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A few years ago, Google announced that it would no longer rely on third-party chipsets for its Pixel series of smartphones. That decision culminated in the development of Tensor, Google’s semi-custom chip built in partnership with Samsung’s chip division. That tradition continues to this day with the latest Tensor G3 that powers the Pixel 8 series. But it didn’t take long for Qualcomm to steal the limelight with its announcement of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Does that make Google’s Tensor G3 outdated or is it still competitive vs the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3? Let’s find out in this head-to-head comparison.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 vs Google Tensor G3: Specs
Google released the Tensor G3 alongside the Pixel 8 series on October 4, 2023. Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 exactly twenty days later. Despite this proximity in release dates, however, both chips sport vastly different core configurations. Here’s a quick look at their respective spec sheets: