the Tensor G2 will focus on photos because power doesn’t matter (so much) anymore

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Yesterday Google announced the date for its next event. The call ‘Made by Google’ will be held on October 6 and it will be then that we get to know the new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro in detail, but also the expected Pixel Watch.

The company has already shown the design of these terminals, but now has unveiled a new detail: The Pixel 7 will be governed by the Tensor G2, the company’s new SoC. One that will probably be somewhat more powerful and efficient, but above all it will be good at one thing: artificial intelligence.

The focus is photos and voice recognition

When a new mobile SoC is released what used to matter was how powerful it was. Then it imported more and more its efficiency, but now Google has another perspective: what matters is how well you execute artificial intelligence processes.

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Block diagram of the original Tensor. It doesn’t look like Tensor 2 is going to be much different in essence, but it’s clear that the focus will be on its TPU, ISP, and security chip.

Although we already know the name of this new chip, Google has preferred not to reveal more details. The company hardly gives any data after mentioning the presence of this chip, but what does seem clear is that, as was the case with its predecessor, this new iteration it will not be destined to win power benchmarks either.

In Google, in fact, they do not mention power or efficiency, and instead they seem to bet a good part of their improvements. in the field of artificial intelligence.

Thus, in their promotional message they state that the Tensor G2 “will provide even more useful and personalized functions to photos, videos, security and voice recognition“.

It seems clear therefore that the absolute focus of Tensor G2 is, apart from security —in Tensor we had the Titan M2 in that area—processors dedicated to machine learning and speech processing tasks.

The original Google Tensor already had its Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) for that facet, while the Image Signal Processor (ISP) had an accelerator in charge of executing the HDRNet algorithm.

This system was key to being able to offer 4K video at 60 fps with HDR on the Pixel 6 efficiently. Computational photography (and video) are once again the protagonists here, and it will be interesting to see what new “tricks” allows Tensor 2.

The Tensor 2 promises more powerful and capable evolutions of those chips, of course. It is likely that we will also see improvements in the cores of your CPU and GPU, but Google seems to be clear that they do not compete with the latest from Qualcomm or Mediatek on the same terms. His bet is another… and of course he has met expectations in the current Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro and of course in the recent Pixel 6a.

Yesterday Google announced the date for its next event. The call ‘Made by Google’ will be held on October 6…

Yesterday Google announced the date for its next event. The call ‘Made by Google’ will be held on October 6…

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