Google Pixel Fold 2 may get a giant efficiency bump for on-device AI

The Google Pixel Fold 2 might skip the Tensor G3 chip in favor of a next-generation Tensor and include a hefty 16GB of RAM, which might be a primary for a Pixel telephone. 

This all comes from an nameless supply who spoke to Android Authority and claimed the subsequent foldable telephone from Google will include a Tensor G4 chip and sure launch alongside the very-much-rumored Google Pixel 9, as a substitute of at Google’s mid-year I/O occasion the place the unique Pixel Fold was launched. 

In response to the supply, earlier prototypes of the Pixel Fold have been geared up with a Tensor G3 chip, however Google has since had a change in growth and opted to go for an as but unreleased Tensor chip. 

For the uninitiated, the Tensor chips are in-house designed slices of silicon from Google that prioritize AI workloads over the uncooked CPU and GPU efficiency of the likes of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. These Tensor chips allow quick AI features, akin to stay translation, in addition to energy newer generative AI instruments such because the Magic Editor discovered on the Google Pixel 8 sequence. 

Going for a brand new Tensor chip within the next-gen Pixel Fold could be one solution to make the telephone standout from its non-folding predecessors, past simply having a folding display. The doubtless enhance in energy, particularly in onboard machine studying and neural processing, may yield quicker and extra responsive AI options, along with new generative AI instruments. And on a foldable telephone, generative AI options that might assist produce extra content material or higher handle one’s workflows, makes plenty of sense. 

In fact, Android Authority’s nameless supply could possibly be utterly flawed and we might merely see the Pixel Fold 2 launch this yr across the identical timeframe as its predecessor did; the Pixel Fold was revealed in Might 2023 after which launched on June 27. If this proves to be the case then the Pixel Fold 2 would doubtless include the Tensor G3. 

Folding in additional energy 

Google Pixel Fold in a half folded-state, against an orange background

(Picture credit score: Google)

As somebody who typically makes use of foldable telephones, my hope is that the Pixel Fold 2 does certainly include a Tensor G4 chip and the aforementioned 16GB of RAM. Whereas telephones specs and efficiency can typically really feel a tad moot – even telephones which can be a number of years outdated are nonetheless greater than highly effective sufficient to deal with just about something – extra energy in a foldable telephone makes extra sense. 

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That’s as a result of I imagine foldable telephones make for very robust productiveness gadgets, with some scope to even work as mini desktop PCs with the likes of Samsung DeX or varied display mirroring. So having extra energy means you’ll be able to doubtless do extra.  

Equally, I believe foldable telephones current a chance for extra highly effective generative AI options. Not solely do they supply further display area for manipulating photos, however AI could possibly be used to higher deal with multitasking, serving up apps and intelligently resizing home windows and views based mostly on a person’s wants – this will surely cut back the faff I encounter when making an attempt to manually arrange break up display apps. 

With the Pixel Fold 2 present merely within the realms of rumor, we’ll have to attend and see if extra ideas and leaks pop up as 2024 presses on. However issues look eager for a successor to one among our picks for the very best foldable telephones. 


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