The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are launching later today, but we’re already seeing leaked benchmarks that suggest they won’t compete with the fastest phones on the market.
Last year’s Pixel 6 phones were good at a lot of things, but their own Tensor G1 chips didn’t impress in terms of performance. It looks like this will continue with the Pixel 7 lineup and its Tensor G2 chip.
The Google Pixel 7 Pro has appeared on the popular AnTuTu testing tool (courtesy Gadgetful DB) which tries to reflect the overall performance level of the phone. A score of 801,116 puts it above the Pixel 6 Pro by about 85,000 points, which is decent progress.
However, that score puts the Pixel 7 Pro far behind the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and the Dimensity 9000 crowd. The likes of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Motorola Edge 30 Pro, and Xiaomi 12 Pro scored just under the 1,000,000 mark. Gaming phones, meanwhile, such as ROG Phone 6D and Red Magic 7S Pro have reached the 1,100,000 mark.
Of course, you should never take any benchmarks at face value, and AnTuTu in particular has been shown to be susceptible to manufacturer tampering to artificially boost results. We also have to consider that Tensor G2 compatibility issues may occur before the Pixel 7 launch.
However, this isn’t the first leak we’ve seen before the launch of the Pixel 7 Pro benchmarks. Just a couple of weeks ago, the phone was featured in the popular Geekbench processor benchmarking tool.
Again, it scored a couple of hundred points more than the Pixel 6 Pro. Again, this figure is well behind competitors powered by Qualcomm and MediaTek hardware.
Google’s point of view with their own Tensor chip has always been that it focuses on efficiency and machine learning, of course, rather than pure performance.