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:


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36 Comments

1. AZNHA unregistered

woow good luck , xiaomi

8. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

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

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..

31. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 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.

34. Acer_Predator unregistered

blee will never buy pipihone

23. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Sagittarius bro...

36. TechNeck

Posts: 651; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Hachiman!!! :3))

2. w1000i

Posts: 247; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

1.59 GHz only ??? we will expect more with 2.2 Ghz >>

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.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Isn't the 820 a quad core chip?

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.

20. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I see. Thanks!

24. markoss

Posts: 24; Member since: Nov 04, 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

28. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

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

32. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 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.

3. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Ghz means nothing !

35. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Giga Hertz..

4. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

That weak multi core :/

17. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 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.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

30. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 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

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.

10. Nopers unregistered

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

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 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

14. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

27. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

7. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

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

11. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

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

19. TyrionLannister unregistered

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

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