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Speculations on the features of Google's upcoming flagship smartphone dubbed as Nexus 6 is rife with the rumoured release date drawing nearer, and latest report has hinted that the new device might have a 2K display among several other upgrades over its predecessor Nexus 5.

Nexus 6 is expected to sport a 5.2-inch full HD screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass but not much has been said about its screen resolution. However, DigiTimes has quoted sources from Taiwan-based supply chain makers as saying that many handset vendors may go for smartphones with 2K (2560x1440) displays in the second half of the year, sparking off speculations that Google's new device could be one of them. 

The Taiwanese publication claimed that more companies may join 2K display club of Vivo, Oppo and LG Electronics in 2014 and 2015, but stiff competition could bring down the price of smartphones despite feature upgrades, including high resolution screens. Sources told the publication that the main supplier of 2K panel technology this year could be AU Optronics (AUO), JDI and Samsung Display.

It was earlier reported that Nexus 6 might sport a 5.2-inch with 1080x1920 pixel, which means its display pixel density will be lower than that of its predecessor, Nexus 5 as it has a smaller display - 4.95-inch – while the resolution is the same. However, it is very unlikely for Google to decrease display resolution when its counterparts are trying to improve image quality.

Nexus 6 may come with a curved LCD display with lightweight, polycarbonate body. Taiwan's Economic Daily has reported that the device will be powered by MediaTek 64-bit SoC processor, while G4Games claimed that the device may have 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 will come with Google's upcoming operating system, Android L and come packed with 32 GB internal memory and 3GB RAM, 3100 mAh Li-Polymer battery and boast of Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and micro-USB connectivity slot. It is expected to come with either a 20MP camera with HDR mode or a 13MP main camera and a 5MP front snapper.

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.