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When we said Google needs to improve its chips, this isn't what we had in mind

We want a processor that's not just a chip off the old block.

Published onSeptember 13, 2022

Google Tensor Pixel 6
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Google being Google is running a quirky promotional campaign for the Pixel 7 series in Japan. It’s selling potato chips in boxes that look like the back of the Pixel 7 phones. Hey Google, when we said you need to improve your chips, this isn’t what we meant.

The Google chips come in four flavors — Snow Cheese and Obsidian Pepper, Hazel Onion, and Salty Lemon — representing this generation’s Pixel colorways.

Folks in Japan can enter a lottery to win one of the 2,000 limited boxes of the Pixel 7 series wafers (h/t 9to5Google).

Google Potato Chips

The idea behind Google’s promotion is to market its new Tensor G2 chip that’ll power the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. The company calls it the “brain” of the smartphones and notes it’s “faster, more efficient, and safer.”

We hope that bit about improved efficiency is true since the original Tensor chip isn’t very great at it. We noted in our Pixel 6 review that the Tensor chip runs very hot when put under heavy load. This, in turn, makes for poor sustained performance. Even things like GPS navigation and charging can throttle performance due to heating issues. Maybe Google should give away Tensor-branded potato chips that are super hot.

Jokes aside, overheating is not the only complaint we had with Google’s first smartphone processor. Many of our readers who use a Pixel 6 series phone and our own Rita El Khoury have also experienced bad connectivity issues on the phones thanks to the underbaked Tensor chip.

Also read: Google Tensor G2 expectations and what we want to see

We don’t know much about the Tensor G2 yet, but we hope Google has fixed these problems. Otherwise, the new Google flagships would certainly not be all that and a bag of chips.

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