Pixel 9 will be woefully behind other flagships in gaming performance if this leak is true

Pixel 9 will be woefully behind other flagships in gaming performance if this leak is true
The Google Pixel 9's Tensor G4 may come with the same GPU as the Pixel 8, says leaker Revegnus.

The Tensor G2 features a seven-core Arm Mali-G710 GPU and is no match for the top gaming phones. You can definitely play games on the Pixel 7 but the experience will be decent at best and you can't play demanding games at the highest settings.

Meanwhile, other high-end phones like the Galaxy S23 Ultra can easily tackle intense games. In fact, the new iPhone 15 Pro is being compared to handheld gaming consoles due to its improved GPU with support for upscaling and hardware-accelerated ray tracing. You will even be able to play native versions of some big-budgeted games on the iPhone 15 Pro.

The Tensor G3 is expected to have a ten-core Arm Immortalis G715 GPU, which could lead to around a 15 percent improvement in graphics performance. The Arm Immortalis-G715 also supports ray tracing. 

Even with the G715, the Pixel 8 will be behind Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered phones in graphics performance. Most buyers will probably be okay with that as Pixel phones are known for their cameras and machine learning features rather than raw power. What's a little alarming though is that next year's Pixel 9 will also have the same GPU. But since the phone is still more than a year away, nothing can be said with certainty at this point.

As for the Tensor G3,  it's likely to feature a new 1+4+4 core layout with newer but not the latest ARM cores. It's also expected to be better at heat management, which is something that Pixel fans will definitely appreciate as the Tensor-powered Pixels heat up easily. 

Google has already shown us what the Pixel 8 looks like and will fully reveal the lineup on October 4. The phones are expected to have slightly smaller screens than the outgoing models, a bigger main camera, a new ultrawide shooter, bigger batteries. and support for faster charging speeds.

The phones are rumored to get longer software support than the current-gen models, which have been promised three OS upgrades and five years of security support. There's also a slight chance that they will be more expensive

Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that the Tensor G3 will have the same GPU as the G2. We have updated it for accuracy.
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