New online benchmarks suggest faster Galaxy Nexus, possibly destined for Sprint
Online benchmark results are quickly becoming a favorite place for users to look for evidence of new devices, and rightly so. It only takes one slip up for a new device to accidentally show up in the test results, and when it does you often get some nice specs to go along with it. Such is the case with today's discovery, a mysterious benchmark from a Galaxy Nexus which appears to be running an updated GPU which also handily outperforms the current device.
According to NenaMark's GPU benchmark top ten list for the Galaxy Nexus, an anonymous tester benchmarked a Galaxy Nexus with a PowerVR SGX544 GPU. This GPU is actually the upgraded version of the SGX 540 in the current device, but it provides a vast performance improvement over the previous version. The GPU is usually paired with an upgraded 1.8GHz processor as well, but for this benchmark it appears that it was either underclocked or a different configuration was used.
Some seem to think this benchmark is indicative of a Galaxy Nexus "Plus" to be released by Google, but it seems more likely to me that it is actually an upgraded Galaxy Nexus for Sprint, which is currently slated for release sometime in the near future. There is, however, a third option, which is that someone simply faked the benchmark. This is always possible of course, but I really hope it isn't the case. The dated GPU in the Galaxy Nexus is one of the major setbacks of the device, so an upgraded device on the last unlimited carrier would definitely turn some consumer's heads.[NenaMark via Android and Me]