Google Pixel 8 to use a new Tensor 3 chip from Samsung

After the release of the Google Pixel 7 series, the company’s next smartphone will be the Google Pixel 8 series. At the moment, Google is already working on this series. Recently, two new Google devices with codenames “Shiba” and “Husky” appeared online. These devices come with a new processor which is probably the Google Tensor 3. However, there is no confirmation that these devices are in the Google Pixel 8 series. A public code of these devices reveals some details. First off, these smartphones will run on Android 14 “Upside Down Cake”. In addition, they will use a new processor which we suspect to be the Tensor 3 and will be manufactured by Samsung.

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Google Pixel 8 Tensor 3 chip has the codename “Zuma”

The new processor which is probably the Tensor 3 has the codename “Zuma”. This chip uses the same modem as the Google Tensor G2 (G201), i.e. a 5G G5300 modem developed by Samsung. Specific details about the SoC are not yet available. However, we know that Samsung recently worked on another new ARM SoC from its production, the Exynos 2300. It is conceivable that “Zuma” is a customized variant based on it. Of course, it will have Google-typical optimizations for machine learning and AI.

The Google Pixel 8 smartphones, “Shiba” and “Husky”, comes with up to 12GB of RAM. This means that the two new Google devices may be high-end smartphones. The display resolution also supports this speculation. “Shiba” comes with a Full HD resolution of 2268 x 1080 pixels while “Husky” has a resolution of 2822 x 1344 pixels. We can see that “Husky” has a better display and will likely be the Pro model. Whether it is actually the Google Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8 Pro is of course pure speculation. The form factors suggest that we are dealing with smartphones in the classic bar-type design and not with foldables or tablets.

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