A new day, a new Nexus 5 benchmark. Only the latest one is a little fishier than the test dissected less than 24 hours ago, showing the N5, which for all we know will be the most game-changing Nexus ever, on-par with oldies like the HTC One in terms of raw performance and even slower than Samsung’s Galaxy S4.
Not to mention beasts such as LG’s G2 or Sammy’s GNote 3, which make this alleged Nexus 5 score look pitiful. But remember, “alleged” is the word of the day, as AnTuTu results can be so easily faked than even a child owning an N4 can claim he’s got his hands on a Nexus 5 pre-release model.
And even assuming the benchmark itself is legit, it doesn’t really prove anything, as there’s no mention of the on-board software (it should be Android 4.4 KitKat, but it could still be 4.3 Jelly Bean), plus we can’t know when exactly was the test performed and on what kind of prototype. It’s definitely not a commercial unit, it can’t be, so maybe the hardware and/or software needed a tune up or two.
Okay, I’m just realizing this now, I didn’t even mention N5’s score in the first place. It’s 23,345 points, so basically around 10,000 less than LG G2’s performance, 7 or 8k minus compared with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 and more or less on-par with Sony’s Xperia Z1. Also, it’s roughly 5,000 points extra when pitted against normal Nexus 4 scores, so worst case scenario it’s still zippier than its predecessor.
As far as specs go, AnTuTu.com claims the 8 MP rear-facing camera is a near certainty right about now (oh noes), as are the quad-core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and 2 GB RAM.
Expected out sometime next month, the LG/Google Nexus 5 is tipped to ever so slightly up the pricing ante over last year’s N4 while offering 4G LTE speeds, a bumped up 5-inch Full HD screen and a design reminiscent of the LG G2 (slim bezels, y’all) as extras.
Not so very excited? Then be sure to check out this list of reasons why I think the 5-incher will crush the competition and become the most successful smartphone in Android history.