New version of the Nexus 6P hits Geekbench with Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM and Android N

New version of the Nexus 6P hits Geekbench with Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM and Android N
The Google Nexus 6P was one of last year's great smartphone success stories. Built by Huawei, the device packs a strong array of tech. specs including the Snapdragon 810 SoC and 3 GB of RAM, capped by a superb rear-facing camera. Even though it was only rolled out in November, it doesn't take long for modern-day smartphones to begin feeling their age, and already, the 6P has a slew of strong, Snapdragon 820-powered rivals for company. In a real turn up for the books, though, a seemingly new variant of the Nexus 6P has been caught on Geekbench with the Snapdragon 820, 4 GB of RAM and Android N in tow. 

Though it seems that HTC may take the reigns for this year's fleet of Nexus devices, this doesn't necessarily mean that the Nexus 6P won't get a successor, or at least a refresh. With HTC said to have penned a long-term deal to oversee the creation of Nexus devices over the next few years, it was looking like Huawei's recent '7P' trademark would be the only hope of the Nexus 6P's continuation. But with these specs having checked in through Geekbench, we may not have seen the last of the handset's legacy. 

As you'll see above, the device includes the quad-core Snapdragon 820 clocked 1.59 GHz, flanked by Adreno 530 graphics and 4 gigs of RAM. Interestingly, the motherboard section references 'Marlin'—the same moniker attached to one of the upcoming Nexus handsets. It seems possible, then, that an upgraded Nexus 6P running Android N could be in the offing for later this year, though this theory places some doubt on the notion that HTC will man the Nexus fort exclusively. 

Regardless of how the Big G plans to assemble its manufacturing partners, we certainly would not balk at a new-and-improved take on the Nexus 6P. The phablet is unquestionably one of the best of its kind on the market right now, with its array of strong specs packed into a premium, metallic housing. Needless to say, we'd welcome more of the same with open arms.

Would you like to see a new version of the Nexus 6P roll out this year? Let us know in the comments. 

source: Geekbench via Phone Radar

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Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)



1. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

The 6P has just an okay sensor. The thing superb here is the HDR+ mode of Google. I wish every phone is capable of HDR+.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It has a better than okay sensor but yea the HDR+ is amazing.

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

HDR+ is the reason I use Google's Camera 90% of the time Best balance of quality and time taken IMO Its really sad that HDR+ isn't available for non-Nexus phones

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The camera sensors are great on the Nexus 6P. It allows for more light to be captured 1.55um pixels, plus it supports 240 fps for slow motion. Putting that aside. This has to be wrong because why would they clock the SD 820 down to 1.6 ghz, especially when the 820 is rated for 2.1ghz with DDR4 clocked at 1866mhz ram. It makes no sense to under clock it that much. It might be a SD 818.

8. judik971

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

It's may also be early testing

13. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

Or totally fake.

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

According to Android Police HTC are making two Nexus devices, internal names are Marlin and Sailfish Also Evan Blass said the internal names are M1 and S1 That being said, Geekbench just reads the build.prop So they could be fake

12. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

It's not being underclocked....they always do that with rhe lesser cores

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No heat-pipe?

25. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The Nexus 6P has a metal body So heat pipes aren't neccessary to spread heat, unlike on glass phones

23. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I hope they will upgrade Nexus 5x as well, with sd652 and micro sd card slot...

33. crzykiller

Posts: 91; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

Its geekbench, it always shows the lower powered cores. So its reading the 2x 1.6ghz kryo cores and not the 2.1ghz ones... it reads my S6's clock speed at 1.5ghz because its reading the A53 cores in the big.LITTLE config

5. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The HDR+ mode for the 5, 6, 5X and 6P have all been great.

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Google Nexus 6P (2016) Google Nexus 6P+ Views from the 6P

22. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Nexus 6Ps

39. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

HDR+ ftw

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Ok, this might piss me off. EDIT: i hope this is false.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think this is false. Why would any OEM use a SD 820 and then under clock it that much. The SD 820 is rated for 2.1ghz with DDR4 ram clocked at a max rate of 1866mhz (29.8 gb/s).

21. fiji.siv

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

I wonder if the SD820 in a 6P chassis would require underclocking. Obviously not 1.6GHz underclocking, but underclocking none the less. This year's vendors seem to be doing all sorts of fun tricks (heat pipes anyone?) to dissipate heat which requires design work up front. Unless the 6P already had heat dissipation designed in for the SD810, I don't think they could just take a SD820 off the shelf and shove it in there at full clock speed.

29. Shocky unregistered

Nope, it's designed around SN810 so there would no problem. :D

7. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

What would the battery life look like? I like the 6P.

16. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It retty amazing considering 6P battery is good and the S810 was a battery hog. Not Exynos S7 edge great but still great.

36. Shocky unregistered

Nexus 6P battery life was similar to the Galaxy S6 even with the larger battery because SN810 was a battery hog. Average battery life for a phone with a 3450 mAh battery is pretty bad.

10. judik971

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Geekbench show the frequency of the smaller cores so there is nothing to worry about

11. DaftPunk

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

i hope that this one will go public if it's true, not like the Nexus 5 with fingerprint scanner only for google devs.

14. havoc

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Dual Sim Functionality PLEASE!!!!!

15. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I was going to wait until the next Nexus phone to release and hold on to my Turbo. However, if this is true, my Turbo will be retired effective immediately.

18. chenski

Posts: 789; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I dont think anybody is unhappy with their 810 nexus 6p

35. Shocky unregistered

If I owned one I wouldn't be happy with the performance or the battery life, but I don't. :-D

19. sukrith2194 unregistered

A bump to 820 from 810 won't cause anyone to buy the phone! The 6P is great as it is... I for one wouldn't upgrade just for the 820 chip and 1gig of extra RAM... Maybe the next nexus(2017)!

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