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Google finally gets around to naming the second-gen Tensor chip

Apparently, Google didn't think "Tensor 2" was good enough.
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Published onSeptember 6, 2022

Google Tensor G2
TL;DR
  • The second-gen Tensor chipset is formally known as Google Tensor G2.
  • The first device to launch with this SoC will be the Google Pixel 7 series.
  • We’ll get our first taste of Tensor G2 on October 6, 2022.

It was inevitable that Google would launch a second version of Tensor, its first-ever custom system on a chip (SoC). The company even confirmed it was on the way in May this year when it revealed the Pixel 7 series.

However, Google never actually used a formal name for the chipset. That is, until today. As first spotted by 9to5Google, the just-updated Pixel 7 landing page at the Google Store reveals the name of the new SoC: Google Tensor G2.

It appears Google wasn’t happy enough with a simple “Tensor 2,” so we got an extra “G” in there for funsies.

See also: Google Tensor 2 expectations and what we want to see

The Google Tensor G2 will debut inside the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Google also formally announced the launch date of those two phones, which is October 6, 2022. At 10:00 AM ET that day, Google will reveal the devices in full at an in-person event in Brooklyn, NY.

As far as the hard specs of the Google Tensor G2, we’re a bit in the dark about that at the moment. Rumors suggest Google would stick with the original Tensor’s 2+2+4 CPU layout, consisting of two high-powered cores, two medium cores, and four lightweight cores. If it does this, Google would need to make optimizations in other areas to make the CPU faster than its predecessor.

All will be revealed on October 6! In the meantime, at least we know what to call it now.