Pixel 6: Google's Tensor Core underperforms Apple's 3-year-old A12

Google has insisted a lot on the fact that the Pixel 6 were equipped with their own chip called Tensor. This is the very first SoC developed internally by the brand, engraved in 5nm and which promises performance 80% better than Snapdragon 765 G which equips the Pixel 5.

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The SoC Tensor thus embeds two Cortex X1 processors at 2.8 Ghz, two Cortex A 76 and four Cortex A 55. Google explained that the SoC focuses more on efficiency than performance, and that it would not be about joining the race for power launched by the industry leaders. And things are confirmed via the first benchmarks.

According to tests carried out on Geekbench 5, the SoC Tensor would thus be much less powerful than the A 12 Bionic that Apple released in 2018 in its iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. The Google chip thus displays a score of 765 points in Single Core and 2760 points in multi-core against 1117 points for the A 12 in single and 2932 points in multi. Clearly, the Google chip does not equal an Apple chip that is already 3 years old.

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But nothing is lost since now , Google masters both the hardware and the software in its software, and that could change everything. It is thus good to remember that Apple has managed to provide the smartphones among the most efficient on the market with technical characteristics below those offered by Android smartphones, whether it is SoCs or the amount of integrated RAM. . The work carried out jointly on the hardware and software part generally makes it possible to make the best use of the available resources, with a few successes.

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