Suspicious Google Nexus Foo 10.3-inch device hits benchmark site

Suspicious Google Nexus Foo 10.3-inch device hits benchmark site
For the most part, we try to only bring you the rumors that come from reputable sources, and have at least some weight behind them. This is not one of those rumors. The first thing to keep in mind is that benchmark sites are both notoriously easy to fool, and are filled with prototype devices that never see the light of day, which is where we expect this Nexus Foo 10.3-inch device to fall.

Benchmarking website GFXBench had an interesting listing pop up in its database: a device labeled the Google Nexus Foo. According to the benchmarking site, the Nexus Foo is a 10.3-inch device with a 1920x1080 display resolution, powered by a Tegra 4 clocked at 1.9GHz, and 2GB of RAM. You'll notice we haven't called this device a "tablet", because the GFXBench listing labels the device as having "no touchscreen". In addition, the device has no rear camera, only one on the front. And, the Foo has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but no accelerometer, barometer, GPS, compass, gyroscope, light sensor, NFC,  or proximity sensor. 

Based on the features it has and doesn't, the Nexus Foo sounds more like a laptop than a tablet. But, the more strange thing is that the Foo is listed as running Android KKWT, which is the Android Wear build number; and, it is listed with OpenGL ES 2.0, which is more associated with Android Wear. Android phones and tablets running 4.3 or 4.4 use OpenGL 3.0, and Android L will be adding support for OpenGL 3.1. 

Basically, nothing about this listing makes any logical sense. The nickname "Foo" doesn't fit with Google's standard of aquatic animals for Nexus codenames. The device has no touchscreen and none of the usual sensors. It's a 10.3-inch display, but it's running Android Wear. If this listing is coming from a real device (which is highly debateable), it is a Frankenstein's monster of a device. And, we'd bet it doesn't connect to anything in the commercial pipeline from Google. 

source: GFXBench



1. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Android wear 10 inch necklace. Flavor Flav style.

2. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Why Tegra 4 !!!!!!

4. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

maybe because it is cheap? performance wise it is still comparable to snapdragon 800. and with 10 inch device the battery might not much of an issue.

10. Busyboy unregistered

Comparable to SD 800? I've seen numerous comparisons between the two and Tegra 4 is much better, other than battery optimization. It's in the range of 801, if not even better.

16. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

in general both are quite neck to neck. clock for clock the A15 is faster than krait. the only problem was power consumption which is not entirely nvidia fault. GPU wise the adreno 330 have more raw power and have OpenGL ES 3.0 support but driver efficiency is better on tegra 4. even on OpenGL ES 2.0 nvidia drivers can perform better than adreno: before anyone complaining that Z Ultra have much higher resolution than Tegra Note 7 the emu was not running at device native resolution. instead it is 2 times of original PSP resolution which way lower than 720p

12. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Because it's better.

3. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

"but no accelerometer, barometer, [b]GPS[/b]..." isn't that tegra 4 have built in GPS? "it is listed with OpenGL ES 2.0, which is more associated with Android Wear" android wear built or not tegra 4 only support upto OpenGL ES 2.0

5. ancellim

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Nexus Fooled!

6. take1sub

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 24, 2014

Protype of Android TV, nothing else

7. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

My question is, what does it have?

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014


9. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Sounds pretty fake, unless it's some kind of laptop (which is VERY unlikely).

11. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

"and Android L will be adding support for OpenGL 3.1." On supported hardware only, i.e midgard ARM Mali GPUs (T604 or newer) or the Tegra K1's SMX. None of the current Adreno 300 series will support it due to shader model limitations considering how architecturally inferior Adreno is compared to Mali. None of those S800/801 devices will even support ES3.1 or Android Extension Pack (AEP), it's a dead end for anything older than Snapdragon 805 considering that only the Adreno 400 series will benefit from all the graphical improvements of Android "L". After all, Qualcomm doesn't care about their previous SoC/Adreno lineup.

13. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Snapdragons are marketing gimmicks. Even Adreno 330 isn't better than Mal T628 in real gaming while the latter looses in almost every synthetic bench.

14. volvoV70guy

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 06, 2014

The name "foo" strongly suggests to me that this is some kind of prototype or test device, based on that word's use in beta testing.

15. Bennnie

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

It is probably a device as a mid-console for a car.

17. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

I pity the FOO who will buy this device

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