While Samsung is bad at making semiconductors for Galaxy phones, Google will continue to use them for Tensor 2

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Opting for a 2+2+4 configuration instead of a 1+3+4 big+mid+little configuration. The chip has two Cortex-X1 cores, two Cortex-A76 middle cores, and four A55 cores. It has an 80 percent faster CPU and a 370 percent faster GPU than Pixel 5’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. Naver News (via @GaryeonHan) now reports that Samsung will also collaborate with Google on the next Tensor chip that will underpin the Pixel 7 range that will apparently be unveiled in full in October. Mass production will begin in June and the chip will be based on the South Korean giant’s 4nm process. For reference, the first Tensor chip was manufactured using the 5nm tech, so a smaller node should theoretically deliver better performance and efficiency.

Google has previously disclosed the design of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, as well as the fact that the phones would be powered by a second-generation Tensor processor and run Android 13. New information concerning Google’s second in-house smartphone processor has surfaced. Samsung and Google collaborated on the Tensor, which looks to borrow significantly from Exynos fundamental blocks and IPs, while the Mountain View company has added its own touch. The chip has a unique CPU configuration compared to other SoCs.

Highlights

  • Not much else is known about the second-gen Tensor, except that it has the model number GS201 and will feature the unreleased Exynos Modem 5123. More details should become available as the Pixel 7 range’s arrival approaches. The Pixel 7 will have an updated horizontal camera array and is expected to use the same screens as the Pixel 6 range with a few changes. New evidence seems to suggest the two phones might be accompanied by a third high-end Pixel 7 Pro-like model with a 120Hz screen.

  • Samsung will reportedly use the panel-level packaging (PLP) tech for the chip because of its cost benefits and higher manufacturing efficiency. Whether it was the right call to stick with Samsung is another story, considering the South Korean giant has received so much criticism for its recent Exynos chips that power its flagship phones that it may not manufacture any new chips for its premium phones for the time being and may instead completely rely on Qualcomm.

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