In July, a report from The Information claimed that Google's Tensor G4 processor will be based on an Exynos chip, just like previous-generation Tensor chips. The Tensor G4 is expected to power the Pixel 9 series that will be launched in 2024. Various rumors suggest that this Samsung chipset will be the Exynos 2400, which will arrive with the Galaxy S24 early next year. Thanks to Android Authority, we have more information about the upcoming chip from Google today.
According to the report, the codename of the Tensor G4 is ‘Zuma Pro,‘ and the processor is currently running on a development board with the codename Ripcurrent Pro. Reportedly, the chipset is being co-designed by Samsung's System LSI arm, and it will offer a slight upgrade in terms of performance over the nine-core Tensor G3 (based on the unreleased Exynos 2300). For reference, the codename of the Tensor G3 is ‘Zuma,' and the codename of its development board is ‘Ripcurrent.'
Google to go full-custom with Tensor chip design in 2025
The Tensor G5 processor, which is expected to power the Pixel 10, will reportedly feature a “fully custom” design. That means it will not be based on an Exynos chipset. Google also plans to get the Tensor G5 manufactured by TSMC rather than Samsung Foundry. That means starting from 2025, Samsung's System LSI and Samsung Foundry could have one less customer.
On a side note, Google is scheduled to launch the Tensor G3-powered Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8 Pro smartphones on October 4, 2023. These phones will have better designs and improved cameras. Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will have bigger ISOCELL GN2 primary camera sensors. The Pixel 8 Pro also uses a 64MP ultrawide camera, while the Pixel 8 will use a 12MP ultrawide camera. The Pixel 8 Pro reportedly has a 48MP telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom.