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Pixel 8 pro Tensor G3 SoC specs are here

The Google Tensor 3 chipset will be used for the first time in the Pixel 8 series, which is anticipated to be introduced in October. The Tensor 3 SoC's juicy features were all given to Android Authority by leaker Kamila Wojciechowska.

First off, the SoC will have nine cores configured as 1+4+4 and will go by the codename Zuma. Four Cortex-A715 performance CPU cores with a clock speed of 2.45GHz and four Cortex-A510 efficiency CPU cores with a clock speed of 2.15GHz will make up this, together with one Cortex-X3 prime CPU core operating at 3.0GHz.

The Tensor 3 should be able compete with the performance of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 with the assistance of this setup, but it won't be as strong as the future Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 which will be will be announced on October 24 at Snapdragon Summit.

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Arm's recently unveiled Cortex-X4 primary CPU core, Cortex-A720 performance CPU core, and Cortex-A520 efficiency CPU core which is something gonna help the upcoming Snapdragon chip to perform really well. According to Arm, the Cortex-X4 performs 15% better while consuming 40% less power.

With the aid of Arm's Memory Tagging Extensions (MTE), the Tensor 3 will be able to defend the Pixel 8 series from various memory-based threats. Additionally, Pixel 8 users will only be able to utilise 64-bit applications because the Tensor 3 will utilise Arm's v9 architecture.

The Mali-G715 GPU from Arm, which powers the Tensor 3, may have 10 cores as compared to the Mali-G710 GPU's 7 in the Tensor 2. As a result, ray tracing may enable gamers to experience more lifelike lighting, reflections, and shadows.

The Pixel 8 line will get an upgrade to Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 4.0 from the UFS 3.1 used on the Pixel 7 series. Sequential read and write speeds for UFS 4.0 are up to 4200MBps and 2800MBps, respectively. Comparatively, UFS 3.1 offers sequential read and write speeds of up to 2100MBps and 1200MBps, respectively while still consuming less power.

Last but not least, Google's Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) AI accelerator will be upgraded for the Tensor 3. The microprocessor, which has the codename "Rio," will operate at 1.1GHz instead than the 1.0GHz of its predecessor. Google asserted that the TPU on the Tensor 2 was 60% quicker for voice and camera operations, suggesting that this year would bring us some significant advancements in AI technologies, which is what tensor chips are known for.

Twitter leaker @Tech_Reve shared benchmark results for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip and even the Tensor G3. The Snapdragon 8 gen 3 received 6,600 scores in the multi-core test of Geekbench 5 and 1,700 points in the single-core test.

For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra's proprietary Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip scored about 1,580 for single-core performance and 4,900 for multi-core performance in the same test.

In the single-core test, the Tensor G3 reportedly scored 1,186 points, while in the multi-core test, it scored 3,809. This is a very slight improvement over the Tensor G2, which received 1,047 and 3,192.

The Pixel 8 also completed the Wireless Power Consortium certification procedure, just like any smartphone supporting Qi wireless charging. The Google Pixel 6 placeholder image in the listing, however, prevents it from showing the design. However, the GKWS6 model appears to be authentic.

The Pixel 8 being up on WPC's website this early might be an indication of an earlier release because the Pixel 7 family from last year debuted there a week after release.

In any case, the Qi charging is once more rated at 12W, putting an end to rumours regarding support for the more recent Qi2 standard, which was released in January of this year.


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