Single’s Day went by without a Xiaomi device being launch, supposedly it was speculated to announce the Redmi Note 2 Pro but threads on the MIUI forum got it wrong. On to more pressing matters, a Xiaomi device dubbed “Gemini” logged some stats on Geekbench – this time it isn’t a mid-range device, because it packs a Snapdragon 820 processor, under the hood.
Images of a metal backed device had made rounds earlier in the October, it was reported to be a higher-end Redmi Note 2 Pro but we think it might be the Mi 5 in disguise after all. Leading many to predict that this will be Xiaomi’s first attempt at such a high-end device; in terms of the metal design and beastly specs. We’ve seen Chinese manufacturers, Huawei, take it a step further recently, so maybe Xiaomi is ready to join the party.
We’re not implying that the Mi 4, Mi 4c and Mi Note aren’t worthy but this is really a step in the right direction for the Beijing based corporation. Posted with the MSM8996 model number (aka the Snapdragon 820), this “Gemini” will also take advantage of the Adreno 530 GPU on the same processor board.
Giving you a brief introduction of the Snapdragon 820 chipset’s credentials; Qualcomm promises that it’ll draw 30% less power than the 820, while graphics will get a 40% bump up, thanks to the Adreno 530 GPU. You can read on about the latest Qualcomm processor here.
Nailing the benchmarks with a single-core score of 2140 and multi-core score of 4762, how does it compare to the rest? Looking at single-core performance, the head of the pack is the iPhone 6s Plus with a 2,500 mark. While for the multi-core the Galaxy S6 sits high with a 5,000 score.
Some have dutifully pointed out that the clocked speeds are under-clocked, only at 1.6GHz so the full potential of the device is still in the wind. This is also just a prototype, not a working model, so we’re sure it’ll perform better once it’s official revealed. Another user TyrionLannister, mentions that “Geekbench always prints the lower clock speed. Even the 7420 posts 1.5GHz while the big cores are 2.1GHz”.
Good scores or bad scores, at least this listing shows that Xiaomi is working on a smartphone with the Snapdragon 820 inside. They’re no longer relying on lesser worthy chips and skipping the Snapdragon 810 all-together could finally pay off for them. We assure everyone that once more information comes to light, we’ll keep you posted, as we’re just as excited as you guys to hear this news.