Benchmarks for Google’s Pixel XL smartphone, currently codenamed as Marlin, has surfaced online, and it is seemingly confirming some of the device's rumored specifications.
The recently outed benchmarks were made using Geekbench and were first published online by Phone Arena. The Pixel XL is listed as “Google Marlin” and its operating system is listed as Android NMR1, which may simply refer to the latest version of Android 7.0 Nougat. This isn’t all too surprising considering that Google’s latest smartphones are always unveiled around the same time the latest version of Android is released.
Geekbench also listed that the handset will come with a quad-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 1.59 GHz. Although the Qualcomm processor listed is unnamed, it’s being speculated to be the Snapdragon 820. Also, majority of rumors have already settled that the device will come with the Snapdragon 820 chip, as pointed out by Android Headlines. In terms of memory, the leak indicates that the Pixel XL will come with 3,757MB which is the expected official listing for a device with 4GB of RAM.
The combination of the Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB RAM is fairly common with the most recent flagship smartphones released this year. Samsung’s Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and the LG G5 all have the same processor and RAM combo.
It wouldn’t be too out of the ordinary for Google to place the same hardware on its latest Android flagship smartphone. However, it may come as a disappointment to some considering that there’s already the faster Snapdragon 821, which is currently available on the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe only.
Last week, it was reported that Google would no longer be using the Nexus name for its upcoming smartphones. Instead, the HTC-built Sailfish and Marlin are going to be marketed/sold as the Pixel and the Pixel XL, respectively. IBT also reported that Google is planning to hold an event on October 4 to reveal the new smartphones along with the Daydream View VR headset and the new 4K-capable Chromecast.