AnTuTu is not only one of the most popular cross-platform benchmarking services, it’s also rather hard to fool, and is how the tech world ends up learning more details about a lot of upcoming devices. An unknown prototype device showed up on AnTuTu yesterday with a beckmark score of 203,737. The current high score for a known model is the 172,644 rung up by the Apple iPhone 7 Plus powered by the A10 chipset. The Apple iPhone 7, with the same chip inside, tallied 170,124.
The new leak is suggesting that the record-breaking device is scheduled for listing in the first quarter of 2017. he disclosure was made by a Twitter user @Ricciolo who tweeted that finally the 200k barrier has been broken. He left off without announcing the smartphone that achieved this incredible feat, leaving that to our imaginations.
When it comes to modern smartphones, apart from Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, that is Snapdragon 821-powered android smartphones like the Xioami Mi 5S Plus, LeEco Le Pro 3, ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe hover around 160,000 points. Tablets, Android TV units and the like score higher depending on their chipset, partially due to the absence of cellular radio overhead and a form factor better equipped to handle heat. A score of 203,737 is very good indeed for just about any class of device.
If we are looking at any kind of smartphone or tablet, the Q1 of 2017 release window indicates that we are looking at a device already in a late state of development and perhaps even close to ready for release. This rules out the possibility of a device powered by say a Snapdragon 830 since if the chip was anywhere near ready, we’d probably have seen it on the Google Pixel just announced a couple days ago.
A strong possibility is the Samsung Galaxy S8, Sammy’s next flagship model. The device will probably be unveiled right before MWC 2017, which begins February 27th 2017. That phone is rumored to be powered by the Exynos 8895, which is expected to be built using a 10nm process, and includes the Mali-G71 GPU. The latter is believed to be twice as fast as the Mali-T880 GPU, found on the Exynos 8890 SoC that powers the vast majority of Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge and Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units.
There is no guarantee however, that the device in question isn’t a tablet, Android box, or some other type of Android-based device that could handle a more powerful SoC.
As a matter of fact, there is no guarantee that this rumour is even true. If this mystery device and its release window are indeed real and almost ready to see consumer release, it could be making an appearance somewhere, soon enough.