Leaks and rumors surrounding Google’s upcoming Tensor G4 chip suggest that it may not offer a significant improvement over its predecessor, the Tensor G3.
A Geekbench listing has recently emerged for a new Google chipset, believed to be the Tensor G4, adding some credibility to these claims. The listing, under the codename “Google Tokay,” does not specify which smartphone it is associated with, but possibilities include the Pixel 9, 9 Pro, or the leaked Pixel Fold 2.
Specs and Performance
While the smartphone model remains uncertain, what is important is the chip powering it. According to the listing, the device is equipped with one Cortex-X4/X5 core clocked at 3.1 GHz, three Cortex-A7xx cores at 2.6 GHz, and four Cortex-A5xx cores at 1.95 GHz. This brings the total CPU core count to eight, one less than the nine cores found in the Tensor G3. The device also features an Arm Mali G715 GPU and 8GB of RAM.
However, the performance of the Tensor G4 falls short compared to its predecessor. The Tensor G3 achieves Geekbench scores of 1268 and 3510, while the new chip only reaches 1082/1024 in single-core tests and 3121/2788 in multi-core tests.
Manufacturing Process and Future Expectations
The Tensor G4 is expected to utilize the same 4LPP+ manufacturing process as Samsung’s Exynos 2400. While the Exynos 2400 can compete with flagship chips from Qualcomm and MediaTek, it remains uncertain if the Tensor G4 will achieve the same level of performance.
Based on current rumors, it appears that the Tensor G4 will not be a significant upgrade. However, there are expectations for performance improvements with the upcoming Tensor G5. Rumors suggest that the Tensor G5 will be custom-designed by Google and manufactured by TSMC, which should result in better performance and efficiency. It is important to note that these are early speculations, so it is advisable to take this information with a pinch of salt.