So much has been written about Google's upcoming flagship smartphone dubbed as Nexus 6, even months ahead of its release. Media has revealed every detail of the device, from release date to pricing to specifications, though official announcement is still awaited.
It was reported that the search giant might scrap its Nexus line to make way for an Android Silver product line before an executive from the company rubbished the reports saying that they are working on a new Nexus device which will be released along with Android L.
In an interview to ReadWrite, Dave Burke, the head of Android engineering and the Nexus program at Google, confirmed that they are not scrapping Nexus series.
"People have been commenting about Nexus because there is something else and they think that means the end of the Nexus. That is the totally wrong conclusion to make," said Burke.
"When we are working, there are sort of two outputs. We're building a Nexus device and we're building the open source code. There is no way you can build the open source code without the phone or tablet or whatever you are building. You have to live and breathe the code you are developing."
Nexus 6 Release Date
Google hasn't revealed the release date of Nexus 6, but several reports have pointed at an October release. Sundar Pichai, VP at Google, had said at the Mobile World Congress 2014 (MWC 2014) that the device would be announced in October, which is the most credible piece of information on Nexus release so far.
Speculations were doing the rounds that Nexus 6 might be priced between $600 (₹35,000 approximately) and $600 (₹38,000 approximately), while 91mobiles have put the pricing at ₹40,000 ($660 aproximately).
However, many argue that the price of Nexus 6 should be much lesser than speculated as the 16GB variant of Nexus 5 was priced $349 and $399 for 32GB. The upcoming flagship smartphone is also expected to come with a reasonable price tag, which will be a huge attraction in price-sensitive markets like India and other developing countries.
Nexus 6 will be powered by MediaTek 64-bit SoC processor, according to Taiwan's Economic Daily. However, G4Games reported that the device would be powered by either a "quad-core MT6732 64-bit chip that clocked at 1.5GHz, or the octa-core MT6752 SoC running at a frequency of 2.0GHz."
The device is expected to sport a 5.2-inch full HD curved LCD display (1080 x 1920 px), protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, packed with 32 GB internal memory and 3GB RAM, and run on Android 4.5 Lollypop. Tech Cocktail reported that the device would feature a 20MP camera with HDR mode, contradicting other reports that it would have a 13MP main camera and a 5MP front snapper.
On the connectivity front, the device is expected to boast of Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and micro-USB connectivity options. It may also come with a 3,100 mAh Li-Polymer battery.