Mysterious OnePlus Pixel spotted on Geekbench with Snapdragon 820 and Android 7.1 Nougat

A mysterious phone touted as 'OnePlus Pixel' surfaces online via Geekbench 3 test conducted by PrimateLabs.

OnePlus Pixel Geekbench
Mysterious OnePlus Pixel spotted on Geekbench with Snapdragon 820 SoC and Android 7.1 Nougat

OnePlus is expected to unveil a new phone dubbed 'OnePlus 3T' on 15 November, while a recent report on Geekbench reveals a mysterious OnePlus smartphone touted as 'OnePlus Pixel'. The handset is reportedly powered by 1.59 GHz Snapdragon 820 processor and paired with 6GB of RAM.

According to the Geekbench report, the OnePlus Pixel apparently runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, which is the same operating system found on Google's Pixel and Pixel XL phones. However, the possibility of OnePlus Pixel being the 3T phone is ruled out as the latter is expected to ship with Snapdragon 821 processor.

With OnePlus team and Qualcomm having confirmed that the next OnePlus device will be powered by Snapdragon 821 chip, it is clear that the rumoured OnePlus 3T has nothing to do with the mysterious Pixel phone spotted on Geekbench.

On the contrary, speculation is rife that the device listed on Geekbench could simply be the OnePlus 3 phone, which is awaiting the release of Android 7.1 Nougat update after a brief beta testing.

Consequently, it is now evident that the Geelbench test could be part of OnePlus' efforts towards evaluating the new Nougat software, before rolling out the same to its OnePlus 3 customers. This theory gains precedence as the 'OnePlus Pixel' moniker may just be a codename for the OnePlus 3 running Android 7.1, especially due to the fact that Google's Pixel phones are the only ones featuring the new Nougat update.

The OnePlus 3T is expected to look identical to the OnePlus with the exception of featuring a faster Snapdragon 821 processor clocked at 2.35GHz. Evidently, the 3T should run much faster than the current Pixel phones from Google.