A new Google X Phone-related story has emerged just hours ago on the web, prompting us all to ask ourselves when is the whole thing going to end. This time, the Motorola phone carrying the model number XT1058 and thought to be AT&T’s version of the X has been spotted in GFX Bench’s records.
It’s not the first time we’re seeing a variation of the X benchmarked, but, unlike those suspicious past AnTuTu tests, this GFXBench is a lot more credible. Sure, the thing can still be faked, but we have to remember the XT1058 has also been seen getting FCC’s certification of late, so chances are the baby is real and getting ready for a Google I/O unveiling this week.
The first thing that caught my attention in this latest “leak” is the phone’s Android OS build fingerprint, which includes the magic word “ghost”. Several tipsters told us in the past that was one of the inside codenames of “Project X”, so this is yet another piece of evidence that confirms we’re not looking at just any Moto gadget, but something really special.
Unfortunately, the specs revealed by the GFXBench listing are not that special, though we have been warned numerous times the X Phone is likely not going to be a record-breaker in terms of speed or display crispness.
The screen is now almost set in stone at packing a 720p (aka not Full HD) resolution, while the CPU, unnamed in GFXBench, is clocked at 1.7 GHz. Based on earlier stories, the processor is either an oldie, but goldie Snapdragon S4 Pro unit or a newer Snapdragon 600 model.
But here’s where the plot thickens. The Motorola XT1058 has had its graphics performance measured in two of GFXBench’s specific tests and both of the results are… well, off the charts. The thing not only beats every S4 Pro-powered device to the punch, but it also crushes all Snapdragon 600-based devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Moreover, the XT1058 is very close to topping the two tests’ charts, having to face defeat only against NVIDIA’s Shield, the upcoming gaming console running on a Tegra 4 CPU. So, knowing all that, we can only assume one of two things. Okay, maybe three.
A. The X Phone will be the world’s first device powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chip. B. The thing “only” has a 600 inside, but the display’s lower resolution or some mysterious software optimizations allow the CPU to perform so incredibly well. Or C. The scores are fake and we’re getting goose bumps over nothing.
Call it wishful thinking or whatever you want, but I’m going to side with A for the time being. The chances of the benchmark or its scores being fake are very slim in my view and I just can’t see Snapdragon 600, paired with an Adreno 320 GPU, reaching those scores. And that’s how an intriguing device becomes one for the ages!