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The Tensor G3 could be a surprisingly big upgrade for the Pixel 8

It's a huge upgrade over previous Tensor chips, but it might not be the most cutting-edge chip by the end of the month.
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Published onOctober 3, 2023

Google Tensor chip logo phone in hand
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TL;DR
  • Specs for the Pixel 8’s Tensor G3 chipset have leaked online.
  • The specs corroborate a previous Android Authority leak.
  • Expect an eclectic nine-core CPU and Arm’s flagship GPU.

Google has been offering semi-custom Tensor processors inside its Pixel phones since 2021, offering improved machine learning and image processing smarts. The company will use the Tensor G3 chip in the Pixel 8 series, and the processor’s specs have now leaked.

M Brandon Lee of This Is Tech Today posted pictures showing an apparent Pixel 8 Pro running the Device Info HW app. This app lists various system parameters, and we get a look at the Tensor G3 specs here.

The app lists the Tensor G3 as having an eclectic, nine-core CPU. It consists of one Cortex-X3 big core clocked at 2.91GHz, four Cortex-A715 medium cores at 2.37GHz, and four Cortex-A510 little cores at 1.7GHz. Aside from the clock speeds, this is in line with our own exclusive leak earlier this year.

EXCLUSIVE: Google Pixel 8 Pro Hardware information. https://t.co/ESwLhJLjni pic.twitter.com/83kDyFyCP5
— M. Brandon Lee | THIS IS TECH TODAY (@thisistechtoday) October 2, 2023

This should nevertheless make for a major improvement in CPU performance over previous Tensor chips. In fact, the medium cores alone are capable of delivering performance in line with the Cortex-X1 used as the two big cores in previous Tensor chips.

Meanwhile, the Tensor G3 is listed as having a Mali-G715 GPU. That’s broadly in line with our previous claim about Google using Arm’s Immortalis-G715 part. There’s no word on the number of shader cores used in this GPU, but we hope it offers respectable sustained performance.

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It’s worth noting that silicon designer Arm has already launched newer CPU cores and GPUs earlier this year. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, expected to be unveiled later this month, is tipped to use these latest CPU cores. So Google won’t necessarily have bleeding-edge CPU and GPU parts, but the Tensor G3 would still be the most modern chipset ever launched by the Pixel maker and in line with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and MediaTek Dimensity 9200 on paper.

Otherwise, the screenshots also list a 4nm manufacturing process, but we wouldn’t rely on a hardware info app to give us this information. These details typically aren’t included in Android system files and these same apps incorrectly listed the Tensor G2 as being a 4nm design rather than a 5nm chip.