Even if the Google Pixel 7 is weaker than predicted, it’s OK with us

Google’s Tensor 2 processor, which debuted in the Google Pixel 6 series, was teased for the Pixel 7 series in May 2022. A surprise first leak concerning this future component has just been made available to us.

It’s important to remember that the source of this leak is a bit murky: someone bought a locked Google Pixel 7 Pro prototype and sent its boot logs (the only remaining piece of accessible information) to Telegram channel Google News | EN (opens in new tab), which is unrelated to Google’s own news tool by the same name (presumably).

They went on to say that future phones would have comparable displays to their predecessors, and that the Tensor 2 chipset will be quite similar to that of the first. Due to the scepticism of the source, this material should be taken with a grain of salt, but it’s still fun to investigate.

This doesn’t mean the Pixel 7 and Pixel 6 are going to be similar; Google might add additional AI capabilities, but don’t anticipate a super-powerful Android experience if the chipset modifications are restricted.

This may come as a surprise to some, as newer versions of phones are often believed to have higher specifications, but it isn’t a deal breaker in the real world.

The better the situation, the worse it becomes

Android processors are intended to become quicker with each new generation. Gen 1 is meant to be quicker than Gen 888, which in turn should be faster than Gen 865, which in turn should be faster than Gen 855. (for example).

However, benchmarks show that things aren’t as straightforward as they seem. Geekbench 5 is the speed test we use at TechRadar, however other sites may use a different one. Something strange has been happening recently, as well.

The Snapdragon 888, 2021’s top-of-the-line chip, was on par with its predecessor, the 865, in terms of performance, while the 8 Gen 1 chip, the newest in the series, regularly underperformed both.

Even while these newer chips have a lot of concerns with overheating, there’s something to be said about newer processors outperforming in areas that benchmark tests don’t catch up on.

However, the truth of the issue is that smartphones are already fast enough. If your fingers aren’t quick enough or if game visuals have reached the limit of what tiny displays can achieve, you don’t need a faster mobile.

For the most part, new chips are focused on optimising power consumption and enhancing camera capabilities, as well as improving artificial intelligence (AI). Being strong or quick isn’t nearly as crucial as being intelligent these days.

This suggests that Google has shifted its emphasis away from power and toward user convenience. The company has always relied significantly on artificial intelligence (AI) for things like photography and personal assistants.

In other words, even if the Pixel 7 fails to wow in benchmark testing, the phone will still be a candidate for our list of the best smartphones.