Google apparently doesn’t really want review authors and even regular owners of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones to measure their performance. In the Play Store app store, popular benchmarks are shown as incompatible with these devices, the resource reports. Notebook check.
Google has deprived reviewers of a simple and obvious way to install the famous Geekbench and 3DMark benchmarks on its Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro phones. The Geekbench test suite is used to measure the performance of the central processor, and 3DMark is used to test the graphics subsystem. Such tests are a standard part of any review (including on our website), as they help to create an overall assessment of the device’s performance based on objective indicators and compare it with other devices.
The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones are powered by the Google Tensor G3 chip. The company emphasized that it was created with an eye on efficient and optimized work with artificial intelligence algorithms. The company apparently indicated that some performance deficiencies in common tasks were already known. Blocking access to tests in the Play Store does not mean that they cannot be run in principle, since Android allows the installation of applications from third-party sources, so the results of performance measurements will still be displayed. And they turned out to be unflattering.
In tests of energy efficiency in integer calculations (tables above) new articles showed is approximately at the level of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, which was released at the beginning of 2021. In the first Geekbench 6 reports, which appeared to lift the ban on publishing reviews, the Google Pixel 8 Pro’s Tensor G3 chip scored 1760 points in the single-core test and 4442 in the multi-core test. For comparison: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which is now considered the standard (which will soon be replaced by a successor), achieves an average of 2003 or 5427 points.
At the same time, the central processors of both chips are very similar and the 9-core Tensor G3 even has an advantage over the 8-core Snapdragon 8 Gen 2; and in the middle cluster, where the Google chip has four Arm Cortex-A715 cores, the Qualcomm chip makes do with a pair of Cortex-A715s and two older Cortex-A710s.
The likely reason for this state of affairs is Samsung’s choice of Google Tensor G3 as a manufacturer: the Korean manufacturer helped adapt the platform, but its 4LPP (4 nm) process technology is inferior to TSMC’s N4P technology, which was used to release the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is used. In the 3DMark Wild graphics test Life Stress Test, the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro models performed noticeably weaker than all current flagships and were even worse than the Pixel 7 Pro from last year.
The decision to continue blocking the installation of benchmarks by default after the release of Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, which extended not only to the authors of the test but also to ordinary users, is probably intended to prevent the installation of a simple fact. The performance indicators of the Tensor G3 chip bring smartphones to the level of models in the mid-price segment and not to products of the upper cohort, which is dominated by Apple and Samsung – the chips in their smartphones are significantly faster, more efficient and also offer hardware acceleration for AI algorithms.