Google Tensor has quite a lot in common with Samsung Exynos, Pixel 6 code reveals

has heavily marketed the Tensor as being an in-house chipset but new information has now surfaced showing that the processor isn’t as original as indicated.

Andrei Frumusanu of Anandtech has revealed code showing that Tensor shares a lot in common with ’s Exynos chipset (via Notebookcheck). The Tensor has been found to be a mid-point between the Exynos 2100 chip and the upcoming Exynos 2200. Multiple references to the Exynos 9845 (S5E9845) have also been spotted in ’s own kernel code. In comparison, the Exynos 2100 is internally referred to as the Exynos 9840 (S5E9840).

From code alone, it’s quite obvious that Google’s Tensor is more of a heavily-customized Exynos than being a completely unique chip built from scratch.

Still, benchmarks have indicated that Google has actually put plenty of stuff of their own in the chipset. A recent benchmark comparing various flagship processors showed that the GPU found on the Tensor is the most powerful in the world.

While CPU and machine learning benchmarks haven’t been as satisfying, the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have aced speed tests, even outperforming other flagships in some cases.

In conclusion, Google Tensor may have a strong relationship with ’s Exynos, but its real-world performance has proven that it’s nothing to be concerned about. It would have been a lot cooler though if Google had been more honest.




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