Will Motorola's New Nexus be a Giant Moto X?
More supposed details about Google’s next Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 6 (or, apparently, Nexus X depending on who you ask). A post on 9to5Google today claims to have details about the new handset being made by Motorola, codenamed “Shamu.”
According to the post, the new Nexus’s display will measure 5.92 inches diagonally, making it even larger than the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus and the even bigger 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4. If true, this will be, in no uncertain terms, a gigantic phablet. The post says that, under the hood, the new Nexus will boast 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, and a Snapdragon 805 CPU. A 13 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera round the specs out, and we have a huge 2nd generation Moto X with an extra gig of RAM thrown in for good measure.
The post adds that the device that’s being described may be one of two new Nexus phones coming from Motorola. That’s because previous reports about “Shamu” have pointed to a device with similar specs, but a 5.2-inch display. The Nexus 5 – the current model of Google’s flagship phone, made by LG – sports a 4.95-inch display, and that’s plenty big already. Moreover, the mixed messaging about whether or not it’ll be the Nexus 6 or the Nexus X point to the possibility that Google is taking a page out of Apple’s book and plans on releasing two differently sized devices.
With Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, we have officially entered the age of the gigantic smartphone. Once only the realm of weirdos like Samsung and its Galaxy Note series of phablets, it seems that every new smartphone is looking to beat rivals by promising an ever-larger screen. I’m going to hope and hope again that the next Nexus smartphone won’t be restricted to the nearly 6-inch monstrosity that we’re hearing about today. I love me a big phone screen, but there are limits.
The post closes by adding that this device – whatever it turns out to be – is scheduled to come out sometime this November, with a late-October announcement. That falls more or less in line with what we’ve heard regarding supposed plans to announce the Nexus 9 tablet from HTC on October 16…which is technically “late” October. Either way, October’s right around the corner, so hopefully the answers to all our questions are coming shortly.