Google is rumored to launch not two, but three Android flagship smartphones this year. These upcoming smartphones dubbed Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2 XXL are nicknamed Muskie, Walleye and Taimen. While not a lot is known about these devices, an alleged benchmarking listing for Taimen has surfaced online, hinting at how it will fare against its competitors.
Taimen on GeekBench shows a score of 1,804 in single-core test, and 6,248 in multi-core test. In comparison, the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8+ scored 1,929 in single-core and 6,084 in multi-score tests. The original Google Pixel XL, on the other hand, scored 1.648 in single-core tests and 4,121 in multi-core tests. Considering the Google smartphone will take on the biggies of this year, the less than spectacular scores can be a bit of a concern. That said, there could be a possibility that Google Pixel 2 XXL aka Taimen might be more of a tablet and come with average specifications. In this scenario, it would be the Google Pixel 2 XL aka Walleye that will take on the likes of Apple iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the upcoming OnePlus 5.
Apart from the scores, GeekBench also gives us a look into the hardware of the device. Taimen is expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core chipset. The RAM will be 4GB. There is currently no word on the internal storage, display or cameras of the upcoming device. ALSO READ: Android O Beta to release after I/O 2017 as Google ends Android Nougat Beta
One thing certain is Google Pixel 2 smartphone range will come with stock Android O out-of-the-box. The developer version of Android O is already available with the Beta version expected to be available soon. More updates on Android O are expected to be announced at Google I/O later this week. The one major issue with Android has always been the slow OS upgrades, most often a result of complicated manufacturer UI integration with Google’s stock Android. Android O however promises to do away with the sow updates, and roll out newer patches and software versions as fast as iOS. ALSO READ: Google Fuchsia OS: Watch how the Armadillo UI functions; revamped look and feel, app navigation and more