For the last few months, rumours of a third larger Pixel 2 device has been spoken of, but with no concrete evidence to substantiate its existence. Walleye and Muskie had already appeared in various documents and codebase, referring to a 5 inch and a 5.5-inch sequel to the Google Pixel. However, the real curve-ball was Taimen, which is rumoured to be a third Pixel device in the works. This device has now had its Geekbench scores leaked, adding weight to the rumours of its existence.
According to the listing on Geekbench, the phone codenamed “Taimen” has a single core score of 1929 and a multi-core score of 6084. Both these numbers, at this point are lower than the Exynos version of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ which we benchmarked in our performance review of the phone. However, scrolling through the Geekbench results reveal a few more details. For starters, the phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 but comes with only 4GB of RAM as shown in the result. We know for a fact that it is running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 thanks to the processor ID “ARM implementer 81 architecture 8 variant 10 part 2048 revision 1” which is the same as that found on the benchmarks of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ running the Snapdragon 835 processor.
The other interesting revelation from the Geekbench listing is the fact that the potential Google Pixel sequel is running Android O, which is to be expected. However, since Android O has not been finalised as an operating system yet, this benchmark is most likely run on a device which is running a developer preview or an internal only build of the operating system. As we had noted in our one month with Android O developer preview, the OS was buggy, causing some performance issues on a phone that has otherwise worked flawlessly for us. This could be a potential reason why the Google Pixel 2 codenamed Taimen has a relatively lower score in comparison to the Samsung Galaxy S8+ or even the recently leaked scores of the OnePlus5. You can see the listing below, right next to that of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ for reference.
The timing of the appearance of the benchmark results is very interesting, given that Google I/O is just a few days away. Typically, Google does showcase their upcoming mobile operating system at the event and we don’t expect that tradition to change. The presence of the phone on Geekbench adds weight to the rumour that the phone exist, but there is no way to be sure that Google will eventually bring the phone to market. For that, we will have to wait for an official unveiling.