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Google Tensor confirmed to be based on Exynos by Pixel 6 code

by Vyncent ChanNovember 1, 2021
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The Google Tensor is manufactured on Samsung’s 5nm process, but it seems the collaboration does run deeper. While previously it was rumored that the Google Tensor chip is based off an Exynos chip, code in the Pixel 6 confirms the link.

Google Tensor is a Samsung Exynos chip?

There are references to the Exynos 9845 (S5E9845) in Google’s code on the Pixel 6, while the Exynos 9840 (S5E9840) is the codename for the Exynos 2100. Google appears to have harnessed some of Samsung’s know-how in designing the chip, but added their own spin to enable the experiences that Google intended to offer with the Google Pixel 6 series.

Google Tensor (1)

Unlike the Exynos 2100, the Google Tensor packs two Cortex-X1 cores clocked at up to 2.8GHz for its high-performance cluster, two Cortex-A76 cores at up to 2.25GHz for its “mid” cluster and four efficient Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8GHz. This is actually quite a bit more conservative than the Exynos 2100, which packs one Cortex-X1 at up to 2.91GHz, three Cortex-A78 at 2.81GHz and four Cortex-A55 at 2.2GHz. The GPU has also been bumped up from the Mali-G78MP14 in the Exynos 2100 to a Mali-G78MP20 in the Google Tensor chip.

And then of course there’s the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) block that gives the Tensor chip its name. Developed by Google’s ML R&D team, the TPU delivers all sorts of AI smarts that Google is debuting with the Google Pixel 6 devices. In combination with the ISP, it also enables advanced computational photography, going so far as to enable 4K60 HDR video recording, while also bringing faster focusing with more accurate face detection.

Google Pixel 6 Series Specs and Price

Pixel 6 Pixel 6 Pro
Processor Google Tensor, Titan M2 security coprocessor
5nm (Samsung)
RAM 8GB LPDDR5 12GB LPDDR5
Storage Up to 256GB UFS 3.1 Up to 512GB UFS 3.1
Display 6.4″ FHD+ 90Hz OLED display
HDR support, 16 million colors, Gorilla Glass Victus
6.7″ QHD+ 120Hz LTPO OLED display
HDR support, 16 million colors, Gorilla Glass Victus
Rear Camera 50MP f/1.85 main camera, 1/1.31″ sensor, OIS
12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, 114° FoV
50MP f/1.85 main camera, 1/1.31″ sensor, OIS
12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, 114° FoV
48MP f/3.5 4X optical zoom telephoto camera, 1/2″ sensor, OIS, 20X Super Res Zoom
Selfie Camera 8MP f/2.0 11.1MP f/2.2
Battery 4614mAh
30W USB-PD fast charging (sold separately)
21W fast wireless charging (sold separately)
5003mAh
30W USB-PD fast charging (sold separately)
23W fast wireless charging (sold separately)
Price 128GB: $599 (~RM2499)
256GB: $699 (~RM2916)
128GB: $899 (~RM3750)
256GB: $999 (~RM4167)
512GB: $1099 (~RM4585)

Google Pixel 6 Pro design (1)

From various benchmarks, it appears that the Google Tensor is seen outperforming the Exynos 2100, although it still lags behind the Snapdragon 888 and Apple A15 Bionic chips. Perhaps the upcoming Google Tensor 2 will bring more competitive performance to the table?

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Pokdepinion: I do wonder why Google decided on Cortex-A76 cores though, when the Cortex-A78 architecture is more efficient and performant.

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Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.