Last year, Google unveiled Pixel and Pixel XL with hopes of taking on Apple and Samsung in their own game. The company offered a decent package with a beautiful design, improved cameras, and some exceptional features, but it did miss out on a few aspects, mostly on the hardware front. The result being, Pixels could not match up with greats like Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 and were ditched by the Android community.
Now, it’s been more than a year and Google is gearing up for another Pixel launch with three devices in the pipeline. Yeah, that’s right! Google will unleash three devices this year, rather than two. The third device will be even larger than the Pixel XL and will demonstrate Google’s intent to target all segments of the market. We’ve already learned a lot about this beauty, even its codename, but now it’s time to dive into the details.
In a recent Geekbench leak, the largest Pixel 2, codenamed Taimen, has featured a mixed set of results. The device has partially beaten the scores of Galaxy S8 and Xperia XZ Premium and looked impressive. See for yourself!
Google Pixel 2 Taimen On GeekBench
Google Taimen’s Geekbench listing, spotted by Dutch site Telefoon Abonnement, suggests the device will run Android O out of the box and come with an octa-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 1.90GHz. While the processor’s name has not been revealed in the leak, it is highly likely to be Snapdragon 835 SoC. The memory on this device, which we believe is a test unit, is 3585MB. Although rumour has it, Google will upgrade the official variant to at least 4GB RAM.
That said, Taimen partially beats leading flagships including the only two phones that deploy Snapdragon 835 – Galaxy S8 and Xperia XZ Premium. The upcoming device has bagged a massive score of 6248 in multi-core tests, taking down S8 (6100) and Xperia (5700) single handedly. However, its score in single-core tests wasn’t that impressive. Taimen has just got 1804 when players like Galaxy S8 and Xperia XZ are outperforming with scores as high as 1900.
While there’s no word on the official release of Pixel 2 and its siblings, market pundits expect the new devices will be showcased somewhere around September or October, exactly a year from last year’s Pixel release.
Back in March, while confirming the existence of “premium” successors to the Pixel phone, Google’s hardware boss Rick Osterloh had said the devices will come “later this year”. He did not divulge too many details but said “there is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it”.
Till then, stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming Pixels!