When you run the GFXBench 3.0 benchmark, it uploads the results along with some basic information about your device to an online database. And when someone does that on unannounced, in-development hardware, we sometimes get an early peak at its specs.
That may be what happened with an upcoming Samsung phone with the model number G906S. According to the specs captured by GFXBench, it's an absolute beast of a phone. The 5.2-inch display is QHD (2560 x 1440), though that might be excessive at that screen size, as even a 1080p display would deliver over 400 pixels per inch, with pixels far too small for the eye to discern.
The other specs are just as interesting. There's the usual array of sensors and a 15 megapixel camera, but the star of the show is the system-on-chip (SoC). With a quad-core CPU running at over 2.4 GHz, Adreno 420 graphics, and 3 GB of RAM, this is almost certainly the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 805.
What of the benchmark results themselves? Well, they're all over the place. Some are missing, others are much lower than the current crop of high-end phones. That's not uncommon behavior for hardware that is still months from release (we're told the first Snapdragon 805 devices will probably hit the market late this summer).
I can't help but be a little disappointed to see Samsung (or anyone, really) working on a device with a 5.2-inch, 2560 x 1440 display. With a pixel density of 564 PPI, a display like that is spending a whole lot of graphics horsepower and battery to display additional pixels that are so small it's academic; a lower resolution would still be so sharp you couldn't see the pixels. That sort of resolution is far more appropriate in a device with at least a 7-inch screen.