Amidst the speculations of the Nexus 6 being ditched by the search engine giant, Google, new reports have surfaced online that the flagship smartphone project is still alive and might finally see light in a couple of month's time.
To help to get better perspective on the rumoured Nexus 6, we have sifted through the numerous reports and compiled select features, which are more likely to make the cut in the Google's 2014 marquee smartphone.
Google Nexus 6 Design and Display:
For the past few months, we have been hearing numerous contradicting reports, with some suggesting that the Google's flagship Nexus handset series been dumped to focus on the Project Silver (for 2015), while some hinting HTC has bagged the contract to produce the coveted Nexus smartphone along with Nexus tablet aka 'Project Volantis'. [For more information, click here].
It was said HTC's Nexus phone would boast a monster 5.9-inch display, but the new report from Android Police has claimed that a Nexus phone is in fact will be made by the Google's very own device-division - Motorola Mobility (soon to be acquired by Lenovo).
The company has already begun project 'Shamu', (named after famous orca of San Diego SeaWorld amusement park), which is quite believable since the search engine giant is known for naming sea creatures for its flagship devices. For instance- Google Nexus 5 is internally know as Hammerhead (a Shark species), Nexus 10 (Mantaray, a giant fish species) and the list continues.
Coming back to Nexus 6, it is said the phone will boast 5.2-inch QHD aka 2K resolution display (2,560x1,440p) with pixel density of 500 plus ppi (Pixels Per Inch).
Even the recently leaked AnTuTu benchmark results (Courtesy, G4Games) have shown same display specifications.
Google Nexus 6 Processor, RAM & Storage Details:
Recently leaked benchmarking (AnTuTu) results indicate that the Nexus 6 would ship with the Qualcomm's monster chipset Snapdragon 805 series (APQ8084) quad-core processor, which can clock a max CPU speed of 3.0GHz. It will be backed by Adreno 420 graphics engine and sumptuous 3GB RAM.
Like previous Nexus devices, Nexus 6 is expected to come in various storage variants, most probably - 16GB and 32GB models. However, if the company incorporates microSD card slot, it will certainly cheer fans.
Google Nexus 6 Camera Specifications:
According to leaked benchmark results, Nexus 6 reportedly houses 13.0-megapixel main camera and a 2.1-megapixel snapper on the front.
There are no other details regarding photography-enhancing features as such, but if the company plans to win fans' hearts, the successor must feature enhanced OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation).
Many tech pundits had compared the 'camera department' as the proverbial "Achilles' heel" of Nexus 5.
Google Nexus 6 Mobile Operating System:
There is no price for guessing in this aspect as every Android fans know that Nexus series devices being a Google affiliate, it is all but certain that Nexus 6 will ship with the latest Android software v4.5/v5.0.
This time new OS will have nomenclature beginning with 'L'. If rumours are to believed, we can expect company to name the OS with delicious dessert monikers, most probably choices would be - Lollipop, Lemon Tart, Liquorice or Laddu (a Indian sweet).
After the announcement of KitKat, Indian Android enthusiasts had started a campaign to name the new Android OS version as 'Laddu'. They have even opened a dedicated webpage to convince the OS' chief Sundar Pichai to look towards the motherland to name the next Android, reported Firstpost. [To view the Laddu campaign page, click here]
Similarly, another group of IIT (Indian Institute of Technolgy, Kharagpur), said to be Sundar Pichai's (senior vice-president, Google) alma maters, are persuading him to name the new OS after 'Lassi', sweet curd milk.
At this point of time, nobody is sure whether Google's Android team would name the new OS version Laddu/Lassi or not, but the new software will have fully re-designed interface, says the new report.
Check out the official video of Google detailing the unification of Android's new OS in multiple devices:
Google Nexus 6 Launch Date Details:
If the sources of technology blog, Inferse is believed Google Nexus 6 might make its debut on Halloween (31 October), a popular western festival.
There is no credible evidence to authenticate the veracity of the website's claim, but if we look back in history, Google Nexus 5 was unveiled on the very same date in 2013.
So if this is taken as any guide, one can expect Google to announce the new phone and the much-awaited Android L in late October this year.
Google Nexus 6 Release Date, Price Details:
Like previous Google device launches, the search engine giant is most likely to release the Nexus 6 on launch day itself via official online site, Google Play store. But as of now, there is no word on the price of the device, but considering previous Nexus smartphones, company is most likely retail the device with a competitive price-tag.
Expected specifications of Google Nexus 6 aka Motorola Shamu:
|Model||Google Nexus 6 aka Motorola Shamu|
|Display||5.2-inch QHD (2560x1440p) screen|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (APQ8084) with 2.46GHz CPU speed|
|Camera||Main: 13.0-megapixel cameraFront: 2.1-megapixel camera|