The closer we get to Google’s annual I/O event, the more we hear about the rumoured X Phone by Google and Motorola. According to GSM Insider, an AnTuTu benchmark for a device named Google X has been spotted.
The benchmark reveals that the device was tested in the US and is equipped with a 1.5GHz processor, which could either be the Snapdragon 600, 800 or the Tegra 4. The last major bit of information to be revealed in the benchmark is that the handset seems to run on Android 5.0.1. However, all of this information is subject to change as the phone is still ubder development, .
The Google X Phone benchmark reveals Android 5.0.1
Back in March, it was rumoured that the handset will have a 4.8-inch display made of sapphire glass, which is said to be three times harder to crack than Corning's Gorilla Glass.
The corners of the smartphone will supposedly be made with rubber bumpers to make the phone sturdier, and the back will be carbon fibre. It is said to have a 4000 mAh battery, staying in line with Motorola’s affinity for high-capacity batteries. As an added bonus, the device will also supposedly be water-resistant. To be fair, these rumours sound too good to be true.
In the past, we've heard rumours suggesting the phone will have an edge-to-edge full HD display, a rugged or unbreakable casing and a long-lasting battery, something that Google feels has often been ignored by other manufacturers. It is also said to feature the Sony Exmor RS sensor, which is used in the Sony Xperia Z.
It's rumoured that the X Phone will also give you the liberty to pick the device and then choose which carrier you want to go with. Similar to how Dell changed the PC game in the 1990s, Google wants to build phones to order and then sell them at a very affordable price tag, which won’t be bound to a contract.
Reportedly, the back of the X Phone is no ordinary panel—Google is said to have implemented a touch-sensitive button in the Motorola logo back there. Motorola had included a similar feature in its Backflip phone. This rumour is in line with a patent application from Google covering backside device touch controls. There’s no word on what exactly the rear touch panel's functions are, but it's rumoured it could be used to scroll through webpages and for launching voice commands.
Rumours suggest that the handset will be hitting the shelves by the end of the year.