Microsoft’s mini LLM Phi-2 is now open source and allegedly better than Google Gemini Nano


  • Added information about MIT license
  • New benchmarks added

Update from January 6, 2024:

Microsoft is releasing Phi-2 under the MIT Open-Source License. The MIT license is a permissive license that permits commercial use, distribution, modification, and private use of the licensed software. The only condition is that you retain the copyright and license notices.

The license also grants permission to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense and/or sell copies of the software. However, the software, in this case the AI model, is provided “as is” without any warranty or liability on the part of the authors or copyright holders.

Updated December 12, 2023:



Phi-2 is Microsoft’s smallest language model. New benchmarks from the company show it beating Google’s Gemini Nano.

Microsoft has released more details on Phi-2, including detailed benchmarks comparing the 2.7 billion parameter model with Llama-2, Mistral 7B and Google’s Gemini Nano.

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In comparison with Google’s smallest language model of the Gemini family, Phi-2 shows better performance in all benchmarks presented by Microsoft.

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Microsoft has also carried out extensive tests with frequently used prompts. The conclusion: “We observed a behavior in accordance with the expectation we had given the benchmark results.”

Gemini Nano is to be used on end devices such as the Pixel 8.


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