There have been lots and lots of rumors concerning the future of Google’s Nexus line of phones. These rumors have run the gamut from “There will be no Nexus 6. The Nexus 5 is the last of the Nexus line” to “It’s going to have a giant 5.9″ screen!” It appears neither of the these statements is likely true, although since we’re still in the rumor and leak phase of the phone’s development, nothing is set in stone.
Google announced earlier this year, at the Google I/O conference, that the rumors of the Nexus line being phased on are categorically untrue. And now the web site GFXBench is claiming to have leaked benchmark data which give us some insight into what the Nexus 6 will offer.
Assuming these benchmarks are accurate, and of the Nexus 6, it appears the next Nexus will (as expected) run Android L, contain a Snapdragon 805 chipset, Adreno 420 GPU, 3 GB of RAM and 24 GB of ROM storage. That’s some serious horsepower. The site also claims the Nexus 6 will have a 5.2 inch display with QuadHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution. That’s a whopping 564 pixels per inch, which is even higher than the LG G3’s 538 ppi. In all honesty, it’s hard to tell the difference between the G3’s screen and the “only” 1920 x 1080 screen on the Galaxy S5 (432 ppi) , so I’m not convinced we need QuadHD. But that’s clearly the next evolution in phone technology, so we’re going to get it whether we care or not. GFXBench also claims a 12 MP rear camera with 4K video capability, and a 2 MP selfie cam.
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Assuming this is the Nexus 6, it seems Motorola will be building it for Google. If so, this will be the first time Motorola has built a Nexus phone, and probably indicates that design and development began before Google sold off Motorola’s handset division to Lenovo.
The Nexus 6 is expected to launch sometime this fall, along with the next release of the Android OS, “Android L.”
(Note, the image above is of current Nexus devices running the Android L preview. No images of the Nexus 6 have yet been leaked.)
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