Pixel 7 and 7 Pro: 2nd generation Tensor, new Samsung modem

Pixel 7 and 7 Pro: 2nd generation Tensor, new Samsung modem

9to5Google unveiled the first concrete details of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, including the codenames of the devices, the Tensor chip used and their Samsung modem.

Last year, we shared that Google was already hard at work on a second generation of the Tensor GS101 processor that powers the Pixel 6 series – and the upcoming Pixel 6a and Pixel Notepad devices. At the time, we were able to find the processor’s model number, GS201, and hook it up with a codename, “Cloudripper”, which we believe is an internal developer test board only.

Following the release of the Android 13 Developer Preview, we’ve found a bit more information on what Google has in store for 2022. For starters, trusted source and site friend Cstark27 spotted that the GS201 chip will feature a – currently unreleased – Samsung modem with the model number “g5300b”. For comparison, the Pixel 6 lists its modem as “g5123b”, which is the Exynos 5123 modem. Given the model number, we suspect Google’s second-generation Tensor chip will have the Exynos 5300 modem, details of which have not been announced.

Besides Cloudripper in the code, there are also three additional device codenames associated with the Exynos 5300 modem. The two we will focus on first are “Cheetah” and “Panther”. 9to5Google learned that both of these codenames are associated with the Pixel 7 and likely Pixel 7 Pro phones that are slated for release this fall. As these devices are said to have the same modem as Cloudripper, we are now much more confident that the Pixel 7 series will be powered by the second-generation Google Tensor GS201 chip.

As an interesting aside, Cheetah and Panther are distinctly feline codenames. All Pixel and Nexus phones released before the Pixel 6 series were given codenames related to fish or other sea life. Meanwhile, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have taken a different approach, codenamed “Oriole” and “Raven” respectively. This avian nomenclature is expected to continue, with the Pixel 6a being “Bluejay” and the Pixel Notepad being “Pipit”. It’s too early to say for sure, but it looks like Google is now changing its codename scheme for Pixel hardware on a generational basis, with the 2022-2023 season receiving cat-like codenames.

The third new Pixel code name associated with the Exynos 5300 modem is “Ravenclaw”. At first glance, this might seem like a simple reference to Hogwarts, but we think there are a few more nuances.

We previously reported that while the first Google Tensor chip was being developed – long before the Pixel 6 design was finalized – Google tested the chip internally by replacing the Snapdragon 765 in Pixel 5 units with the Tensor processor. This mashup device was internally called “Whitefin” – a suitcase codename taking “white” from the Tensor Project’s “Whitechapel” and “fin” from the Pixel 5’s “redfin”. We believe Ravenclaw is a similar mashup, taking the body of a Pixel 6 Pro – aka Raven – and adding the GS201 chip, the “claw” being a reference to the felines of the Pixel 7 generation.

At this time, there are no further specs or details to share on the Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro, but we’ll keep a close eye on them over the coming months.

Dylan Roussel contributed to this article

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