For the second time today, our attention turns to NenaMark and its collection of Android graphics benchmarks. This time, we’re looking at an anomaly in the reports tied to Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. While most results are as expected, there’s one test case reporting higher-than average performance, and it looks like it might be the result of a few hardware changes.
The Galaxy Nexus, with its TI OMAP 4460 SoC, sees its graphics handled by a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. The Nexus we’re looking at here, on the other hand, claims to have a more powerful SGX544 die as part of its silicon. The upgraded GPU would go a long way to explaining the increase in test scores.
We’ve heard of the SGX544 a few times before, first when Texas Instruments announced its OMAP 4470 featuring the GPU back in the spring of last year. Could we be looking at a Galaxy Nexus where the original 4460 has been replaced with this new component? If so, how would such a handset arrive? One theory suggests that Sprint might introduce the refreshed model, as it launches its LTE service.
Of course, as with many benchmarks, we have to consider the possibility that these results may be fabricated. That said, we’re very interested to learn more about the possible veracity of this data, and will be looking for any more signs of a new 4470-powered Galaxy Nexus.