This week Google shocked everyone by announcing the Pixel 6 series and the Tensor SoC. This is the first time, a Pixel smartphone will be using a non-Qualcomm chipset. In the announcement, Google never mentioned the details of CPU, and GPU of the Tensor SoC. Rather, they focused on ML and AI capabilities of the chipset. Well, according to a recent rumor Tensor SoC might just be an unreleased Samsung Exynos 9855 chipset.
The Exynos 9855 may not sound familiar to you, but Whitechapel should. It is the codename of the unreleased processor. It is also the same codename Google uses for Tensor SoC. So there is a high chance, Exynos 9855 will be the Tensor SoC. This chipset resembles the Exynos 2100 which powered this year’s Galaxy S21 series.
Though, it doesn’t mean Tensor SoC will exactly be Exynos 2100. The Exynos 9855 and Exynos 2100 will have similarities. The Exynos 9855 will take some hints from the upcoming flagship Exynos 2200 and some from the current 2100 model.
The Exynos 2200 will have AMD’s RDNA2 GPU and will power the Galaxy S22 series. Will we see AMD graphics in Tensor SoC? Unlikely. But one thing is for sure; It will not be entirely Exynos 9855. There will be some AI and ML features on top of it giving the chipset some extra Google goodness. The Pixel 6 series will go on sale sometime in October this year.
Tensor SoC Highlights
According to Google, the company has been working on this chip for about five years. Software expertise is something Google has come to be known for. The way Google changed photography by using AI with its Night mode shocked the world. They will further enhance it with Tensor SoC’s AI and ML capabilities. Google has also redesigned the memory architecture to make it easier to access RAM. And finally, the image signal processor is also made by Google in this chipset.