Google Says It Worked With Intel on Pixel Visual Core SoC for Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL

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Google Says It Worked With Intel on Pixel Visual Core SoC for Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
Highlights
  • Pixel Visual Core made in collaboration with Intel
  • The custom-made SoC likely to be activated soon
  • Google may activate Pixel Visual Core with Android 8.1

Google's latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones pack the company's first custom-designed co-processor called Pixel Visual Core. The company last week revealed that this processor will enable users to take HDR+ images as well as handle things like machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). Now, the Mountain View-based giant has revealed that it collaborated with Intel for the Pixel Visual Core.

Google has already announced that it will turn the new co-processor through a software update to enable more apps to use Pixel 2's camera for supporting HDR+ image quality. A Google spokesperson confirmed the news to CNBC in an email and said that "no existing chip had exactly what Google wanted for the new Pixel devices."

A recent teardown of the Google Pixel 2 XL revealed the all-new Pixel Visual Core which is currently sitting idly inside the phone. Google is expected to activate the Pixel Visual Core chip when it releases Android 8.1 software update. Google says Pixel Visual Core will be enhance the camera capabilities of the phone. Google's main idea of activating the Pixel Visual Core is to let developers make use of the chip in third-party apps for HDR+ photo processing. This will also allow developers to take just as good pictures as the default camera takes.

Talking about the specifics of the custom chip, it packs an octa-core Image Processing Unit (IPU) which can handle more than trillion operations per second. The IPU cores can also process HDR+ image processing by as much as "5x faster" and reduce the power consumption to "less than 1/10th of the energy" than it currently does, as per Google. Additionally, the Pixel Visual Core sports its own CPU (a single Cortex-A53 core), its own DDR4 RAM, and a PCIe line.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Comfortable form factor, lightweight
  • Great cameras
  • Intelligent software features
  • Excellent performance
  • Bad
  • Volume button feels stiff
  • Boring design
Display 5.00-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 12.2-megapixel
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 2700mAh
OS Android 8.0.0
Resolution 1080x1920 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Ergonomic design
  • Great cameras
  • Intelligent software features
  • Good battery life
  • Excellent performance
  • Bad
  • Annoying blue tint on display
  • Too expensive
Display 6.00-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 12.2-megapixel
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 3520mAh
OS Android 8.0.0
Resolution 1440x2880 pixels
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