Tensor G4 – Another Underwhelming Release From Google, Or A Changing Of The Silicon Tide? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

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Tensor G4 – Another Underwhelming Release From Google, Or A Changing Of The Silicon Tide? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

For the past three years, we have been greeted with the Pixel design that always somehow manages to light a smile on our faces, with the exterior shell being a breath of fresh air. Unfortunately, that air turns rancid in a snap as the pleasing aesthetics of Google’s flagship or mid-ranged smartphone family are not aligned with the company’s silicon vision. With the Tensor G3 being yet another disappointment compared to the competition, will we finally see the Tensor G4 turn over a new leaf when powering the Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro? Our rumor roundup discusses the upcoming SoC’s specifications, potential features, and everything else you might want to learn, so let us get started.

For better or for worse, Google is likely to stick with Samsung’s foundry for the Tensor G4, but this time, there may be an upside

Samsung has not garnered the best of reputations when compared to TSMC, but given that Google does not accumulate the same number of smartphone shipments as companies like Apple, it will stick to a foundry that can provide it with the best pricing, irrespective if it ends up delivering an inferior product. With the Tensor G4, we expect Google to take advantage of Samsung’s 4nm LPP+, the same node used to mass produce the Exynos 2400 that is found in some Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24 Plus models. Historically, Google’s earlier Tensor releases have been based on Samsung’s Exynos chipsets, with the Tensor G3 sporting the same 9-core CPU cluster as the unreleased Exynos 2300.

This revelation would suggest that the Tensor G4 can be based on the Exynos 2400. That will not just mean that Samsung’s more efficient 4nm LPP+ would be leveraged, but Google might employ the Korean giant’s ‘Fan-out Wafer Level Packaging’ (FOWLP), which helps increase heat resistance, leading to better thermals and as a result, increased multi-core performance. After the Tensor G3’s abysmal showing in controlling its temperatures in the 3DMark Wild Life stress test, this technology could be exactly what the doctor ordered. For those wondering, the Exynos 2400 performed exceptionally well in a more unforgiving version of the same benchmark; 3DMark Wild Life Extreme.

Looking at these differences, we have some hope in believing that Google will at least try to adopt the same technologies that Samsung incorporated when mass producing the Exynos 2400, as it will give the Tensor G4 a sliver of a fighting chance against the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 and Dimensity 9400. Then again, we might be sorely disappointed this year too, as one rumor claims that the Tensor G4 will just be a minor upgrade over the Tensor G3, and what is worse is that it may sport the same GPU as its predecessor, bringing in potentially zero improvements in graphical performance.

Early benchmarks reveal the Tensor G4 sports a completely different configuration than the Exynos 2400, with horrendous single-core, multi-core performance

We intentionally want Google’s silicon division to succeed with the Tensor G4, not because we are biased towards the company’s Pixel smartphones, but because improvements here will only create more competition in this space, forcing competitors to bring the best out of their respective categories. Unfortunately, Google may not have the same intentions, as according to an earlier Geekbench 6 leak, the Tensor G4 obtains downright pathetic single-core and multi-core scores, with the chipset actually being 19 percent slower than the Tensor G3.

Additionally, the test result shows that the Tensor G4 sports an 8-core CPU cluster, not the 10-core belonging to the Exynos 2400, revealing that both chipsets may not be similar in any way, and that may be a terrible decision for the Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro. The benchmark also revealed what we mentioned earlier; the Tensor G4 and Tensor G3 share the same ARM Immortalis-G715 GPU, leading us to believe that Google’s upcoming flagship Pixel family might just be a filler for the banger launch of the Pixel 10 and Pixel 10 Pro in 2025.

The Pixel 10, Pixel 10 Pro featuring the Tensor G5 could be Google’s ‘Magnus Opus’ in 2025

Next year, Google is rumored to switch to TSMC for the Tensor G5 and is also said to adopt the 3nm process to catch up to its rivals. Not just this, but an earlier rumor claims that a custom CPU and GPU are being developed, meaning that Google will forego the use of ARM’s designs in favor of its own. While this certainly is exciting news, it comes at the expense of the consumers, who must wait a whole year to get their hands on a proper flagship range that competes in hardware and pricing.

For Google, a poorly performing Tensor G4 might not necessarily result in declining shipments, but it is sure to be at the receiving end of a barrage of harsh criticism from enthusiasts who continue to be left disappointed with sub-par chipset releases. These harsh comments might eat into Google’s reputation, leaving regular consumers with little to no knowledge about the silicon industry and to search for alternatives, such as an iPhone.

In any case, if the Tensor G4 is somewhat based on the Exynos 2400, looking at the abysmal run of past Tensor releases, this can end up heavily in Google’s favor. For now, you can participate in the poll below, and if you want to voice an opinion concerning the technology giant’s silicon future, share your thoughts in the comments.

Will Google’s Tensor G4 be just as disappointing as last year’s Tensor G3?

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