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Ever since Google officially announced the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones, which will be powered by the custom-designed Tensor chipset, rumors have been circulating on the web that Samsung will be engaged in the production of this hardware platform. In itself, this news is not some kind of unique event, since the South Korean giant is working with several developers of SoC systems, including Qualcomm. However, Tensor could turn out to be a rebranding of the unreleased Exynos chipset, which Samsung has been working on for over a year.
Rumor has it that it could be the Exynos 9855, which is also codenamed Whitechapel. This is the exact name that Google uses internally to refer to Tensor. This chipset appears to have been developed in conjunction with the Exynos 9925, which will be unveiled next year as the Exynos 2200 and will debut alongside the Galaxy S22 line of flagship smartphones. This is exactly the chip that will house the AMD RDNA2 GPU.
Given the internal designation, the new hardware platform should be closer to the Exynos 9840 chip, which is known by its commercial name Exynos 2100. This chipset is equipped with Galaxy S21 smartphones in some markets, so Google’s performance solution will be somewhere between the Exynos 2100 and the upcoming Exynos 2200. It looks like Google and Samsung have been working on Tensor for a long time, and it fits perfectly into the release schedule: Exynos 2100 in early 2021, Tensor in late 2021, Exynos 2200 in early 2022.