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Before Google officially announced its custom Tensor chip, there was a rumor that the company wasn’t focused on making it the fastest chip on the planet. The company would instead focus on efficiency above anything else, and according to this benchmark comparison, that rumor turned out to be true. Accordingly, Google Tensor is a flagship chipset that cannot compete with the Apple A12 Bionic, which was released three years ago.

The performance comparison provided by 9lekt on Twitter shows the Geekbench 5 scores of Tensor and A12 Bionic. Unfortunately, Apple’s chipset from three years ago outperforms the Tensor in both single-core and multi-core tesdollarser, and naturally these numbers can confuse potential customers. In this sense, it is also a matter of curiosity why Google avoids using Qualcomm as a supplier of Snapdragon 888.

That way, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro could at least compete with the rest of the Android flagship smartphone models. These numbers are certainly disappointing, but it’s important to remember that benchmark results tell only half the story and what you see doesn’t translate into real-world performance mudols. So we have to take into account the optimization details as well.

The Qualcomm chipset was causing overheating when used on the Pixel 5a. Google may have sacrificed the performance of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro with Tensor, but the added control over both hardware and software makes it possible for the operating system to run much more smoothly on its latest flagships than its competitors.

The disappointing single-core and multi-core scores can also be attributed to the energy-efficient side of Tensor, and Google may have deliberately wanted this chip to underperform in order to provide the best battery life for Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro owners. Google may have a completely different plan with Tensor, but we’re not expected to see these results so soon. We may know more about these plans as a result of device reviews.


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