Come October 19th, Google will officially launch its next flagship phone, the Google Pixel 6 series. Google launches new Pixel phones every year so that’s kind of to be expected, but this is the first Pixel phone that will be using Google’s new Tensor chipset, so that’s kind of exciting.
But how does the Tensor chipset fare against the competition? According to a tweet by Evan Blass, he shared leaked press materials for the upcoming Pixel 6 phones where apparently Google is claiming that the Pixel 6 will apparently be 80% faster compared to its predecessor, the Pixel 5.
— E (@evleaks) October 9, 2021
One thing to keep in mind is that the Pixel 5 did not launch with high-end hardware. Instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset that was largely used in 2020’s high-end phones, the Pixel 6 used the mid-range Snapdragon 765G. This means that Google’s claim of an 80% increase in performance sounds good on paper, but given that the Pixel 5 was a mid-range device at best, it’s not as bold as a claim Google would like it to sound.
Previously leaked benchmarks found that the Tensor chipset was slightly underwhelming compared to the competition, but subsequent reports suggest that Google isn’t trying to make a high-end chipset, but rather focus on the chipset’s AI capabilities. Either way we’ll have more details next week so check back then for updates.