Google provides details about the Tensor G3 chip used in Pixel 8/8 Pro, emphasizing improved AI processing capabilities compared to the Tensor G1 chip used in Pixel 6. The AI machine learning performance has increased by over 2 times.
Google states that the direction of the Tensor chip does not focus on speed or performance in the traditional sense from the start. Instead, it focuses on creating a processing experience on mobile devices that surpasses expectations. Currently, there is no detailed specification available for the Tensor G3, only that every component within the SoC has been upgraded. The CPU is the latest ARM model, there is a new GPU, new ISP/DSP, and most importantly, a new TPU designed in collaboration with Google DeepMind to enhance Google’s AI models.
Google’s interest in AI has enabled the Tensor G3 to run some text-to-speech models that previously had to be run on servers, now on mobile devices. An example Google showcased is the ability for Pixel to read text on web pages aloud and translate it into various languages.
In terms of visuals and videos, it aligns with the advertised features in Pixel 8 such as the Magic Eraser that removes objects from images using on-device processing. It predicts how the background should look or automatically creates a Best Take by seamlessly merging facial shots from multiple images.
Previously, there were rumors that the Tensor G3 uses a 1+4+4 core configuration, featuring new Arm cores for 2022: Cortex-X3, Cortex-A715, Cortex-A510, and a Mali Immortalis-G715 GPU. However, Google has yet to confirm these specific details and only mentioned the upgrade to the latest Arm architecture.
Google introduces the Tensor G3 chip in Pixel 8/8 Pro, focusing on enhanced AI processing capabilities. While detailed specifications are currently unavailable, Google confirms significant upgrades to the CPU, GPU, ISP/DSP, and the introduction of a new TPU designed in collaboration with Google DeepMind. The Tensor G3 enables on-device AI processing, such as text-to-speech models and advanced visual features like Magic Eraser and automatic facial shot merging. Although rumors suggest a specific core configuration, Google has not confirmed these details.