Power over brains! a supercharged Galaxy S23 to run circles around the Pixel 7; Tensor 2 left in the dust

I’ve already written my fair share of stories about Google’s Tensor chip, designed in partnership with Samsung…

in Summary from ex AbstractsIt’s pretty clear that Google is resorting to making Tensor chips with Samsung because it’s more cost-effective than buying from Qualcomm but also because this gives Sundar Pichai & Co more control over what the final (better) SoC can do. In the case of Google, Tensor’s focal points are AI and machine learning — parts of the SoC that enable super-smart features like real-time dictation and translation, the Google Assistant (and all the cool help it offers), and even a handy Magic Eraser trick that lets Pixel users erase strangers from their photos .

The thing is, with such a strong focus on getting the most out of Samsung’s low-cost Tensor chips, the guys from Mountain View had to give up other things like sheer processing power and the newfound efficiency that Qualcomm processors bring to the table.

Bad news”? If you’re choosing between the cheaper Pixel 7 and the upcoming (higher-priced) Galaxy S23, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset won’t make your choice any easier!

The good news? It will deliver Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Samsung (and not only) flagship phones that have a really strong selling point on the Tensor G2, as this chip seems to make phones like the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro look like… mid-range!

Mind control or minds over power?

Older Samsung phones are already faster than the Pixel 7; The Galaxy S23 with Google’s flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor could make it look like an actual mid-range phone

If we compare the current flagships from Samsung, then Galaxy S22 to Pixel 7, we’ll see that the two aren’t far apart when it comes to CPU benchmarks (Geekbench 5):

  • Galaxy S22 scores approximately 1150 points in single core (simple tasks) and 3300 points in multi-core performance (more demanding tasks)
  • The Pixel 7 scores about 1,050 single-core points and 3,250 multi-core points

So yeah — the older Samsung flagship still beats the Pixel 7 series when it comes to raw CPU performance but really, not by much…

Where things start to look even worse for Google’s flagship phone is when we compare the Pixel 7 to a phone Galaxy Z Fold 4, featuring the improved Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC:

  • Galaxy Z Flip 4 powered by Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 scores nearly 4,000 in single-core tests and around 1,300 in multi-core
  • This means that Qualcomm’s mid-cycle refresh SoC scores nearly 19% higher than the Pixel 7 and Tensor G2 in single-core and multi-core CPU tasks, which is not insignificant.

Flagship or mid-range? Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 could change the way we look at Pixel 7 and Tensor

Where it gets a bit ugly for Google and the Pixel 7 (of course, processor-wise) is when you look at the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which runs all the way around the Tensor G2 and the rest of the competition (except for Apple’s A16 Bionic).

Unlike last week, we now have very real benchmark scores from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, thanks to the iQOO 11 flagship made by Vivo, which became the first internationally available Android phones with the new generation Qualcomm SoC!

  • The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that powers iQOO 11 and is expected to appear on all Galaxy S23 models worldwide scores 1,500 single-core CPU performance and nearly 5,000 multi-core!

  • Once again, the Pixel 7 and Tensor G2 hit 1050 single-core and 3250 multi-core scores, which means iQOO 11 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 blow through Google’s flagship, surpassing it by 42% in single-core tasks and 53% in Multi-core – a difference that we usually only notice when comparing flagship phones against mid-range phones (2020, 2021 and even 2022).

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 also offers faster storage than the Pixel 7

The Antutu results (CPU, GPU, and RAM test) for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 also leave the Tensor G2 in the dust:

  • iQOO 11 scored nearly 1,273,000 on Antutu
  • Pixel 7 scores nearly 813,000 points, or 34% less

As indicated by the Antutu scores, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will also come with faster RAM than its predecessors and, respectively, the Tensor G2. This is because, unlike older phones, Qualcomm’s new chip will now run UFS 4.0 storage, which brings a significant jump in read/write speeds over the older UFS 3.1, found in the Pixel 7 and all other Android phones on the market so far.

The Pixel 7 lags behind the Galaxy S23 on software updates that can affect performance in the long run; Android’s “default” flagship might not be that “default” after all…

Obviously, processing power will be the Achilles’ heel of the Pixel 7 series when compared to the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra. However, there is another important area where the Galaxy continues to dominate the Pixel, and surprisingly or not, these are software updates, honestly, I was almost convinced that Google would feel more generous and start offering at least 4 years of Android updates and 5 years of security Support with the launch of the Pixel 7, but that’s not the case. Instead, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will get 3 years of OS updates and 4 years of security support — just like last year’s Pixel 6 series.

On the other hand, Samsung has really stepped up its software update game lately, and there’s no reason why the Galaxy S23 series can’t keep that tradition, which means it should give you 4 years of OS updates and 5 years of security support. The South Korean company is faster to provide these updates too (although, of course, not as fast as Google – main source).

Ultimately, processing power and software updates wouldn’t be the only factors you should consider if you’re choosing between the Galaxy S23 and Pixel 7. However, I’d be lying if I said they were features for you that we should overlook.

Practically speaking, if I Choosing between the Pixel 7 and the Galaxy S23 (mind you, we still haven’t seen how a Samsung phone performs in any/all areas), I thought I’d bet on the Galaxy! At least if I knew, I would keep the phone for as long as possible (4-5 years).

do you agree?

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