The Nexus 6, constructed by Motorola and Google, has just received the leak treatment from Android Police. Rumors and leaks regarding the Nexus 6 have been in abundance, but this is by far the largest leak we’ve seen yet. Starting with the physicals of the device, the above render reveals that the rumored 5.9-inch display is real and looks just as massive as expected. Also on the front, we can see two black front-facing speakers and a front-facing camera. On the right side, you can just barely see the outlines of a power button and volume rocker.
Continuing on the hardware, the phone is essentially an upsized Moto X in terms of design. The sides will contain the same aluminum trim and the back will be identical to the standard Moto X. The same 13-megapixel camera with OIS and ring flash will be present and the front camera will be 2 megapixels. The 5.9-inch display carries a QHD resolution and a PPI of 496. To keep it going, the Nexus 6 packs in a 3200+ mAh battery, and knowing Motorola, will probably offer great battery life. It should also be noted that the phone will be capable of using Motorola’s Turbo Charger.
Looking at the software, we can see Android L (5.0) with redesigned icons that use Material Design. A new folder holds the Google Drive suite of apps, suggesting that the family will be pushed more with the next release of Android. Curiously, there appears to be a messaging icon next to the dialer. If you’ll remember, the Nexus 5 ditched the dedicated messaging app and used Hangouts as the default messaging app for the phone. Unless this is a rebrand of Hangouts, we could see the messaging app making a return. Unless, of course, it was simply a mix-up in the concept photo.
While the Nexus 6 has the potential for greatness, we’re forced to wonder about the size. The large 5.9-inch display and gargantuan form factor are sure to be off-putting to some. Additionally, there haven’t been any leaks of a smaller Nexus 6 device to accompany it, so this could be the only Nexus phone arriving this year. We’ll have to wait and see what Google does, but this could signal a change in the Nexus line. And possibly one that won’t be found popular.
What are your thoughts on the leak?