- Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will possibly launch in October
- The upcoming Tenor G3 chip is expected to power the Pixel 8 series
- The technical details of the new chip have been revealed in a new leak
Google Pixel 8 series is said to be powered by the upcoming Tensor G3 chip. According to a report by Android Authority, it has received new information from an internal source at Google on the forthcoming Google Pixel 8 series of smartphones and the Tensor G3 chip, which is said to have the “Zuma” codename.
While other major chips came with a 1+3+4 configuration, the Tensor G2 came with a 2+2+4 architecture. Hence, it was not on par with flagship chipsets from Qualcomm and MediaTek. However, it appears that this time around, the search engine giant will focus more on offering better performance through the Tensor G3 chip. Here are the details that have surfaced about the upcoming chip:
Google Tensor G3 key specifications (rumoured)
As per the report, the upcoming Google Tensor G3 chip is expected to feature a total of nine cores. This configuration will include 1 x Cortex X3 core running at a clock speed of 3.0GHz, 4 x Cortex-A715 cores operating at 2.45GHz, and 4 x Cortex-A510 cores functioning at 2.15GHz. With the inclusion of ARMv9 cores from the previous year, the performance of the chip is anticipated to be comparable to the processors found in flagship smartphones in 2022.
With the adoption of ARMv9, the Pixel 8 series will introduce new security measures, including ARM’s Memory Tagging Extensions (MTE), which can effectively mitigate certain memory-related attacks. The Pixel 8 bootloader could be the first to implement it.
When it comes to graphics, the Tensor G3 will have the 10-core ARM Mali-G715 GPU working at 890MHz. It will arrive with ray-tracing capabilities. The multi-function codec (MFC) available with the Tensor G3 will bring support for 8K30 video decoding and encoding in H.264 / HEVC, along with 4K30 AV1 encoding and 4K60 AV1 decoding.
The Tensor G3 will feature a new edition of TPU (codename “Rio”) for AI. Working at 1.0GHz, it could be a considerable upgrade as compared to the Tenso G2’s TPU. The chip will also support UFS 4.0 storage, which is available on the most powerful Android flagships. When it comes to the modem, it is likely to feature a variant of the Exynos Modem 3500, which is also available with the Tensor G2.