Alleged Nexus 6 “Shamu” specs leak: Snapdragon 805, 3GB of RAM, 13 megapixel camera and more



According to the rumor mill, Google and Motorola are said to be bringing out a new device codenamed “Shamu” that will eventually make its way to the market as the Nexus 6. We haven’t known much about it up to this point, but a new benchmark leak could shed some light on what to expect out of the device. Let’s not waste any time with what you’re here for:

  • 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset @ 2.6GHz w/ Adreno 420 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM and an odd 24GB of internal storage
  • 13 megapixel rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front camera
  • NFC, Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS

We’re not sure how accurate this benchmark is. The storage is particularly peculiar as we don’t often see a phone in configurations outside of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The existence of 24GB could indicate a device with 16GB of internal storage and an 8GB microSD card, but we can’t say for sure.

Another point of contention is that the original rumor told tales of a 5.9 inch display, which is a far cry from the 5.2 inch panel listed above. Perhaps it’s just circumstances of it being a prototype device that is most likely nowhere near final specification.

We sure wouldn’t mind seeing a device like this come to market if it all does turn out to be true, but with this thing still firmly planted in the “rumor” space we’re not going to get our hopes up too high.

[GFXBench, Antutu via PhoneArena]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. 5.2″ now?

    EDIT: Since I really wasn’t interested in a phablet, if this is true, I may just hold out.

  2. Fudge. Great looking specs, except for the tiny screen.

    I wanted the Note 4 to have legitimate competition for my purchase.

    1. Tiny screen? Wow… I’m still in the 4’s. LoL!!

      1. I’m with my trusted GS3 4.8 perfect one hand usage…the 5.2 on a lg g2 chassis…would work for me…but yeah 4s are the best!!!

        1. That’s what she said Lol hahaha

    2. Tiny screen?
      Don’t do drugs.

    3. tiny screen? phablet lover.

    4. Good.. get an iPhone.

      1. Why all the hostility? I am a giant human being with giant hands and I love the form factor of my Note 3 but I can’t stand the software. A 5.9″ nexus would be exactly what I would want on a silver platter. Am I to be vilified because I want a modestly large screen?

        (PS, I’m forced to use an iphone at work. I can’t use it because its so tiny)

        1. most people consider a 5-inch phone to be a large screen phone. if you do not, then you do not hold the average opinion. any phone near the 6-inch mark becomes a phablet, and 7-inch is full-blown tablet status.

  3. I have to see what capacity the battery is and how much for the 64GB
    Just got the 1+1 and loving it.

    1. Batteryy… butturryy… that matters most. now a days!

  4. 24GB is a close enough number to what you have in a 32GB ROM.

    1. Agreed completely. I’m thinking it is a 32 GB phone with storage showing 24 due to the ROM.

  5. 2560 x 1440 display? pass..

    1. Why?

      1. he prefers low resolution.

        1. I prefer the used a display resolution that matches the screen size, 1920*1080 is more than enough for 5 – 5.5″ display.

          At the very least they should wait for the hardware to catch up, both battery life and graphics performance.

      2. A number of reasons.

        #1 Users can’t tell the difference on 5 to 5.5″ displays, it’s unnecessary.
        #2 Lowers battery life
        #3 Has a huge impact on 3d performance in some circumstances.

        The last thing Google should be doing to pushing 1440p displays on phones, it’s for marketing only and doesn’t benefit the user experience at all.

        1. Do you have enough information to make those statements as facts?

          1. Yes.

            1. I’ve seen the LG G3 side by side with 1080p devices and couldn’t tell the difference, many reviewers are saying the same.
            2. LG G3 battery life is poor compared to other flagship devices, that’s because of the display.
            3. Benchmarks clearly show performance dropping by as much as 50% in 3d performance moving from 1080p to 1440p, it will depend on the game and developers level of optimization but I’ve already experienced it first hand.

            But at least it features Snapdragon 805 which should help with the performance a little.

          2. You’re comparing one 1440p to many 1080p devices. Not all 1080p screens are of equal quality, and not all 1440p devices will be equal (when more come out).

            “LG G3 battery life is poor compared to other flagship devices”
            Are you sure screen resolution is the one and only reason for that? Do all 1080p devices have great battery life? No.

            Even with my N5, the battery life has changed dramatically as they’ve changed things. I get great battery life with the radios that came with 4.4.2, while the radios from 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 give me terrible battery life. When Google Play Services version 5.0.84 came out, battery life plummetted. Which it updated to 5.0.89, it when back to normal. Point is, there’s lots of things that affect battery life, screen resolution is just one of them.

