Samsung may be bad at making chips for Galaxy phones, but Google is sticking with Tensor 2

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Google has already shown us what the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will look and has also revealed that the handsets will be powered by the second generation Tensor processor and will run Android 13. New details have now been revealed about Google’s second internal smartphone chip.

Co-developed by Samsung and Google, the Tensor seems to borrow a lot from Exynos’ fundamental blocks and IPs, though the Mountain View giant has put its own spin on it. The chip has a different CPU configuration than other SoCs, 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 mid-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 (through @GaryeonHan) now reports that Samsung will also partner with Google on the next Tensor chip that will Pixel 7 series that will apparently be fully unveiled 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 technology, so a smaller node should theoretically provide better performance and efficiency.
Samsung will reportedly adopt panel-level packaging (PLP) technology for the chip due to its cost benefits and increased production efficiency.
Whether it was the right decision to stay with Samsung is another story, as the South Korean giant has come under so much criticism for its recent Exynos chips powering its flagship phones that it won’t be adding any new chips to its premium for now. telephones and can instead trust Qualcomm completely.

Not much else is known about the second generation Tensor other than that it will have the model number GS201 and will feature the unreleased Exynos Modem 5123. More details should become available as the Pixel 7 approaches.

The Pixel 7 has 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 indicate that the two phones may be accompanied by a third high-end Pixel 7 Pro-esque model with a 120Hz display.

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