Xiaomi's long-rumored Mi 9 flagship has now been spotted by Android Headlines on Geekbench browser but not with the disappointing scores that might be expected based on previous leaks. Listed under the commonly used Xiaomi 'Cepheus' designation with a motherboard bearing the same name, the apparent Mi 9 is shown with a respectable 6GB of RAM. That's backing up a Qualcomm-built chipset identified as an "ARM implementer 81 architecture 8 variant 13 part 2052 revision 14," although possibly more easily-recognized as that company's newest octa-core Snapdragon 855 SoC. The clock frequency of that hardware is noted at 1.78GHz. According to Geekbench 4.3.1 test results, that setup earned the handset a mark of 3524 on the single core side and a massive 11260 points on the multi-core performance front.
A leap even compared to some laptops
If the scores represented on the Geekbench browser are accurate to the real-world performance that can be expected with the Xiaomi Mi 9, that device might be more readily comparable to a laptop than any current smartphone. Google's Pixelbook serves as a good example of that since the device may be older but was a flagship laptop set in a completely different class from mobile in terms of performance. While the 'Xiaomi Cepheus' scored significantly lower for single-core operations than the Chromebook — at 3524 to the other gadget's 4241 — it outran the Pixelbook on the other side of the equation by a wide margin. The Pixelbook only managed a score of 7908 compared to the upcoming smartphone's score of 11260. More to the point, those scores are compared to single and multi-core scores averaging at around 2410 and 8647 for Samsung's Snapdragon 845 SoC-powered Galaxy S9+.
The marks seen with the Xiaomi device are also a major upshift from benchmarks spotted this week that are thought to be for Samsung's Galaxy S10 'Lite'. Tested with the same processor and identical memory figures, that handset managed only managed 2,000 points in the single-core tests and 6,266 in multi-core tests. Those scores fall in line with those shown in even early benchmarks that have been attributed to the international variant of the same device, using one of Samsung's Exynos processors instead of a Snapdragon SoC. The stark difference between the two handsets initially raised some concerns about the performance of the Snapdragon chipset and may still be an indicator of just how difficult optimizations are with the hardware. But it is far more likely that the purported Galaxy S10 'Lite' simply hadn't been optimized much at all when the benchmark was performed.
Arriving in March
Xiaomi's Mi 9 flagship is currently predicted to arrive at some point in March as a follow-up to the Chinese manufacturer's Mi 8. Prior leaks have also revealed a huge portion of probable specifications for the handset in the meantime, so there won't likely be many surprising details beyond aesthetics when the company does launch the device. The most recent speculation suggests that the device will ship with 32W fast charging and Quick Charge 4.0 but with no wireless charging in tow for the 3,500mAh battery. As alluded to above, a Snapdragon 855 SoC is expected to power the handset backed up by a minimum of 6GB RAM and 128GB storage in the base version. For cameras, rumors implicate a primary 48-megapixel snapper accompanied by a 12-megapixel sensor and a time-of-flight sensor. A 24.8-megapixel camera will be placed at the front for selfies.