Google betting big on Tensor chipset: Here’s what it changes for Pixel 6 series

Google betting big on Tensor chipset: Here’s what it changes for Pixel 6 series
  • The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are powered by Google’s first custom made chipset.
  • The Tensor chipset comes with an eight-core design and features two high-power cores.
  • It is claimed to offer better image processing and speech recognition.
With the launch of Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, we now have more details about the Tensor chipset that is powering the latest devices. Prior to the launch we had little details about what the chipset will offer and how it will compare to its competitors.

In this article we will try to dig deeper into Google’s first custom chipset made only for Pixel handsets and find out everything it has to offer.

What is the Tensor chipset?

Unlike other chipsets made by Qualcomm or MediaTek and are found in most Android smartphones, the Tensor is custom made only for Google’s Pixel. The Tensor chipset will not power any other device except for the Pixel. This means that it should sync better with its software to provide an improved experience to its users.

As for the cores, it is said to have a 5nm eight-core design that includes two high-performance cores, two medium-power cores and four smaller cores. It features two main ARM Cortex-X1 cores running at 2.8GHz, which is one more than that found in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 that powers plenty of flagship devices, including Samsung Galaxy S21 series.

How fast is the Tensor chipset?


Google claims that the Tensor chipset makes the latest Pixel devices up to 80% faster in performance than its predecessor Pixel 5, which was powered by the Snapdragon 765G chipset. However, the company doesn’t compare its performance with the Qualcomm’s fastest chipset, Snapdragon 888, and we can not ascertain if Tensor is the fastest Android processor yet.

As per Google, the Tensor will work well with the Pixel’s software and could be considered one of the fastest chipsets in the market, if not the fastest.

Tensor’s capabilities

The Tensor chipset is said to offer on-device machine learning and AI. It claims to improve the performance of the camera, Google Assistant and other features of the phone. It should be able to offer better speech recognition and image processing capabilities.

This would mean you should get better photos in low-light conditions and capture 4K videos in 60fps with more colours and accuracy. As for speech recognition, the Google Assistant should become more responsive and the phone would be able to translate messages and videos with more accuracy and faster.

Security features

As per Google, the Tensor adds more security to the device and should offer better privacy and prevent it from attacks. The security core of the Tensor chipset will process sensitive data separately from the main CPU.

Apart from the security core in the Tensor chipset, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro also feature a Titan M2 security chip that is said to be made more resilient from attacks such as electromagnetic analysis, voltage glitching, and laser fault injection.
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