Google is expected to launch its next flagship smartphone, the Pixel 9, later this year, and one of the key features of the device will be its custom-made Tensor G4 processor. The Tensor G4 will be the second generation of Google’s system on a chip (SoC), following the Tensor G3 that powered the Pixel 8 series in 2023.
However, unlike the Tensor G3, which was based on Samsung’s Exynos 2200 chipset, the Tensor G4 will be a more refined and improved version of the same architecture. According to reports, the Tensor G4 will be fabricated using Samsung’s third-generation 4nm (SF4P) process, which offers better performance and efficiency than the second-generation 4nm (SF4E) process of the Tensor G3.
The Tensor G4 is also rumored to feature a more powerful CPU and GPU configuration, consisting of one Cortex-X4 core, an unknown number of Cortex-A720 and Cortex-A520 cores, and the Immortalis-G715 GPU. The Cortex-X4 is the latest flagship CPU core from ARM, designed to deliver the highest performance for demanding tasks. The Immortalis-G715 is a new GPU from ARM, which promises to offer a 50% improvement in graphics performance and a 30% improvement in energy efficiency over the previous generation.
The Tensor G4 will likely enable the Pixel 9 to offer some of the best features of the Pixel series, such as fast and smooth software updates, advanced AI capabilities, and impressive camera performance. The Pixel 9 is also expected to have a larger and better display than the Pixel 8, with a possible 6.7-inch OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. The Pixel 9 may also come with a redesigned body, featuring flat edges and a large camera bump.
Google has not officially confirmed any details about the Pixel 9 or the Tensor G4, but the company is likely to unveil them in October 2024, following its usual launch cycle. The Pixel 9 will compete with other flagship phones from Samsung, Apple, and OnePlus, which are also expected to launch their new devices later this year. The Pixel 9 may also have a Pro variant, which could offer some additional features and a larger screen size.
The Tensor G4 processor is a key component of Google’s strategy to differentiate its Pixel phones from other Android devices and to showcase its software and hardware integration. The Tensor G4 will also be a testament to Google’s partnership with Samsung, which has been helping the search giant to develop and manufacture its custom chips. However, Google is also reportedly working on its own fully custom chip for the Pixel 10 in 2025, which will be made by TSMC and will not rely on Samsung’s technology