Google Pixel XL (HTC Marlin) checks through Geekbench

While LG and Huawei respectively took care of last year's Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, HTC has been drafted in to manufacture this year's models. As it transpires, they won't actually be Nexus devices anymore, since the Big G has reportedly decided on a rebrand. Instead, the smaller offering — Sailfish — is expected to be called the Google Pixel, while the more sizable Marlin phablet will apparently be given the Google Pixel XL moniker. Substantiated by yet another benchmark sighting, it seems the latter will almost certainly include the Snapdragon 820 and 4 gigs of RAM. 

Spotted on Geekbench, the Snapdragon 820 and 4 GB RAM combination has been the weapon of choice through many of this year's high-profile releases. From some variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 edge to the HTC 10 to the OnePlus 3, it has become the de facto gold standard of the flagship underbelly. While a previous leak of the Pixel XL / Marlin's specs has been offered by AnTuTu before now, the new Geekbench stats add a welcome dab of additional leverage. 

The Operating system is noted as Android NMR1, which, simply put, refers to latest flavor of Android 7.0 Nougat. This is not a surprise since the Pixel and Pixel XL will take the torch from the Nexus smartphone line, which regularly debuts with the newest Android out of the box. It won't be the first to launch with Nougat in tow, however; the imminent LG V20 will claim this honor

Since we got word of the new naming scheme, most of the subsequent information has pertained the Pixel XL. Late last week, we heard that it could bundle an upgraded version of the rear-facing Sony camera sensor that brought much respectability to the Nexus line's point-and-shoot credentials. After a fleet of mostly abject photography experiences through previous Nexus efforts, the 5X and 6P really excelled in this regard, and fans will be hoping that the new Pixel duo can further improve upon last year's outing. 

If you want to stay abreast of all the latest Sailfish and Marlin-related info, be sure bookmark our detailed rumor round-up. In the meantime, let us know if you're looking forward to the upcoming duo in the comments. 



1. realhumanbeing

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

Once upon a time I loved HTC, fail lmao

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Fail? the HTC 10 is the best android phone available right now. HTC isn't who will have failed if the new Pixel phones do bad that would be Google since their people are pretty much behind everything when it comes to their outsourced phones, the design, specs, software everything. HTC has a couple of bad years but the phone they produced this year is great.

7. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

The phone they produced this year may be great, but they're still operating at a loss. They need to sell way more then they are, or lean the whole process down. I hope they do both and come out stronger next year.

9. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

What does sales have to do with the actual quality and performances of the HTC 10? I fail to see the relevances of your comment towards Arch_Fiend's post #6

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why does anyone use Geekbench. It's a piece of $hit. Also look at what it states for the clock speed 1.59 GHz. It been proven by the Linux kernel maintainers including Linus Torvalds himself said that it's total crap.

15. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Sales has nothing to do with the quality and performance of the device. I think the HTC 10 is a great phone. Post 6 says " HTC has a couple of bad years but the phone they produced this year is great." That suggested to me that the bad years were behind them because the product is now good. The fact is that the bad times are still here for HTC as a company. Sales don't equate to success, nor does the product. It's the profits that companies and share holders look to as a means of success. So if the last line in post 6 means something other then what I have just stated then my apologies to Arch_Fiend. Nor do I agree with realhumanbeing demeanor in post 1 either BTW.

17. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Most people commit to one to two years with a device. It costs money to create android updates and patches. If any company isn't making money updated are bound to get the axe.

32. LiveFaith

Posts: 493; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

It's one of the great fanboy mysteries ever. It's like owning a Galaxy, but next year Samsung loses massive amounts of money. All of a sudden, I hate my phone. People are hilarious.

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

What trojan_horse said, I need say nothing lol.

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Arch. Look at realhumanbeing's last phrase: "fail lmao". Doesn't that ring a bell?

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't keep up with users names but that is what some other user said all the time.

18. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The best? Lmao Sure thing it is one of the best, but definitely not the best.

19. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

There is no best, but the HTC 10 is up there with Samsung's three phones. Hopefully these Pixel phones don't disappoint :D.

20. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I totally agree, and am looking forward to seeing the final versions of what Google and HTC are cooking up.

23. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Exactly, it is definitely one of the phones that will come to your mind when there is a discussion about the best android phone for 2016, but definitely not the best. I still believe it is the S7 Edge and not the Note 7, strictly for the stellar battery life and also the fact that it is way too compact for a phablet.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I wouldn't go so far as to say it's the best, but it is awesome.

26. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Does that really make you laugh that much? Like you actually burst out in laughter? Just curious.

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Another google product waiting to be abandoned in few years time

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I have more respect for a company that strives for something new and original than one that is simply content with releasing the same product, year after year. If some of their attempts don't pan out then so be it, life goes on.

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

You misunderstand him, he was just stating the general product life cycle. Every product ever produced gets abandoned in a few years time because nothing is supported forever. Only an idiot would insinuate that only Google stops supporting their products after a period of time. ONLY an .... idiot.

3. MrAnonymous

Posts: 95; Member since: May 25, 2014

Wishing for a Sony nexus..! Not cause of 'Sony' but because of their design choices! Premium, and classy!!

14. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Agreed! I feel like Sony lost their magic after the Z3, but if done right I think a Sony Nexus can reinvigorate that.

16. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I've seen this sentiment here for years now, but it misses the point of the Nexus/Pixel program. These aren't LG or HTC or Huawei designs. Google designs the phone, so it wouldn't look or feel anything like an Xperia even if Sony made it.

21. TerryTerius unregistered

I don't remember where, but I could've sworn i've read a few times that Google only partially controls design and they work with the manufacturers in the process.

25. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You are correct.

29. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

I mean, why else did the Nexus 6 look like a blown up Moto X, why else did the Nexus 6P undoubtedly resemble a Huawei flagship, and why else did the Nexus 5 and 4 share elements with LG phones, right?

30. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

True to an extent, but I don't think the 5X looks much like a G4. So I expect a Sony Nexus would've looked much more like the Nexus 5 than the Xperia Z3.

12. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I'm excited to see what the actual phones look like. The ones posted don't look so good imo

22. TerryTerius unregistered

They may look a bit different in person, two-dimensional pictures cannot convey a lot of the nuance of three-dimensional objects. But honestly, these designs just look… unfinished. Like they couldn't really think of something unique, so they expanded upon the visor of the 5X/6P. That makes me wonder whether or not the pixel team helped worked on this design, because they have a solid record of making attractive devices whereas this is pretty meh. So far.

27. omar98

Posts: 71; Member since: Aug 28, 2011

That is so ugly

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