Xiaomi "Gemini" passes through Geekbench, reveals Snapdragon 820 core
It'll soon be a full year and a half since Chinese phone-making superstar, Xiaomi, introduced its flagship Mi 4. Sure, the company expanded its portfolio in the interim, with devices such as the Mi 4c and Mi 4i, but neither really qualifies as a follow-up. We need the Xiaomi Mi 5 for that. And as it happens, it might finally hit the market.
A Xiaomi device code-named "gemini" was caught sneaking through Geekbench's benchmarking suite, revealing hardware that would only sit right on a flagship or at least a very high-end device. Unsurprisingly for some, we're referring to the MSM8996, which we nowadays recognize as the 64-bit, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 — the silicon slinger's new flagship chip. The GPU wasn't revealed by the pass, but we know that Qualcomm is using the Adreno 530 GPU, which the company says will deliver "photorealistic" graphics and up to 40% gains in performance over the Adreno 430 in the ailed Snapdragon 810. The only other two noteworthy details captured by Geekbench are the amount of memory (3GB) and the operating system (Android 6.0 Marshmallow), both of which tie in nicely with the idea that this could be the Mi 5.
As for the scores achieved, the Xiaomi Gemini proved a capable performer, though it doesn't blow competitors out of the water. Of course, this probably being an early prototype, a lot can change before it's game time. Here's the proof and the actual results: