To me, the story of Pixel phones has always been that of great promise pre-announcement. Compromise post-announcement. I always have high hopes that Google finally does the Pixel right. Latest processor, better camera sensors, etc. They always wind up coming in just behind the curve though. As a purely made up example, the most premium phones on the market are releasing with the 1025+ chip, but the Pixel is still using the 925 instead. I buy Pixels mainly for the cruft-free interface, but they are never at the top of performance. That being said, while I have high hopes for this Tensor chip I won't be surprised when it underperforms in day-to-day use (the thing that really matters most) compared to competitors. Maybe it's just benchmarks and etc and actual usage is fine, but that's what everyone nerds out about and you can't have the crown without it.