Nexus 5
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Google has not announced the release date of its upcoming flagship smartphone dubbed as Nexus 6 aka Shamu, but reports suggest that it might see the light of the day on 31 October. Now, some key features of the device are leaked online as its launch date draws nearer.

In what could increase the curiosity among gadget lovers, who are closely following the device, several features of the next-generation smartphone have hit the Internet. Fans can expect the new device to have several upgrades over its predecessor Nexus 5.

Google's new device, Shamu will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset with CPU speed close to 2.5GHz, according to Antutu benchmark, contrasting earlier report by G4Games that it might come with 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.

It went on to say that the device will sport a 5.2-inch screen with 1440x2560p resolution, run on yet-to-be released software, Android L, houses a 13MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera, Adreno 420 graphics processor and comes packed with 3GB RAM.

It was earlier reported that Nexus 6 may sport a 5.2-inch full HD with 1080x1920 pixels resolution, powered by Quad-core MT6732 64-bit chip or the octa-core MT6752 SoC processors, and run on the Android L OS. Reports also claimed that the device may house either a 20MP camera with an HDR mode or a 13MP main camera and a 5MP front snapper, with 32 GB internal memory, 3GB RAM and 3,100 mAh Li-Polymer battery.

The device is also expected to have features, including a curved LCD display and a lightweight, polycarbonate body. It may also boast of Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and micro-USB connectivity slot.

The most reliable piece of information on the release date of the upcoming device so far was the revelation made a few months ago by Sundar Pichai, VP at Google. He said at the Mobile World Congress 2014 (MWC 2014) that the device would be announced in October.