The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a high-end device as it is, that’s for sure. Still, even when it was announced a few months ago, it wasn’t the absolute top of the line smartphone. For those of you disappointed that, for example, its dual-core CPU is only clocked at 1.2 GHz, here’s something interesting.
The Galaxy Nexus which is currently the top performer in the NenaMark benchmark has a PowerVR SGX544 GPU under the hood. Which is odd, because the Samsung Galaxy Nexus we know and love has a 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 CPU that is paired with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU.
The SGX544, in fact, is the GPU that’s sold by TI with its OMAP 4470 platform, announced last year during Mobile World Congress. The OMAP 4470 is, like the 4460, a dual-core part. However, it can go up to 1.8 GHz clocks, as opposed to its predecessor which is limited to 1.5 GHz (yes, the CPU in the Galaxy Nexus is effectively underclocked – for better battery life, we assume).
But that’s not the best part about the OMAP 4470. The SGX544 graphics chip apparently delivers performance up to 2.5 times better than that of the SGX540. The model number revision might indicate otherwise, but this is one graphics powerhouse compared to its predecessor.
Which brings us back to the aforementioned benchmark. Now sure, someone may have spoofed that device’s name (and this isn’t really a Galaxy Nexus after all). There’s also a small chance that someone at TI is testing their new processor using Galaxy Nexus hardware. Or someone could have spoofed those GPU results (although that’s far less likely, for it’s quite complicated). So, keeping all of that in mind, whilst having your average grain of salt nearby… consider that this could mean we’re about to see a new Galaxy Nexus arrive on the market with upgraded specs.
We doubt anything but the processor and GPU will be changed, but even so this would clearly be a better performing device than the currently selling Galaxy Nexus. We don’t know what clock speed Google and Samsung will choose in this version, but it’s probably safe to assume it won’t be the maximum 1.8 GHz (just like with the OMAP 4460 they didn’t go for the maximum of 1.5 GHz). That said, we may be seeing a jump in clock speed to 1.5 GHz. That together with the major GPU peformance improvements means this prospective device will be a very fast one.
Interestingly, Sprint has omitted the CPU and GPU specs from all its mentions of its upcoming Galaxy Nexus. So could what we saw in this benchmark actually be Sprint’s slightly tweaked version of the new pure Google phone? Maybe. We just can’t be sure at this point. But if there is a new and improved Galaxy Nexus on its way to the market (be it to Sprint or elsewhere), we’re bound to see many more leaks regarding it very soon. So stay tuned.