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Google Pixel 9’s Tensor G4 SoC: Expected Upgrades

  • Updated: 19 September 2023
  • | Google
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Google's upcoming Pixel hardware event on October 4 will introduce the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones, likely featuring an improved Tensor G3 SoC compared to their predecessors. Although specific details about this in-house chip remain undisclosed, recent information provides insights into next year's Pixel 9 series.

The forthcoming Tensor G4 SoC, codenamed "Zuma Pro," is anticipated to power the Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro but is projected to deliver only incremental performance enhancements over the Tensor G3. This semi-custom chip is expected to be developed in collaboration with Samsung's System LSI division.

Redondo Delayed, Laguna Beach in the Works

Initially, Google had plans to equip its 2024 Pixel series with a "fully custom" Tensor SoC called "Redondo," built on a TSMC process node. However, production delays have pushed the debut of this chipset by a year. The company is reported to have created a development board called "ChallengerDeep" for this chip.

Additionally, Google is working on a next-generation fully-custom Tensor chip, codenamed "Laguna Beach," intended for the 2025 Pixel series, known as the Pixel 10. The development board for this chip is codenamed "Deepspace."

What to Expect from Pixel 8 Series

The Tensor G3-powered Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are set to launch during the Made by Google event on October 4 in New York. These devices are expected to feature Android 14 and 120Hz refresh rate displays.

The Pixel 8 Pro is rumored to include a 4,950mAh battery with support for 27W wired fast charging, while the Pixel 8 may come with a 4,485mAh battery, offering 24W wired charging and 12W wireless charging support.

A Comprehensive Event Lineup

Alongside the Pixel 8 series, the event will also mark the debut of the Pixel Watch 2 and introduce a new color option for the Pixel Buds Pro, making it a significant event for tech enthusiasts.