Here’s Why Alphabet Inc. Pixel Smartphones Aren’t Really that Special

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New Benchmark puts the upcoming Pixel XL smartphone to shame

If you already don’t know, Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Pixel smartphones are the first ever devices to incorporate Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 821 processing chipsets. According to Qualcomm, its latest Snapdragon 821 processor is 10% faster than its previous generation Snapdragon 820 processing chipset. Technically, this should represent as a significant advantage for the newly announced Pixel smartphone devices compared to other smartphones powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. However, in a new benchmark conducted by Geekbench, the performance of the Pixel XL is not much different to smartphone devices running on Qualcomm’s previous generation Snapdragon 820 processors. This might seem strange but it’s a clear indication that the upcoming Pixel smartphones might not be as fast as we originally believed.

According to the performance test conducted by Geekbench, the soon to release Pixel XL managed to score 1648 in its single-core test, while the smartphone scored 4121 in its multi-score test. Interestingly, leading smartphone devices which are powered by the previous generation Snapdragon 820 processors managed to gain very similar ratings compared to Pixel XL. This benchmark clearly indicates that the upcoming Pixel smartphone devices do not have a significant advantage over smartphones running on previous generation processing chipsets. The test conducted by Geekbench compares the performance of Pixel XL with leading smartphone devices running Snapdragon 820, such as; Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 7, HTC 10, OnePlus 3 and LG G5.

However, this new benchmark should not raise significant doubts about the upcoming Pixel smartphones, as results gained by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor is still great but nothing extraordinary. Even though Qualcomm’s latest generation processors might not be significantly faster compared to its predecessor model but there is hope that the new processor could turn out to be more efficient. It is widely accepted that the previous generation Snapdragon 820 processors quickly heated up which contributes to faster battery drain. Hence, if Qualcomm has fixed this issue in its latest processing chipsets then it would represent a win for Qualcomm and Google’s upcoming smartphone devices.

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