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Motorola's "Nio" is a Snapdragon 865+ phone: new leak

The Motorola "Nio": still looking at you. (Source: Voice)
The Motorola "Nio": still looking at you. (Source: Voice)
Motorola has been busy teasing an upcoming premium phone with an SoC from the Snapdragon 800 series. It may have surfaced in a new set of benchmarking results that might confirm which processor this is to be for the first time. This leak also points to 8GB of RAM and Android 11 out of the box for this device.

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Motorola had officially confirmed an impending Snapdragon 800-powered mobile device at Qualcomm's recent 2020 Tech Summit. This phone is to be the first of the Moto G series to get such a high-end platform.

This news has led to speculation that the OEM might extend itself to the former flagship 865 silicon in order to fulfil this boast. Now, there is a hint that it has in fact gone one slightly better instead.

Geekbench 5 has just acquired a new listing for the "motorola XT2125-4", a model number previously linked to this upcoming first-gen premium Moto - or "nio". This rumored code-name also pops up in the same results page, which, unfortunately, occupies a field that might otherwise provide a hint as to its specific chipset.

As it is, all the Geekbench webpage shows for this component is that it is an octa-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 1.8GHz. However, diving into its raw data reveals that the top speed of the same is in fact 3.09GHz.

It also mentions 2.42GHz with respect to other cores. Add the base clock mentioned in the final page, as well as its Adreno 650 GPU, and you get specs that do indeed add up to the 865+.

Therefore, this may make this upcoming Moto phone even more potentially competitive and compelling in the sub-flagship space of early 2021. Otherwise, it is thought to have an FHD+ display with a refresh rate that goes up to an unusual 105Hz value.

This screen may stand out even more with a double (as opposed to dual) punch-hole slated to make its 16+8MP selfie cameras save on screen real estate while also doing a permanent impression of an emoji into the bargain.

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The "Moto Nio" appears on Geekbench... (Source: Geekbench 5 via MySmartPrice)
The "Moto Nio" appears on Geekbench... (Source: Geekbench 5 via MySmartPrice)
...with code pointing to the presence of the Snapdragon 865+ processor. (Source: Geekbench 5)
...with code pointing to the presence of the Snapdragon 865+ processor. (Source: Geekbench 5)
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I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-12-30 (Update: 2020-12-30)