Google Pixel 9 Pro Tensor G4 CPU Specs & Benchmark Scores Leak

Written on 06/01/2024
Taylor Bell


As of now, the results don't look very promising.

  • Leaked benchmarks of the Pixel 9 series give us a first look at the Tensor G4 chip and its new 1+3+4 core configuration.
  • The benchmark numbers show modest performance improvements compared to the Pixel 8.

Google hasn't always had the best track record when it comes to keeping secrets about its upcoming Pixel smartphones, and it looks like the Pixel 9 series is no exception. After leaked images of the Pixel 9, 9 Pro, and 9 Pro XL surfaced, now a leaked benchmark image of the Pixel 9 smartphone has revealed details about the Tensor G4 chipset.

From the images, we can see that the AnTuTu scores of Pixel 9 smartphones range from 1.07 million to 1.17 million, with the Pixel 9 Pro XL achieving the highest score. For comparison: the base model of the Pixel 8 achieves around 900,000 points.

In addition, Google's upcoming foldable device, which is expected to launch alongside the Pixel 9 series, may also feature the same internal specifications. However, given the space constraints within the design of foldable devices, its benchmark scores may be in a similar range to the Pixel 9 series.

The performance gains do not seem to be as dramatic at this point. However, it is important to remember that these tests were conducted on non-final software, and Google may be able to further optimize performance before launch.

According to the benchmark test results published by Rozetked, the Tensor G4 has an eight-core configuration: one Cortex-X4 at 3.1 GHz, three Cotrex-A720s at 2.6 GHz, and four Cortex-A520s at 1.95 GHz. In terms of changes, the G4 has a reduced core count, moving to an eight-core configuration compared to the nine-core configuration of the Tensor G3, and increased clock speeds for all cores.

With the Cortex-X4 (which is what the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is using), Arm touts a 15% performance improvement compared to the previous generation and 40% better power efficiency.

On the A720 front, there’s a 20% boost in power efficiency compared to its predecessor, while the A510 touts similar 22% gains.

These devices are not running final software and there are months of optimization and tuning ahead. You should take that into consideration when looking at the AnTuTu benchmarks for the Tensor G4 on the Pixel 9 series. There are some performance gains, with the Pixel 8 included for comparison.

  • Pixel 8: 877,443 points
  • Pixel 9 (Tokay): 1,016,167
  • Pixel 9 Pro (Caiman): 1,148,452
  • Pixel 9 Pro XL (Komodo): 1,176,410

While the Tensor G4 configuration and performance are comparable to the current Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, keep in mind that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will launch just a few months after the Pixel 9 series. This could once again put Pixel phones behind other Android flagships in terms of performance.

The Pixel 9 series outlook is further complicated by the fact that the Pixel 10's Tensor G5 chip is expected to move to TSMC. TSMC is known for its superior power efficiency and performance metrics, and with a much better performing Pixel on the horizon, this could put the Pixel 9 series in a difficult position.