A few weeks ago, a Google AOSP code was discovered to contain codenames – Muskie, Walleye and Taimen – of the alleged successors to Google Pixel and Pixel XL.
Discovered by WinFuture, the code revealed that the search engine giant is working on three devices powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. While the expectation is that Google should be working on the successors to last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL phones, the discovery states otherwise – that there’s a third device dubbed Taimen.
In case you didn’t know, Muskie, Walleye and Taimen are fish names, which means Google will continue with its tradition of turning to aquatic life when it comes to codenaming its devices. Last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL are codenamed Sailfish and Marlin while 2015’s Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are codenamed Bullhead and Angler – and so on.
As for the new kids on the block, the Taimen is the largest of them all, something that has led to rumors that it could be a Google Nexus 7 successor. The other two will succeed the Pixel phones and so far, we have benchmarks of what could be the new Google Nexus 7 2017 tablet – or whatever name Google picks – the Google Taimen.
According to the benchmarks published on Geekbench, the Google Taimen will ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor clocked at 1.9GHz. The name of the SoC is not mentioned, but the new Snapdragon 835 SoC indeed has four of its eight cores clocked at 1.9GHz (the other four are clocked at 2.45GHz) and given that previous reports have suggested that the three Google devices will be powered by Qualcomm’s best processor so far, there’s no doubt that this is a Snapdragon 835 running the show.
Like the Pixel, Pixel XL and any other flagship smartphone in the present market, this Google Taimen device has a 4GB RAM. As expected, the software on board is the upcoming Android O, which is the OS that is expected to power the company’s next-gen devices out of the box.
Other than these, the Geekbench listing doesn’t give us any other hardware specs of this device, but it shows the single-core and multi-core scores the device achieved during tests. As expected from a device powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, the Google Taimen clocked a score of 1804 in single-core tests and an impressive 6248 in multi-core tests.
The Google I/O 2017 starts next week and as such, we might probably get to know some more details about this device. But if it’s indeed a Google Nexus 7 successor, it should be as big as the codename suggests, with probably 6 or more inches of display to match the Galaxy S8+ and the upcoming Galaxy Note 8.
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