There Really is a Third Google Pixel 2 Called Taimen, and It’s a Powerful Beast

google pixel 2 taimen

A recent device benchmark on GeekBench shows a device running Android O, with 4GB RAM and the name Google Taimen. That’s a significant find on its own because, until now, the Google Pixel 2 codenamed Taimen has only been rumored to exist. The fact that such a device has been benchmarked means it does exist. But is it a powerful piece of hardware? Let’s take a look.

Google Pixel 2 Taimen

The single-core benchmark score for the Google Pixel 2 called Taimen is 1804, which the multi-core score is 6248. In comparison, the single-core score for iPhone 7 was 3323, and for iPhone 7 Plus it came it at 3330. Even iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have higher single-core scores, as does the iPhone SE, all of which are in the range of 2300 to 2400.

On the multi-core front, however, 6248 far exceeds the 5518 for iPhone 7 Plus, even though the later clocks 2.3GHz against the Taimen’s 1.90GHz.

So, how does it compare with its own Android brethren from Samsung, Huawei, etc.? Let’s see.

Huawei dominates the benchmark scene for Android with the Mate 9 Pro coming in with a single-core score of 1896 and a multi-core score of 6068. The Google Pixel 2 Taimen’s single-core score comes in a shade below the Samsung Galaxy S8+ score of 1807, but trounces the S8+’s 5513 multi-core score with its 6248.

But what does all of this mean? Why is a higher score better, and what’s the difference between the single-core score and multi-core score?

Here’s the answer from UserBench:

“As of version three of GeekBench, the scores have been split into single and multi core categories. The Single Thread CPU benchmark, like all processor benchmarks attempts to estimate how quickly a processor is able to perform a wide variety of calculations. The test issues as series of complex instructions to the processor and times how long the processor takes to complete the tasks. The faster the processor is able to complete the tasks, the higher the benchmark score. The GeekBench Single Thread CPU test only runs one stream of instructions rather than multiple parallel streams per core. The majority of consumer applications (MS World, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and most games), although multi threaded, rarely utilize more than one thread at a time, so this test, like any single threaded benchmark, can be seen as a reasonable real world test for typical consumer workloads.”

The multi-core is similar to the single-core test, but it stresses all the cores simultaneously to see how quickly they can execute strings of instructions in parallel.

Basically, it’s been made very simple, in that the higher the score, the better the CPU performance. Keeping that in mind, it’s clear that Google Pixel 2 Taimen is getting ready to deliver some serious performance when it comes out later this year.

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How serious? We won’t know that until the final version is ready. The current benchmark is not an indication that this will be the processing power on the device that is actually released. A lot of things could change between now and then, including the use of a different processor. We need to keep that in mind.

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