Google has not revealed much information about the new Pixel 7 series. However, we know that there are working prototypes, and one was sold on eBay. The Google News-Telegram group used another such prototype, a broken Pixel 7 Pro to learn more about new models.
GSM Arena claims that even though the phone was bricked it was possible to retrieve boot logs. After combing through all the files, they found that Tensor 2 had Cortex-A55 Cores. This is the final core built on ARMv8 architecture. A510, the new design, is built on ARMv9. The two architectures can’t coexist on a single chipet so the rest of the CPU cores are old ARMv8 designs.
Tensor 2 will retain the 2+2+4 CPU core configuration. The original Tensor chip contained four A55 cores, two Cortex X1 and two Cortex A76 cores. Undoubtedly, the A55s and the two Cortex-X1 cores will remain. The new ARMv9 X2 core will also be there. New medium cores are still possible because the original design used older A76 cores instead of the latest Cortex-A78 cores. This is the last of the ARMv8 middle cores.
We shouldn’t expect any significant performance improvements from the Tensor 2 chipset for CPU-bound tasks. Last year’s original Tensor chip didn’t have the fastest processors on the market. This year it will.
We are not aware of Google’s plans to use the GPU or other hardware. Google’s strength is image processing, which is handled by both the ISP (Internet Service Provider) and the TPU (Tensor Processing Unit).
In any event, the prototype unit had a new Samsung panel, the S6E3HC4. Although this panel will likely replace the Pixel 6 Pro S6E3HC3 panel (although we expect minor improvements), the resolution and refresh rate of the prototype unit will remain the same (1,440×3,120px, 120Hz), according to GSM Arena.
The logs also confirmed that the code names of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro were the same: “Panther” for the Pixel 7 and “Cheetah for the Pixel 7 Pro. There is also “Felix”, which most likely means a Pixel 7a, but this has not been revealed. Along with the Pixel Watch, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will be released in October.