You’ll recall that this year will see not one but two new Nexus phones (and zero tablets)—a 5.7 inch phablet from Huawei and a smaller 5.2 inch phone from LG. Sure, it’s just a rumour at this point, but Android Police has a solid track record at such things, and nothing since has refuted it.
A new leak sees the new LG Nexus (codenamed “bullhead”) achieving some impressive results on the popular benchmarking app AnTuTu. The current champion of 2015 handsets is the Samsung Galaxy S6, with a score of 68,157. As you can see in the grab here, bullhead handily beats that with a cumulative score of 85,530.
But with what chip?
According to the source where I read this (linked to below), there are only two known SoCs capable of outperforming the Exynos 7420 that powers Samsung’s GS6: MediaTek’s Helio X20 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820.
It’s entirely possible that these results have been faked, even by the manufacturer—in order to stir up excitement for an upcoming device. I wouldn’t put it past other companies to pull something like this, but it doesn’t seem very Googley. Maybe it’s a sign that Nexus in 2015 will continue to be a premium device. In this age of high-performing mid-range phones, I think that would be a mistake.