The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are powered by Google’s in-house tensor chip. The company is following in Apple’s footsteps and appears to have recognized that having an in-house chipset is better from both a performance and an efficiency standpoint. How do the Pixel 6 Pro and its tensor chip compare to the A15 Bionic chip in the iPhone 13 Pro Max in a speed test?
An extensive speed test by YouTuber PhoneBuff detailed this. The speed test is carried out via a machine in order to reduce all variables as much as possible. For the test, the YouTuber opened a number of apps on both devices and timed the entire process. For a detailed analysis, he also noted the individual loading times of each app.
The Pixel 6 Pro could be charged Word and Excel Files much faster than the iPhone 13 Pro Max. This gave the phone an early head start on the speed test, but it couldn’t keep it. When exporting a video during the speed test, the iPhone 13 Pro managed to catch up and beat Google’s offer.
Ultimately, the iPhone 13 Pro Max managed to complete the first lap of the speed test in 1 minute 59 seconds, while the Pixel 6 Pro took just 4 seconds more at 2 minutes 3 seconds. In the second round of the speed test, in which all apps were loaded from the phone’s RAM, the iPhone 13 Pro Max won again and took 2 minutes 49 seconds, while the Pixel 6 Pro took 2 minutes 55 seconds. Even though the Pixel 6 Pro offers twice as much RAM compared to the iPhone: 12 GB vs. 6 GB.
Overall, while the Pixel 6 Pro lost the speed test to the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the results are impressive. The Tensor is Google’s first smartphone chipset, so the company is still learning a lot. The results also show that Google has optimized the hardware and software for the best possible performance, even though the tensor is not as fast as Apple’s A15 Bionic.