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Google Nexus 6 ‘Shamu’ from Motorola rocks QHD display, Snapdragon 805 CPU on AnTuTu

By April Taylor , Aug 13, 2014 09:41 AM EDT
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Google's Nexus 6 smartphone will apparently come from Motorola and the device has just popped up in a couple of benchmarks, revealing its specs.

The next-generation Nexus smartphone is one of the most highly-anticipated devices of this year and is expected to come with premium specs and features. Rumor has it that the Google Nexus 6 will come from Motorola and is currently codenamed "Shamu."

While the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 came from LG, the company said that it will no longer be in charge of making the Nexus smartphone for Google this year. Motorola is rumored to have received the honor and is expected to deliver the 2014 Nexus smartphone soon.

Last month, the folks over at Android Police stumbled upon the next-generation Nexus smartphone at the Google issue tracker, and the listing contained the reference "Shamu" for the device. Little was known at that point, but a couple of benchmark listings now make things clearer.

First, Dutch site TechTastic spotted the Motorola Shamu device in a listing on GFXBench. The benchmark showed test results similar to the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, OnePlus One, Sony Xperia Z2, and the LG G3, which suggested that it may come with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor under the hood.

A new benchmark listing on AnTuTu, however, comes with more details regarding the upcoming Google Shamu, aka the Nexus 6 from Motorola. According to AnTuTu, the Nexus 5 will boast a more powerful Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.64GHz, paired with Adreno 420 graphics and 3GB of RAM. The listing further reveals that the Motorola Shamu will sport a 5.2-inch display rocking an impressive QHD (2K) resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. On the software side, as expected, the next-generation Nexus smartphone will run Android L.

It remains unclear at this point just when Google plans to unveil its new Nexus 6 smartphone made in collaboration with Motorola, but the handset is expected to debut sometime during the fourth quarter of this year. Previous rumors suggested that the Nexus 6 may launch in November and hit all major carriers in the U.S., as well as other markets, but it's all in the rumor state for now.

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