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Xiaomi "Gemini" passes through Geekbench, reveals Snapdragon 820 core

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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:

Xiaomi "Gemini" passes through Geekbench, reveals Snapdragon 820 core

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posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:03 3

1. AZNHA (unregistered)


woow good luck , xiaomi

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:39 8

8. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Xiaomi has been successful already. No point wishing them good luck.

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:40 3

9. Acer_Predator (unregistered)


i hate that their not nice "MI" logo..
Nobody knows it is Xiaomi..
why they just dont write "Xiaomi" on their products..

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 11:25 1

31. neonix (Posts: 65; Member since: 04 Aug 2014)


Who cares who knows what it is? If you buy your phones so people know which one you have, then you might as well buy an iPhone and get one of those fugly cases with the window that shows the Apple through it.

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 12:23 1

34. Acer_Predator (unregistered)


blee will never buy pipihone

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 07:11

23. zeeBomb (Posts: 1964; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Sagittarius bro...

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 21:37

36. TechNeck (Posts: 237; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Hachiman!!! :3))

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:07

2. w1000i (Posts: 70; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


1.59 GHz only ???

we will expect more with 2.2 Ghz >>

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:08 3

5. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


I guess that's the clock of the 2 lower powered CPUs. Remember that geekbench always prints the lower clock speed. Even the 7420 posts 1.5 Ghz while the big cores are 2.1 Ghz.

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:43 1

12. vincelongman (Posts: 4240; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Yep this
Geekbench still hasn't been update for big.LITTLE styled CPUs
It just reads CPU0, which is usually a LITTLE core

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:55 1

16. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3655; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Isn't the 820 a quad core chip?

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 05:22 5

18. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Yes, it's quad core, but 2 of those 4 cores are clocked higher than other 2 cores; making it kind-of big.LITTLE.

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 05:23

20. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3655; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I see. Thanks!

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 08:44

24. markoss (Posts: 24; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


s820 have 2,2 quad core cpu ,This is false news ,The Chinese are trying to get the attention and publicity for their phones, at a Chinese almost all false. advertised phone with 13 megapixel camera, but the reality has 5mpx. the battery of 2000mAh put stickers of 5000 mAh. I speak from experience, I had a variety of junk phone from China

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 10:34 3

28. Manyci (Posts: 116; Member since: 03 Aug 2015)


You explained yourself: you had JUNK Chinese phones. Xiaomi is not one of them, it never was :P

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 11:27 1

32. neonix (Posts: 65; Member since: 04 Aug 2014)


Yeah, Xiaomi are nothing like all those generic and unheard-of brands that make all that crap with exaggerated specs and faulty hardware. Their devices are the real deal.

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:07

3. plasteek (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Jun 2015)


Ghz means nothing !

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 21:08

35. neela_akaash (Posts: 1156; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Giga Hertz..

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:08 1

4. abdoualgeria (Posts: 381; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


That weak multi core :/

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:56 6

17. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Weak? A quad core that can get 4762 in muticore test is actually impressive, not to mention that both hardware and software of this device are not final.

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 09:33

25. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 9486; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The Note 5 scored over 5000 in the multi-core tests.
My personal Note 5 scored 4900 in the multi-core test. So looks like the 7420 still is the best.

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 11:14

30. j2001m (Posts: 2881; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


There is. 2nd score listed with
With over a 5000 score and ther are o lay 2 listing, I be thinking this will go up, so with only 4 cores it's not bad at all and better than iPhone, CPU the a9, please also note that rhe all new Apple iPhone 6s speeds comes from the new none Emmc HD being used, close to ufs type speed I.e. What the reviews go on about

And not the CPU, I am hopping Samsun uses new faster ufs HD in there new phones
If phones come with an sd820 and a sd card and Emmc then the speed of the phone will be only as good as the sd810 ones, I.e. No need to upgrade

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:09 4

6. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Damn, that's a fast chip. Also see this:

https://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/4159755

So there's a possibility of further improvement.

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:41

10. Nopers (Posts: 197; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)


Are you kidding? That's weak, it just about matches last years exynos.

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:45 3

13. vincelongman (Posts: 4240; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The single core is a good from improvement from the 7420
Both single and multi core are equally important on Android

Multi core for performance in general
Single core for e.g. games and javascript

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:50

14. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3655; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Are those scores for the given frequency? As in 1.5Ghz?

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 10:05 1

27. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1515; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


No, GeekBench always read the CPU of the first core, which normally is one of the LITTLE cluster when there are more than one.
So the frequency for the big cluster is unknown.

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:20 1

7. hmd74 (Posts: 477; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Didn't Xiaomi have an event on November 11th ?

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:42

11. Guaire (Posts: 506; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


For that single core score, a quad core CPU should have 6400 multi-core score if it isn't big.LITTLE.

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 05:23 2

19. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


It is big.LITTLE. Two of those 4 cores are clocked at much higher frequency than other two.

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:53 4

15. fyah_king (Posts: 369; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


So, Apple A9 is still kicking Qualcomm's ass.lol

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 06:34 4

22. tedkord (Posts: 10892; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Nope.

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 09:34

26. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 9486; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Just FYI, the Exynos 7420 score 5000+ in multi-core. So either Xiaomi chose to clock the CPU lower to control overheating or the Exynos is just a monster.

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 11:28

33. true1984 (Posts: 822; Member since: 23 May 2012)


or the exynos has 4 more cores....

the single core performance is a huge improvement

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 06:06

21. haneeshky (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Nov 2015)


3 Gb RAM?? That Will Kill The HYPE :-/

posted on 12 Nov 2015, 11:02

29. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Don't forget, this thing probably has ice water in its veins. They delayed it for half a year because their lives are on the line if it Apple media even has a sniff of it overheating.

So those scores are quite impressive if it has like zero throttling like it probably does.

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