Last Updated: October 09, 2023, 08:00 IST
The new Google Pixel 8 series phones seem better equipped to handle the heating issues that have plagued previous Pixel models. Google continues to use Samsung’s 4nm node to develop the Tensor G3 chip but this year’s Pixel 8 series are reportedly doing better with performance, albeit with some cut backs.
The 4nm Samsung process has caused issues over the years, forcing the company to ditch its in-house chipset in favour of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen chips and that has worked well for its flagship lineup. So, with the new Pixels out, there have been positive expectations and now we are slowly getting a reality check on where the new Tensor G3 chip compares with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and the new Apple A-series chips.
The Geekbench results suggests the Pixel 8 series still lags behind in terms of performance but it seems the heating issues are now in check but that has seemingly come at the cost of throttling the chipset.
There were reports earlier this year, which suggested the new Pixel phones will finally end the heating concern, and that part has likely been covered. However, throttling performance doesn’t exude confidence in the brand and the product, especially when you are buying them for well over a lakh in the market this year. We’re hoping that meagre change in the thermal management of the Pixel phones helps with improved battery life.
You want a flagship product to challenge the best, or even better them. But it is critical that Google sorts its chip issue which could have an impact on how people decide to spend their money on a new phone this year and later.
The new Pixel 8 series has launched in India with the Pixel 8 priced at Rs 75,999, while the Pixel 8 Pro costs Rs 1,06,999. There are some bank offers which bring the prices down but even then, the levels and stakes are much higher at this level.