questions for the Pixel 6 is how this new Tensor chip is going to stack up against the competition. Well, we have information about that but first, let’s take a look at live pictures of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
Google Store in Chelsea now has both the Pixel 6 handsets on display. You can’t actually use the devices because
a) Google is yet to keep a formal launch event and
b) the devices have yet to receive FCC certification.
But anyway, the handsets look really good especially the Pixel 6 Pro in the beige color.
With that said, we finally have the configuration and benchmark of the tensor chip courtesy of XDA Developers and it has some weird cluster of cores than what everyone expected. Google is using, two Cortex X1 prime cores which is awesome. These are the real high-performance cores that are capable of handling any intensive tasks. Interestingly, both Qualcomm and Samsung have used only 1 cortex X1 core in their flagship chipsets so Google has an upper hand here.
Now, for efficiency cores, Google is using 4 cortex A55 which is what both Qualcomm and Samsung are using as well. Where it gets weird is, for performance cores Google is using 2 cortex A76 cores. These cores were announced back in 2018. The competition uses the latest Cortex A78 and there’s a huge gap in performance between these cores. It’s hard to say why Google may have chosen to go with two A76 cores instead of two A78 cores when there’s very little apparent benefit in doing so.
A possible reason could be the two X1 prime cores that could offset the less powerful A76 cores, we can’t say that for sure. But we have a benchmark to gauge how this chip fares with the Snapdragon 888. Keep in mind that this is not a full-fledged benchmark test, it’s actually performed on a browser so it may not give the full potential capabilities of the chipset but should give us a basic idea.
The two browser tests are speedometer and Jetstream 2. In the speedometer test, which simulates adding and removing items from a simple to-do list app, the Pixel 6 Pro managed to score 76.2 which is more than twice that of the Pixel 5. But a little less than the Snapdragon 888 variant of the Galaxy S21 Ultra and even the Snapdragon 888 Zenfone 8 which scored 86 and 80 respectively.
Besides Google is focusing more on machine learning than raw power with Tensor. Plus, these tests are performed on a pre-release device which means Google has plenty of time to optimize the chipset. In any case, we’re not too far away from the launch event as rumors predict October 19th as the day Google finally let the cat out.