A benchmark result believed to be that of the upcoming Google Pixel XL smartphone, codenamed Marlin, has recently surfaced. The benchmark result not also confirmed some of the rumored hardware specs of the upcoming flagship device from Google.
The GeekBench benchmark result was first posted on Phone Arena. Although the benchmark did not specifically named the device as the Google Pixel XL, it was tagged as Google Marlin, which many in the tech community speculate is the Google's upcoming flagship smartphone.
The benchmark result revealed that the device is running on Android NMR1 which many believe refer to the latest version of the Android mobile operating system, the Android 7.0 Nougat. This particular is not entirely surprising as Google is known to launch the newest version of operating system at around the same time its flagship smartphone will hit the market.
The Geekbench listing also showed that Google Marlin to be powered by a still unconfirmed Qualcomm chipset with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.59GHz. Given its number of cores and clock speed, many speculate that it is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, according to Android Headlines. The benchmark result also revealed the Marlin to have 4GB of memory.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, coupled with 4GB of memory is a fairly common trend among some flagship smartphones released this year. Among the most notable flagship devices to sport the same chipset-memory configuration are the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5, and the HTC 10. Although the Snapdragon 820 chipset is a decent enough piece of hardware, some enthusiasts might raise an eyebrow over this specific gear especially when the faster Snapdragon 821 is already available in the market.
Prior to the recent benchmark leak, the tech community was surprised when Google announced last week that the company will drop the Nexus brand for its flagship smartphone. Instead, Google will be branding its two upcoming smartphones as Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL.