Intel helped Google develop the Pixel Visual Core co-processor inside its newest flagships

It might not be common knowledge yet, but Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with an additional processor inside, which is supposed to help the flagships perform better when executing various tasks.

Dubbed Pixel Visual Core, the co-processor is not yet enabled, so the smartphones do not yet take advantage of the AI-related features. However, the special chip will be activated along with Android 8.1 Oreo developer preview that's expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

The co-processor has been co-developed by Google and Intel since no current chip fit the search giant's needs. Last week, a teardown of the Pixel 2 XL revealed that the serial number on the Pixel Visual Core chip begins with “SR3,” the same group of letters and number used by Intel. The information was confirmed today by Google, although no additional details on the matter were provided.

When Google will enable the Pixel Visual Core co-processor, both its flagships should perform faster when shooting pictures using HDR+ technology, as well as better handle AI workloads in apps. Battery life should improve as well, but only on specific tasks.

Intel almost gave up the mobile chip market after it had to cancel some of its products specifically designed for smartphones and tablets. However, it looks like its expertise was enough to strike a deal with Google. It's hard to say whether or not the new co-processor will become a standard in future mobile devices, so let's just say it has potential.

source: CNBC

Related phones

Pixel 2
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh
Pixel 2 XL
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 3520 mAh



1. mikehunta727 unregistered

That's really cool wow

2. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

That would've been great news. Too bad the pixel is becoming a Note 7 level failure.


Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Lmao a bad display that you wouldn't see unless you pixel peep is no where the same level of a phone exploding and being banned for airlines. People like you are the ones making this problem seem out of control.

4. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

pixel peep? the colors are messed up , there is a really strong blue tint and people are reporting burn in the navigation bar after like 2 weeks .. that is a serious problem .they have no excuse with the price tag


Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Key question do you own one? You know how many people can say (insert problem of people phone here). Some note 8 users have burn some iPhone users have bloated batteries some Samsung phones still exploding. Seems to be no coverage at all in that anymore hmmmm. Maybe tech websites are spamming more and more for clicks just a thought.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Don't be a fanboy fool. It's so bad that the Verge pulled it's buy recommendations. The Nexus 5,6 and 6p suffer from poor quality control. I own all 3 of these products. Google does a horrible job with product quality after the sale. I got the Note 8 and I am glad that I did. Google always gets a half baked screen to go into their phones since the Nexus 5. They maximize profits on half baked hardware.

8. mikehunta727 unregistered

I am gonna agree with this, 6P build quality was not good and QC was lacking too,

10. Donforreal

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

I have had my pixel 2xl for a few days now and im coming from V20 and the screen is very warm and pleasing colors and the max brightness does not make my eyes blurred like V20. only on a bright white screen at weird angles it gets a cooler hue but nothing to bother about at all. I cannot notice it when anything like a photo/game/launcher is on screen. I have yet to see about burn in tho, scared a little....


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

One of my biggest gripes with the Nexus line is overall screen brightness. Outside viewing is all but useless. My Note 8 is night and day... I can see it outside in clear sunlight. I can sacrifice software smoothness for better overall hardware. Updates do not matter if you are changing your phone every 2 years as I have done.

9. jdrch

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

Wonder if they'll take responsibility for the Pixel's numerous other problems too? Given those, I'm not sure trumpeting their involvement is the right path for Intel at this time.

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