Benchmark suggests Xiaomi Mi 5 ‘Gemini’ could be one of the first Snapdragon 820 phones
It’s an odd feeling, but after Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 overheating fiasco, we can’t let ourselves get overwhelmed with excitement just because the semiconductor giant promises the glitches won’t make a return for the 820, also advertised as greatly improved on both the performance and energy efficiency fronts.
Then again, if smartphones powered by the quad-core, 14nm FinFet-based Snapdragon 820 chip are already in advanced stages of testing, it’s very likely the silicon is 100 percent reliable, super-speedy, and cucumber cool.
But if you presume global handheld sales king Samsung will be awarded the honor of breaking the 820’s duck, you may be way off, as a (not so) mysterious Xiaomi Gemini completed its first benchmark run mere hours ago.
This is almost definitely the long overdue Mi 5 flagship that the up-and-coming Chinese manufacturer reportedly plans to unveil early next month, and under the hood, there lies an MSM8996 processor tentatively clocked at 1.59 GHz.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 can obviously run at much higher speeds, up to 3.0 GHz, so the already impressive Geekbench scores of the “Gemini” should be easily taken to new heights soon. The pre-release Xiaomi Mi 5 prototype yields 2,140 single-core and 4,762 multi-core points at the moment, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, for instance, is only capable of 1,200 and 4,300 performance totals respectively.
Not a lot of optimization work might be needed therefore, and the ultra-high-ender also has the freshest Android flavor, 6.0 Marshmallow, driving it on the software side of things. 3GB RAM as well, and 3D Touch-like technology, according to an older rumor.
Source: Primate Labs