            As for performance, the 805 should handle 1440p far better than 801.

          3. You hope not all 1440p devices will be equal when more come out, that’s what your really saying.

            The LG L3 has a good battery size and previous LG devices had good battery life so we have to look at what’s changed that could possibly explain this, oh yes the display and that’s it.

            All things being equal the LG G3 should have better battery life than the LG G2 but it doesn’t, well it has better standby time as that involves the display being turned off which makes sense.

            1080p devices go back more than one generation, if you have to compare 1440p to last generation 1080p devices you’ve already lost.

            Not discussing the N5, not interested.

            Yay, 1440p users should feel happy that their 3d performance is actually a little less than Snapdragon 800 users with 1080p displays. They increase performance only to take it away with increased resolution nobody will notice, it’s stupid.

          4. derp

  6. Here’s to hoping that 24 GBs of storage means SD card support (16 gbs onboard, 8gb sd card slot). I have a 64GB sd card just sitting around right now that I would love to use, I don’t care how big the screen is, actually the bigger the better IMO.

  7. May be 24GB of available storage and 32GB overall. Having said that, 8GB of taken up space his huge especially for a Nexus device. The pointless higher than Full HD resolution is a turn off as it’s just going to use more power. I’d rather have a full HD screen with the longer running time.

    1. I don’t understand why anyone would need more than full hd on a 5 inch screen. Like you said it will just be a drain on the battery. 1080p is fine. I would rather have that and longer battery life instead of 1440p. These are rumors and I don’t think they would actually put that on the phone if it is only 5inches.

  8. When I start seeing stronger leaks pointing to a non-phablet nexus phone. I can start my painful breakup with my Nexus 5 *sniff* S

    1. Agreed.

  9. Is there any possible way that this phone could be about same width as the Nexus 5 in the same way that Nexus 5 was virtually the same width as the Nexus 4? Sure the Nexus 6 might have next to zero bezel on the left/right side, but just maybe possible? i haven’t done the calculations.

    1. The G2 has a 5.2 inch screen in the same footprint of the N5, I would guess that if the N6 was to go to 5.2 inches, they would mimic the bezel of the G2 (which I have and love).


  10. Nexus is never awesome spec wise like this

    1. So you don’t think it’s the Nexus or are you just delighted that it might be?

    2. Huh? The Nexus One (nothing better than it when it came out – better specs than every Android phone at the time) and Galaxy Nexus (first 720p phone) were way ahead of the curve.

      1. And how often since?

        1. You were the one who used the word never. You could have used the word lately. The point is the original Nexus devices were way ahead of the spec curve. Only the Nexus 4 & 5 haven’t been.

          1. Stop with the semantics man. The 7, and 10 haven’t. Along with the nexus s. Please just stop.

          2. The Nexus 10 was pretty awesome spec-wise when it was originally released. Awesome screen and good processor (I know it was a dual core, but this dual core was better than the quad cores at that time – better ARM spec)

          3. The Nexus 4 was only the second phone released with the S4pro, just after the Optimus G. That was the fastest SOC available at the time, and a significant upgrade over the MSM8960 that everything else had been shipping with. It also came with Qi built-in.

  11. 5.2 Inches is awfully close to 5 inches….. they might just call this the NEW Nexus5 instead of the Nexus6

    1. Then go get a Note

      1. I don’t want a 6-inch phone. I’m actually happy that the new nexus is not going to be a phablet ! the N4 had a 4.x” screen, the N5 had a ~5″(rounded) inch screen, and now the new nexus is also 5.x inches. so they might as well call it the N5 again.

    2. The name doesn’t necessarily reflect the screen size though. This would be the sixth generation of the Nexus phone, hence the “Nexus 6” moniker.

      1. Don’t forget, the Nexus7 came out two years in a row, with the same name both years. they could do the same with the Nexus phone also.

        1. True, but given that the Nexus 7 never changed screen size, it only makes sense to not change the name of it.

        2. Nexus 7 is a tablet. The phones have always gone by the generation number.

          Nexus One wasn’t 1 inch.
          The Nexus 2 (which Samsung forced Google to called Nexus S) wasn’t 2 inches.
          The Nexus 3 (which Samsung forced Google to call Galaxy Nexus) wasn’t 3 inches.
          The Nexus 4 wasn’t 4 inches (it was 4.7″ which is closer to 5 than 4).
          The Nexus 5 is, coincidently 5 inches.

