Google has developed its own chipsets. The Tensor chips power the Pixel line handsets. The next-gen smartphones from this series will also sport the second-gen chip inside. However, we should also recall that Samsung was the company that helped the tech giant design its own chips. Now, it seems that Samsung is testing Google’s chip. So there is every reason to think that there could be Samsung smartphones with this processor onboard.
In fact, the first-generation Tensor chip used in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is an improved version of the Exynos 2100. So the one in the test could be an improved version of another Exynos chip. Does this also mean that the new chip will appear on Samsung phones?
A Mysterious Tensor Chip
According to GalaxyClub, Samsung is testing two new chipsets. One of them could be the successor to the Exynos 1280. It would be named the Exynos 1380. The model number of the other chipset is S5P9865, which may be the next-generation Google Tensor chipset. These assumptions are based on the guess that the model number of the first-generation Tensor processor is S5P9845.
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However, the source is unsure whether it is Tensor 2 or something else. The reason is that the S5P9865 (codenamed “Zum”) is being tested on a development board codenamed “Ripcurrent.” Before this, we learned that the Tensor 2 was tested on a development board code-named “Cloudripper.” Thus, the Tensor 2 is most likely to appear on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, while this mysterious Tensor chip should come to the Pixel 8 series and the Samsung __ [fill in the blank].
Samsung is also testing a chipset with model number S5E8835, which is going to be the follow-up chipset of the Exynos 1280. The latter has already managed to appear in various mid-range Galaxy smartphones. So we think the alleged Exynos 1380 will power some mid-range smartphones in 2023.