Google’s Pixel 7 Pro is a bad gaming phone

The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are camera feats. However, that performance doesn’t seem to transfer to other tasks, with reviewers noting the lackluster gaming performance of the Tensor G2 chip.

YouTuber Golden Reviewer put the Pixel 7 Pro through its usual benchmarking, using the heavy graphics Genshin Impact.

He is one of the Josiahs favorite gamesthanks to its extensive character roster, a huge world to explore, and more.

But playing this impressive game on mobile might require a high-end phone, and it doesn’t seem like the Pixel 7 Pro is up to the task. Here’s what Golden Reviewer discovered.

Pixel 7 Pro disappoints in gaming benchmark

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The results were not flattering for the second-generation Google-designed Tensor G2. The Tensor G2 is built on Samsung’s 5nm process node, the same used on the Exynos 2100, which debuted in the Galaxy S21 line.

The Pixel 7 Pro’s Tensor G2 performs the same as the Exynos 2100, averaging 37.2 frames per second (FPS) and 5.4W average power. The Exynos 2100 managed 36.1 ips with an average power of 6.3 W.

Almost every smartphone released since the Galaxy S21 Ultra beats the score of the Pixel 7 Pro. The iPhone 13 Pro averages 52.7 FPS, the iPhone 14 Pro Max averages 58.4 FPS, and the Galaxy Fold 4 averages 41.4 FPS.

Aggressive strangulation could be the cause

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He then checked the temperature on the back of the phone. It had a high of 42.4 degrees Centigrade, which is “actually not very hot”, in his words.

Indeed, Google appears to have opted for aggressive performance throttling of the chip as it begins to heat up. Note that the Exynos 2100 rose to 46.3 C in the same test.

After a few minutes of gaming, the Pixel 7 Pro warmed up and the accelerator kicked in. He found that the second half of the ten-minute test had plenty of frame drops, even averaging 37.2 fps.

This could be to alleviate issues with the Tensor chip in the Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and 6a. These devices all had heat issues, more so than other smartphones.

For the record, the Pixel 6a I bought was sent back to Google the next day. It overheated during basic tasks such as reading emails, so I felt it was not suitable.

The results aren’t great, but it’s not the end of the world either.

Testing may not be the final word on Pixel 7 Pro performance. It’s worth noting that the only big-gain mobile chips of this generation are MediaTek’s Dimensity line.

We also have to say that the chart showed a wide range of results from the same chipset when looking at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon models.

It could be better-designed cooling on the best-performing handsets or other design decisions such as reducing peak power consumption so it takes longer to heat up.

Ultimately, these tests don’t spell disaster for the impressive Pixel 7 Pro. However, if gaming is something you care about on your smartphone, at least it’s something to consider.

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