          The next phone will be the Nexus 6, regardless of size. I don’t know what they’ll do for the 7th generation, since they short-sightedly called their 7 inch tablets Nexus 7.

          1. google could have changed the naming convention after the Galaxy Nexus.

          2. Then why was the 4th Nexus phone called the Nexus 4 instead of Nexus 4.7 or Nexus 5? Who rounds .7 down?

          3. the marketing department does whatever it wishes.

          4. If that is the case, then it’s not size at all, it’s the whims the marketing monkeys.

  12. Maybe these are the specs that will align with the Moto X+1. Now that I have a 1+1 I think anything contoured and thin with ~5.5 inch is good.

  13. 5.2 is not really in phablet territory. No longer interested in this non-shamu until this 5.2 rumor is busted.

    1. Funny as I’m the polar opposite. 5.9″ was almost and inch too far, 5.2″ I can cope with. I don’t think any phone would offer a massive screen unless there is a smaller option. I’d be down with 2 Nexus phones’s a 5″ and a 6″ for choice but if it has to be one then I want the small option.

    2. I want nothing to do with a Nexus “phablet” so please God let this be the real one.

    3. I want the massive 5.9 QHD screen!

  14. Come to Poppa!!!!!

  15. And so it Begins!! I do think we are getting a lil ahead of ourselves here lets not HypeBeast just yet Lol.

  16. im in!

  17. 5.2″ makes much more sense. No way does Google launch a 6″ phone.

    And, it’ll be called the Nexus 5 2014..

    1. Google has done a lot of stupid things in the past. Ie. Buzz, Nexus Q, replace Docs with Drive then split it into Docs, Sheets, etc., Google TV, Wave, and more.

      I’m really hoping that they’ll shock us with a new Nexus 4 (2014).

    2. Nope, it will be Nexus 6 (the 6th Nexus phone).

      1. Nope!! That would mean next year there would be TWO Nexus 7’s — a phone and a tablet?!??

        It’s just a coincidence that the N4 & N5 were also fourth and fifth generation.

        There is only one naming convention — it’ll be based on screen size, like the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 (and Nexus 4 & 5, btw).

        1. No way, it is always named by size, the Galaxy Nexus was 120,000 light years in diameter!

          Don’t even get me started on the tiny screen on the Nexus One

          1. Yes, they did change the naming convention with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 in 2012.

            There should honestly be a psychological study on this topic.

          2. So then, naming convention can once again change correct?

            Perhaps Nexus 7 (phone) will be confusing for those Googling for the Nexus 7 (phone) and getting results for Nexus 7 (tablet 1 or tablet 2), but then again Google could just erase any results involving their tablets and rename them to Hive 7 or Command Center 7 (or start a 1,2,3,4,5,etc naming scheme with tablets too).

        2. Tablets are based on screen size, phones are by generation.

          The Nexus One was not 1 inch.
          The Nexus 2 (Nexus S) was not 2 inches.
          The Nexus 3 (Galaxy Nexus) was not 3 inches.
          The Nexus 4 was not 4 inches, it was 4.7″ (closer to 5 than 4).
          The Nexus 5 was coindentally 5 inches.
          The next Nexus phone will be the Nexus 6, regardless of size.

          As for the 7th generation Nexus phone… I don’t know. Google boxed themselves into a corner when they decided to name their 7 inch tablets Nexus 7.

          1. How can you just change the names with nexus 1 nexus 2 and nexus 3 and claim facts that aren’t true? They were the nexus ONE (not 1) nexus s and galaxy nexus, period. They started the naming based on screen sizes with the nexus 4, 7, and 10 and continued it with the nexus 5 and 7 (2014)… You cant just make shit up and claim the nexus one, nexus s and galaxy nexus were referred to as generational nexus models 1, 2 and 3.

          2. Or, more simply, there was NO naming convention until the Nexus 4/7/10, and then they created ONE convention for of their devices.

            The simplest explanation is usually right.

            We’ll see in a month or two.

        3. No there would not be 2 nexus 7 they could scheme up a new name which they need to because nexus 6 is lazy

  18. Google should also focus on innovating battery tech. Other Hardware tech almost peaked. Other than Snappy, which is doing incremental updates.

