We still haven’t seen the Google Tensor 2, and yet Google and Samsung are reportedly already working on a third-generation Tensor SoC, which will power the Pixel 8 series next year. This comes from a report from the Dutch publication GalaxyClub. It comes as no surprise that Google and Samsung will continue to work on their joint venture, as the two brands have been a lot closer since the pandemic.
However, Google does have a pattern of often canceling projects. After all, the first Tensor chipset wasn’t exactly competitive with Qualcomm and Apple’s offerings. But reports suggest that the situation might change in the future. The benefit of the Tensor is that Google is free to customise the SoC to its requirements. For instance, the Pixel 6’s strong camera AI capabilities let it provide a number of cutting-edge functions, which its Exynos derivate didn’t have.
Unfortunately, the report only mentions that the Tensor 3 is being tested on a development board with the codename “Ripcurrent,” and that its model number is S5P9865. Additionally, there’s some talk about the Exynos 1280 successor. Many mid-range smartphones on the market are powered by this Samsung-made processor, and the next 1380 might do the same. Details about the upcoming chipset are scarce, apart from the fact that it is under development and might ship as early as next year.