Google’s Tensor Processor Is Reported To Be The Unreleased Exynos 9855 SoC
There’s has been hype around the development of Google’s own high-end and AI-supported chipset, called the Tensor. The upcoming Google Pixel 6 series that are expected to be announced before the end of this year will be powered by the Tensor chipset.
However, reports are claiming that the Tensor SoC is indeed an Exynos chip, with a high probability that it is the same chipset that powered the Galaxy S21 series unveiled this year.
Samsung‘s Exynos 9855 chipset is codenamed Whitechapel, which is the same codename as Google’s Tensor. The Exynos 9855 is closer to the Exynos 9840 (marketed as Exynos 2100), and the performance of the new Tensor SoC could lie between Exynos 2100 and the yet-to-be-released Exynos 2200. The flagship Exynos 2200 will power Samsung’s premium Galaxy S22 series in 2022.
The upcoming Tensor chipset is Google’s first high-end processor that the company is deploying, obviously in company with Samsung. Previous Google Pixel smartphones were powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. Google has kept the fine details about the Tensor SoC under wraps, with some allusion that it has artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. If indeed the Tensor comes with AI functionality, then the Tensor could be in a class of its own.
Neither Google nor Samsung had officially confirmed the nature of the Tensor processor. Samsung could be currently producing the Tensor on its 5nm LPE fabrication process. If the hype around the Tensor is anything to go by, then it could deliver flagship-level performance on the new Pixel 6 smartphones when they are eventually unveiled later this year.