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Google Tensor G3 completely leaks with less than encouraging performance

Expected to equip the Pixel 8 family, the Google Tensor G3 has just starred in a huge leak that indicates the main features of the next generation of the search giant’s platform. Apparently, the component should bring major changes to the CPU — one of the weak points of the previous model —, GPU and memory, among other major upgrades that could offer important performance improvements, even though a newly found benchmark suggests little evolution.

The information arrives through the leaker Kamila Wojciechowska, responsible for the main Google leaks in recent months, and point to major changes in Tensor G3, whose codename would be “Zuma”. Starting with the CPU, the chip would abandon the unconventional configuration seen in previous generations in favor of another as unusual as it, embarking on nine cores in total — almost all modern cell phone processors use only eight cores.

The organization would follow the 1 + 4 + 4 format, shipping a maximum performance Cortex-X3 running at 3.02 GHz, four high-performance Cortex-A715 running at 2.45 GHz and four high-efficiency Cortex-A510 operating at 2 .15 GHz. Not only would we have new models of cores in all groups and in greater numbers, but also frequencies up to 150 MHz higher, which in theory should provide a notable leap in speed.

Another important novelty provided by the updated cores is support for the ARMv9 architecture, presented in 2022. Among the various advances offered, the most important are related to security, with an integrated feature of protection against attacks via memory, in addition to exclusive support for instructions in 64-bit — Pixel 7 and Tensor G2 already work exclusively in 64-bit, but using software locks. The Tensor G3 would cement the future of Android by bringing that exclusivity to the hardware.

Big improvements should also be seen in graphics processing, with the use of an Immortalis G715 GPU from ARM. Despite the sources of Kamila do not detail aspects such as the number of nuclei, investigations carried out by the informant suggest the presence of 10 nuclei. Even being the simplest configuration available, the component would already have access to modern weight resources, such as hardware acceleration for Ray Tracing, the technique that simulates light in real time in games and 3D apps.

Closing the most important modifications, the next Google chipset would bring a new video encoding and decoding system, and could become the first smartphone in the world to feature video recording using the modern AV1 codec, with a limit of 4K at 30 FPS . Other than that, the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), responsible for the “special spice” of the Tensor chip’s AI features, would be codenamed “Rio” and a 10% increase in clocks, but it is unknown how much this would impact performance.

There are a few more points discussed by the leak: following other tops of the line of 2023, the Pixel 8 family could adopt UFS 4.0 storage, twice as fast and 50% more efficient than the UFS 3.1 used in Pixel 7, while a new signal processor of image, called by the giant of GXP, would be used to provide better photos, for example. Finally, the Tensor G2 modem, the Exynos Modem 5300, would be maintained, not encouraging news considering the criticisms related to heating and low stability.

Tensor G3 may disappoint in performance

Parallel to the leak Kamila, the supposed first performance test of Tensor G3 was found in the Geekbench 5 database, and at first the numbers are not encouraging. Equipped on a device identified as “Google Factory build on Ripcurrent”, the chip appears exactly with the specifications pointed out by the leaker, including the nine cores and their frequencies, along with 12 GB of RAM.

The component would have reached 1,186 points in single-core and 3,809 points in multi-core, values ​​that represent improvements of around 13% and 20%, respectively, compared to Tensor G2, capable of scoring 1,055 points with a core and 3,214 points with all cores. Although not so small, the leaps are insufficient to put Google’s new chip at the level of other modern premium platforms, such as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, whose scores are 1,477 in single-core (25% better) and 4,921 in multi-core (30% higher).

That said, there are some profiles on Twitter that suggest that the result is false – we recently saw a similar situation happen with Apple’s Virtual Reality glasses, so there is reason to believe that the leaked benchmark does not refer to the search giant’s processor. It will be necessary to wait for a Geekbench evaluation to know if these results can be trusted.

True or not, it must be remembered that Google has always prioritized the user experience, fluidity and Artificial Intelligence resources over raw performance, something that should not change this year. The Tensor G3 and, consequently, the Pixel 8 line should be made official around September, if the schedule of previous generations is maintained. New leaks are expected by then.

Source: Android Authority, via WCCFTech

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