Google Allegedly Sends Customized Tensor G5 SoC Without Exynos for Testing

What you should know

  • Testing for the new Tensor G5 chip is expected to begin in 2024. This chip will be fully customized by Google and is expected to bring a large number of new features exclusive to Pixel phones.
  • The Tensor G5 chip, codenamed “Laguna”, will be manufactured by TSMC using the latter’s 3nm process node, which will make the chip more powerful and energy efficient than previous Tensor APs.
  • TSMC plans on using an advanced packaging technology, similar to the one used by Apple, which will allow the components to be thin and more energy efficient. This could potentially improve the battery life of Pixel phones.
  • Despite financial constraints and the Pixel line not selling in big numbers, Google seems committed to developing its own custom chipsets to take the Pixel line to the next tier.

Full Story

Testing for the new tech is slated to start mid-2024. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The 2024 Pixel 9 series will be relying on the Tensor G4 AP. It’ll be strikingly similar to the G3, which is currently running the show in the Pixel 8 series.

However, there’s a twist. The Exynos-based Tensor chips are taking their final bow with the G4. The G5 is expected to be a TSMC production, using the latter’s 3nm process node. That’s a game-changer.

Why, you ask? Google gets to fully customize the chip. This opens up a world of possibilities for exclusive, jaw-dropping features designed specifically for Pixel phones. The G3 chipset, the heart and soul of the current Pixel 8 series, is a Google Tensor masterpiece. But the G5, codenamed “Laguna”, promises more.

With TSMC’s 3nm node, Google can create a Tensor chip that’s not just more powerful, but also more energy efficient. TSMC is also planning to use a cutting-edge packaging technology. It’s akin to what Apple uses, allowing components to be thin and even more energy efficient. Any move Google makes to boost the battery life of Pixel phones is a win for Pixel users.

But let’s address the elephant in the room. A former Google chip exec once expressed doubts about Google’s willingness to shell out the big bucks needed to develop custom chipsets. Especially considering the Pixel line isn’t exactly flying off the shelves. And with recent layoffs, cash seems to be a bit tight in Mountain View.

Yet, Google seems to be sticking to its guns. The company appears convinced that to elevate the Pixel line, it needs to break away from Exynos and customize the Tensor chipsets. Pixel enthusiasts who agree might want to hold off on the Pixel 9 series set to launch this October.

Why? Unless Google can counter Samsung‘s Galaxy AI attack with some dazzling features of its own, it might not be worth it. The smarter move? Wait until the Tensor G5 is powering the Pixel 10 to see Google’s full response.

Derrick Flynn
Derrick Flynn
With over four years of experience in tech journalism, Derrick has honed his skills and knowledge to become a vital part of the PhonesInsights team. His intuitive reviews and insightful commentary on the latest smartphones and wearable technology consistently provide our readers with valuable information.


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