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Pixel 8 hardware leaks suggest faster chip, tweaked screen ratios

If the earliest of Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro rumors are to be believed, there could be more RAM and a notably different chip inside even the lower-spec Pixel 8.

Enlarge / If the earliest of Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro rumors are to be believed, there could be more RAM and a notably different chip inside even the lower-spec Pixel 8. (credit: Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica)

Google’s Pixel line changes from year to year, but one area of consistency is frequent supply chain leaks at every stage of a Pixel’s life. Just a few weeks after the Pixel 7 arrived in most people’s hands, a German website claims to have details of two Pixel-like devices being tested at Google.

WinFuture cites devices codenamed “Shiba” and “Husky,” both running Android 14 “Upside Down Cake” and sporting a new Tensor G3 system-on-a-chip developed with Samsung’s Exynos division. WinFuture’s source suggests the package, codenamed Zuma, would have the same 5G modem as the Tensor G2, but the processor would be based on Samsung’s 3 nm Exynos 2300, with the typical Google AI/ML improvements baked in. The Exynos 2300 was seemingly on the verge of cancellation but has recently shown up again in Bluetooth certification documents.

A 3 nm, Exynos-2300-based Tensor matches up with what noted Pixel hardware-watcher Kuba Wojciechowski has seen in export databases and heard from sources.

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