    1. Project Volta, google it up

      1. Thats on the Software side. I meant on the HW side.. freaking battery itself.

  19. This will be my next phone, I’ll be able to set my Nexus 5 aside.

  20. If it’s 5.2 inch and not the rumored 5.9, then I’m all in.

    1. Maybe it’s a 5.9″ device with a 5.2″ display??? If so, that’ll be a no no for me.

  21. I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m not jumping up and down , but is this really going to be that much better then my N5 ? I mean I get the processor bump , but if that’s all I get I guess i’ll stick with my 5 for now , hopefully we get more solid leaks as the day’s progress………..

    1. MOTO radios too! 4k screen, 3gb of ram, 13 mp camera.

    2. What else would you expect. How fast do you want it to be? How many pixels do you want the camera to be? You want more then a 2K screen? It’s gonna have new software that brings new features as well. Spec wise, all you really need is a bump in speed, camera (which brings new features and better quality usually), better battery life, and screen sometimes. Everything else is usually software related. So what else would you want? The most impact a phone has on a user is the software. We interact with that the most.

    3. sell your N5 a month before the N6 is released (you’ll only lose $50 from the price you purchased it at), then when the N6 is released, you’ll only pay a $50 difference for the newest nexus top-of-the-line. Don’t forget that there is only a certain # of years before android updates stop happening. and last year’s nexus is approaching that sooner than this year’s nexus. Not to mention that this year’s Nexus probably also has a better battery.

      1. You make a very good point , witch more then likely I will do , thank you for your positive feed back it is appreciated………..

    4. What were you expecting?

      1. Snapdragon 905.

        1. or at least realistically the 810……

  22. i doubt that this a nexus phone, because i don’t see any corner being cut here!

    1. Well hopefully this time around they realize that people hate when corners are cut

    2. They haven’t mentioned the battery size yet. Knowing Google it’ll be 1850mah =P. “All day battery…..if you don’t use it” -Google.

      1. Well it is a “developer” phone..so I would not think that battery will be priority considering the phone is connected to a computer during development….

    3. They don’t cut corners for Nexus the 4 was a g2 basically the 5 was nice and popular

      1. The N4 didn’t have LTE

  23. *sigh*

    Here we go again. 4.7″ was perfect. 4.95″ was borderline. 5.2″ no interest. My hand stopped growing long ago.

    1. unless of course. they figure out a way to put a 5.2″ screen on a phone which has the same dimensions of last year’s N5

      1. Lg G3

    2. Someone hand this guy a tissue…

    3. At least its not the rumored 5.9

    4. How are you posting on the internet? Aren’t you from 1945?

  24. I hope the camera is good this time around. That’s the weakest point to me as far as quality.

    1. Has a nexus ever had a great camera? The Nexus 5 seems to have had good video recording but not the best camera somehow.

    2. It’s still not THAT bad on the N5. The N4, I’d agree was awful.

  25. no 2K screen pls and just up the screen on time for 1080p!

  26. Wireless charging please….

    1. Should be a given considering the 5 had it.

  27. 24 GB – the remaining space to USE with a 32GB phone.. !

    1. Or maybe it’s actually a full 16 gig device. Instead of saying its a 16 gig device which only comes with 13 or less gigs of actual storage space.

  28. Damn it, I was all set on the Moto X+1. Now I might have to wait

  29. Must have a minimum of 64gb of int storage if no sd-card, with sd-card a minimum of 32gb is a must. Anything less is a no buy for me.

    1. Then you never bought a Nexus lol

      1. I had the Nexus One and four. I just want a phone that has plenty of storage. I run a construction business off my Note 3, that S-Pen is a powerful tool. I also own the SGS3 with 32gb of int storage with sd-card, I have the new HTC and hate to admit it butr also the iPhone 5S with 64gb of storage. My next phone is the Note 4 and maybe the iPhone 6. I’m just a tech nut.

    2. I’m guessing you either don’t have an unlimited plan or are afraid of the cloud. Since I’ve had my N5 I’ve never run into any issues. I have a Note III for sketching and have a 64gb card in it and there is very little on there.

  30. … and watch it not be cheap at all

    1. Under $400.

  31. I think LG G3 variant

  32. Shut the frack up and take my money!

  33. IR blaster is a must.

  34. the other components sound reasonable, but why 24GB storage? Android is killing external storage, how should this happen?

  35. Too small if it is 5.2

    1. yeah, if you are gorilla..

      1. Bigger screens are more popular the smaller the country’s hands are so you fail lol

  36. Interesting….

  37. Does it have Qi wireless charging? These are the specs that I was looking for in an N5 replacement as long as it still has Qi wireless. The LG G3 switched to a different standard so it’s a non-starter.

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