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Smartphones: Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro with their own CPU and more AI in the test

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Anyone who buys a Pixel always gets functions that are not (initially) available on other Android smartphones. For example, the new Pixel 6 and the larger Pixel 6 Pro have a completely independent CPU. Up until now, every Pixel phone had a Qualcomm System-on-a-Chip (SoC). The latest generation of pixels breaks with this tradition. However, Google has not only switched to the competition, but has also developed its own system architecture. The aim of the whole thing: More AI in the smartphone. The photo and video functions benefit the most.

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The SoC, consisting of CPU, GPU, Titan-M2 security and AI chip, is what Google calls “Tensor” – based on Google’s machine learning environment Tensor Flow. The name is no coincidence: the tensor chip has its own processing unit that is optimized for local machine learning and AI calculations.

The tensor chip has three units: The fast unit has two cores that clock at a maximum of 2.8 gigahertz. There are also two medium-speed cores with 2.25 GHz and four slow cores with 1.8 GHz. The computing power of the middle cores is already sufficient for many more demanding applications, which has a positive effect on the battery life.

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