Motorola Shamu benchmarks hint at a drool-worthy Nexus 6

August 13, 2014
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We're back trying to figure out Google's next move when it comes to its Nexus device line. While the jury is still out on who will be bequeathed the privilege of making what people are calling the Nexus 6, one of the top contenders is Motorola, and this latest benchmarks of a certain "Shamu" device, believed to be the Nexus 6, is trying to tell us that the former Google-owned company might have something to show indeed.

As the next Android reference device, this Motorola Shamu unsurprisingly flaunts high-end specs on GFXBench's website. Included in that shopping list of top of the line hardware is a 2.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, which comes with the new Adreno 420 GPU, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal memory. The display is no joke either, with a 5.2-inch 2560x1440 screen, beating the LG G3's own 2K display in size and, therefore, pixel density. The cameras are quite run of the mill, with a 12 megapixel shooter at the back and a 2 megapixel on the front. The rear camera is noted to be capable of recording 4K video, which isn't surprising given the Snapdragon 805's multimedia bent.

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This sheet is seemingly confirmed by popular benchmark site AnTuTu, who revealed a certain "Google shamu" sneaking into its list of devices. The name alone would clue us in on the Nexus association of this device. The two agree in almost all specs except for the camera, with AnTuTu putting a slightly higher 13 megapixel on the back and 2.1 megapixels for selfies.

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Of course, benchmark sightings are never a certainty of an actual device coming to market so the door remains open for speculation and even other players. There is also word that a Motorola-made Nexus might not be possible until Motorola's assimilation into Lenovo becomes total and complete. That said, considering how Android L and, by extension, the Nexus 6 aren't scheduled to come out until later this year, there might still be enough time for all those pieces to fall into place.

SOURCE: GFXBench, AnTuTu
VIA: SlashGear


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  • http://hanslowinc.x10.mx 4dwarehouse

    I don’t understand why they are going to put a 1440p display in the phone. They could focus on a better battery.

    • kishan

      Absolutely!!!

    • John Hale

      That and most app devs aren’t going to take advantage of Hi-Res implementation, perhaps a lil’ later from now I reckon. Wanna talk about better battery? Then take what’s called ‘Bloatware’ and minimumalize resource occupation from OEM features (i.e Touchwiz and their gestures plus much unnecessary connectivity apps, that most can’t be removed by consumer convenience) and put adjustable performance variables in the system UI itself, just not too many options… Consumers can catch on quickly the flavor of performance they desire, with restrictions of course so him/her won’t push the threshold of hardware components, like you could when you root your device in addition to a possible new kernel implementation.

    • newsjunkieintl

      Because Nexus phones always have the best display specs and best CPU/GPU. The gen3 Galaxy Nexus was one of the first Androids to have HD 720p. So, the Nexus 6 will be one of the first to have 1440p. The LG G3 already has it and the Note4 will also. It’s becoming the new standard for top tier Androids. Next year ALL the top tier Android will have it, just like 1080p superseded 720p.

  • Emil

    no, no SD 805 is not x64. This is not Nexus 6.

  • Android Developer

    where’s the benchmark score?
    EDIT: it’s probably 33417 , so maybe it’s not the real Nexus 6.

  • Klyze Jr

    Another 5′ screen with 2560×1440, and thanks to demandind retarded consumers.
    Oh and dont forget to buy a battery pack to carry around too.
    /facepalm

  • FrillArtist

    Better include a better battery as well.

    • kishan

      Its a must! Not just “better”

  • Eddie Del Real

    How can the first Android L phone from Google not be 64-bit. Didn’t Nvidia say they built the K1 specifically for the Android L in mind?