The Nexus 6 will be one of the most powerful Android phones on the market, if leaked specs that have shown up on the benchmarking site GFXBench are to be believed.
The specs are for the mysterious Motorola Shamu smartphone, a device that has previously been rumoured to be the codename for the new Nexus, tentatively referred to as either the Nexus 6 or Nexus X.
Nexus 6 specs
- OS: Android L
- Display: 5.2-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixels, 564ppi
- CPU: Snapdragon 805 quad-core CPU @2649MHz (~2.7GHz)
- GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 4203D API OpenGL ES 3.1
- Memory: 2.9GB
- Storage: 24GB
- Rear camera: 12 MP (4160 x 3120), 4K video, autofocus, face detection, flash, HDR photo, touch focus
- Front camera: picture: 2 MP (1920 x 1080) video: FHD (1920 x 1080)
- Features: accelerometer, barometer, bluetooth, camera (face), camera (rear), compass, GPS, gyroscope, lightsensor, NFC, pedometer, proximity, 1 x sim card, wifi
If this is indeed the new Nexus then the phone will have moved more into phablet territory than ever before, matching the trend seen in many of the year’s other flagship phones including the Sony Xperia Z3 and the LG G3, from the company that previously made handsets for Google.
The launch of the Nexus 6 will, of course, accompany the rolling out of Android L. The new OS will be 64-bit compatible, though Motorola appears to have not chosen to use a 64-bit processor. Instead it will be using the same Snapdragon 805 chip used in the Galaxy Note 4, along with a 2K display with impressive 564ppi pixel density.
Motorola takes over the Nexus program
After two years of Nexus phones produced by LG Motorola is believed to be working on the Nexus phone for 2014.
Fronting the Nexus program was a huge success for LG, first helping to raise the manufacturer’s profile, and then its sales. Prior to the release of the Nexus 4 in 2012 LG was largely seen as an also-ran in the Android space.
The Nexus 4 sold in excess of three million units, and gave the company a major boost as it launched its three highest profile handsets the G2, Nexus 5 and G3.
All bar one of the Nexus phones to date have either served as a reference design for another product for its manufacturer, or been based on an existing one.
- Nexus One reference for HTC Desire
- Nexus S based on Samsung Galaxy S
- Galaxy Nexus n/a
- Nexus 4 based on LG Optimus
- Nexus 5 based on LG G2
The Shamu would be only the second time a Nexus device has been developed from scratch. It is believed that Google may also be releasing a second version of the phone, with a much larger 5.9” display.
You can expect the phone, or phones, to launch in the Autumn, most likely around late October, when Android L is also set to become available at long last.