Google decided hard to keep information about its upcoming mobiles. While the Pixel 7 Pro has yet to be unveiled, we already know more about its spec sheet.
Google seems to have a hard time keeping secrets. Several weeks before its official marketing, the Pixel 6a had already found itself on sale on the net. And history seems to be repeating itself, since a prototype of the Pixel 7 Pro has arrived in the hands of a curious customer. Not supposed to come out before next fall, the mobile has already revealed a good part of its secrets with this new leak.
No major changes expected
Bricked remotely by Google – that is to say a blocked start – the Pixel 7 Pro which ended up in the wild still delivered some small crisp technical details. Boot logs, posted in a Telegram group dedicated to Google news, allow you to learn more about the technical sheet of the device.
Google’s top-of-the-range mobile would use a Samsung screen again this year (the S6E3HC4 to be precise). While we wanted the search giant to reuse the Pixel 6 screens, this is not the case. The Pixel 7 Pro will change the panel well, but don’t expect any stunning improvements; the resolution and refresh rate will be identical to those of the previous generation (3120 x 1440 px at 120 Hz). More interesting, it is the Tensor 2 mobile chip which has been examined up and down and across.
As a reminder, Tensor chips are processors designed and developed by Google for its line of Pixel phones. Instead of relying on Qualcomm hardware, like most Android manufacturers, the company has come up with its own solution, as for Apple and its A series on the iPhone. The first chip made in google we were rather pleasantly surprised, with completely corrected performance despite fairly noticeable heating. And it looks like Google didn’t want to change this year’s recipe, almost surprisingly.
The Tensor 2 chip is revealed
It would seem that the Tensor 2 chip retains the 2+2+4 arrangement, that is, two high-performance processors, two balanced processors, and four processors for less demanding tasks. These last four processors would also be the same as on the Pixel 6 Pro, that is to say Cortex-A55. These processors, without necessarily being aging, use the ARMv8 architecture, while a new version (cleverly named ARMv9) was presented by the giant ARM last year. And since the two versions are not compatible, this means that the other processors will also use the old architecture. High performance processors (Cortex-X1) should also remain in place on Tensor 2. On the other hand, things could change on the side of balanced processors which could move from Cortex-A76 to Cortex-A78.
Once these details have been made, should we be worried about not seeing the latest generation processors in this Pixel 7 Pro? Probably not. The first Tensor chip of the name was not the fastest on the market, and yet Google was able to offer impeccable performance on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. ARM processor aficionados will no doubt be disappointed not to have the company’s new features in the Pixel 7, but that does not mean that Google’s next mobile will stand up to the competition.