A fishy benchmark listing has surfaced, suggesting the so-called Motorola Shamu, aka Google’s Nexus 6, is in advanced stages of testing with Android L pre-loaded, a surprisingly compact 5.2-inch Quad HD display and beefy Snapdragon 805 chip.
A dense air of uncertainty has been surrounding the future of the Nexus family, following claims from countless insiders and tipsters that a cancelation was imminent. And even though Google officials recently went on record to classify the gossip as malarkey, the Android Silver whispers continue to call Nexus’ stability into question.
LG’s adamant denial of ever having worked on an N5 sequel makes matters even harder to untangle, and there are no signals of Asus gearing up for a new Nexus 7 installment either. But Google is always full of surprises, and so LG and Asus could be out, and Motorola and HTC in.
Speculation on a possible Motorola-made N6 literally came out of nowhere a few weeks back, and now a second source seems to corroborate the existence of a wild “Shamu”. Then again, the GFX Bench benchmarking database doesn’t look so sure of having tested the elusive Nexus 6, putting a suggestive question mark at the end of the high-profile moniker.
Whether we’re looking at a Nexus, or simply a next-gen Motorola flagship, this Shamu is pretty mind-blowing, although it’s not nearly as large as the codename suggests. 5.2 inches? That’s mid-sized nowadays in the high-end mobile sector.
Knowing full well size doesn’t matter that much (right, girls?), Moto put everything but the kitchen sink on the Shamu, starting with the unreleased Android L and a gimmicky but oh so impressive 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, aka Quad HD or 2K screen resolution.
And then there’s an unnamed Qualcomm CPU clocked at 2.7 GHz, which judging by the presence of a matching Adreno 420 GPU, can only be a state-of-the-art Snapdragon 805. Mind you, S801’s follow-up is found solely inside region-restricted versions of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and LG’s G3 at the moment.
To help complete paint the picture of an outstanding, hard-to-rival-with smartphone, 3 GB RAM takes care of multitasking business, and a 12 MP rear-facing camera with UHD video recording capabilities adds to the uselessness of standalone digital shooters.
Sounds positively dreamy for a Nexus spec sheet, though also hitting a reasonable price point may be a bit of a problem.
Source: GFX Bench