The Pixel 6’s tensor chip could be the Samsung Exynos 9855

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Google’s bespoke Tensor Chipset could be 9855 according to a report from Samsung’s unreleased Exynos GalaxyClub (about SamMobile).

Tensor is a processor developed by Google for its Pixel smartphones to introduce powerful AI and machine learning functions that go beyond Qualcomm’s previous Snapdragon chips.

The company has already announced that Tensor will bring big improvements in areas like photography and speech recognition.

The chipset was recently codenamed “Whitechapel” – a name that Samsung also uses for its own Exynos 9855, according to GalaxyClub. This means that the tensor is actually the unreleased Samsung SoC.

In addition, the Exynos 9855 has a similar internal model number to the Exynos 2100 – the chipset from Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S21. According to SamMobile, the 2100 started with the internal model number Exynos 9840.

Since the two numbers are similar, it’s possible that the Tensor processor could offer the Pixel 6 similar performance as the S21 when it launches later this year.

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Google working with Samsung to develop its Tensor chipset.

On August 3, Nikkei Asia reported (via 9to5Google) that the Tensor processor is made by Samsung.

According to the report, the chip will be based on the 5nm process, similar to Samsung’s other flagship chipsets and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.

“Google has not announced who will make the pixel tensor chip, but sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asia that Samsung is using its advanced 5-nanometer process technology to manufacture,” Nikkei Asia wrote in the report.

Google has previously remained silent about the chip, and hardware boss Rick Osterloh stated in an on 2.

We’ll have to wait to learn more about the Google custom chip.

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