Sep 24 AT 9:37 PM Evan Selleck 28 Comments

Motorola’s ‘Shamu’ or Nexus 6 shown off in mock-up as more details come to light

image Motorola shamu

Since late July, Motorola’s “Shamu” handset has been the center of plenty of rumors regarding an upcoming Nexus handset, and now a new report has surfaced that claims to not only corroborate rumors, but even add a bit of new information to the mix.

According to a report published on Wednesday, September 24, by 9to5Google, Motorola’s “Shamu” device, which could land on the market later this year as either the Nexus 6 or Nexus X, is indeed still coming. And, as many rumors have suggested in the past, it is indeed going to look like an oversized new Moto X. At least, if a mock-up published along with the report is any indication.

According to a source speaking with 9to5Google, some of the information that has been rumored in the past, including information tied to a GFXBench report in early August, is now being corroborated. That includes a device with a display that measures in at 5.9-inches and has a resolution of 2560 x 1440. On top of that – or, under the hood, specifically – there’s a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset clocked at 2.6GHz. The device will reportedly launch with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage and a battery measured in at 3200mAh.

The camera on the back, while oft-rumored to boast a 12-megapixel shooter, will apparently actually be a 13-megapixel camera. The camera on the front will be a 2-megapixel shooter, exactly like the one you’d find on a new Moto X.

As noted in the original report, though, while the mock-up does indeed look like a gargantuan new Moto X, there are some other subtle differences, like the slight shifting of the volume rocker.

As far as software goes, the device will launch with Android L, and it will be a vanilla effort. Unlike the Moto X lineup, where Motorola has their own apps available out of the box, that won’t be the case for the Nexus handset. It will remain a Nexus-branded, stock Android experience.

As far as a launch date goes, it sounds like Google is still planning to announce the handset in October and launch it sometime in November.

Are you holding out for the new Nexus smartphone?

Source: 9to5Google

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  • stretchboy

    Oh hell yes please. I have the Mega and I would love an unlocked, moddable phablet.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Gotta laugh at the perpetrating being done by everyone who feels the need to now jump into the Phablet category made prominent by Samsung four years ago.

      Who wants a boring big screened stock android phablet that won’t have true multitasking/productivity abilities big just for NO REASON.

      plain and simple nothing beats Samsung or the Galaxy Note products period they are Android nothing else matters

      • Richard Yarrell

        Apple iPhone 6 Plus which is nothing more than a watered down Galaxy Note 2 at best now this other stock android fake wanna be phablet.


      • BlazeHN

        Dude I own a Galaxy Note 3 and I dont use ANY of the Samsung apps intented for Phanblet use, still I enjoy my big screen way more than I did with the Galaxy S4 I had before, I would never go back to a small screen.

        So that means you dont NEED to like the Samsing gimmicks as a REQUIREMENT to enjoy a big screen phone, that is so lulz. Everyone watch videos, play games and do lot of stuffs on a phone on a daily basis and all of those things looks way better on a bigger screen.

      • Tee Nanal

        Man are you pathetic.

        Calm your tits you pathetic, miserable asshole. You sound like a shady used are salesman or better yet one of those infomercial hosts with the way you harp on Samsung. They don’t care about you, they’re not gonna offer you a job with the way you’re dick riding them so calm the hell down because no one is taking you seriously.

        Get sterilised.

    • Brando56894

      When I was buying my Note 3, I saw the Mega in AT&T and wanted it but I’m on T-Mobile and wasn’t going to pay full price for it, even if it did work on T-Mobile’s network. After having the Note for about 9 months 5.9″ is definitely too big for my small hands because one handed operation is so awkward, even though I use it in landscape mode most of the time.

  • Nigel

    Oh well I’m skipping it.

    5″ is perfect. They would stretch my tolerance with 5.2″ but 5.9″ forget it I’ll be looking for mint condition N5 cast offs from the macho types who want bigger.

    I got OPO which has plenty of everything if I want speed and capacity.

    • elijahblake

      I really hope they release two nexus phones.. I’m so tired of this huge LG G3. Not sure what I’m going to get if they don’t release a 5.2. The moto X battery looks like it’s lacking.

  • roland

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this great device I hope this is so true bring it on

  • roland

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this great device I hope this is so true bring it on.

    • Bill Lavin

      If it turns out to be 5.9″ I will be very disappointed…..

  • stretchboy

    Suffice it to say that despite peoples disappointment with a new phone being this large it appears to be a hot commidity. Samsung and Apple are bent (pun of course intended) on bring phablets to the market and it appears to be something very sought after in asia. As I mentioned earlier, I love the bigger phone and the sacrifice of having to buy a locked down, under powered phone before will go away. Woot!

    • stretchboy

      Sorry, not only Samsung and Apple but most, if not all, the phone manufacturers are producing ~6″ phones.Even Nokia/Microsoft with the 1520.

  • Héctor

    So this is where my Nexus ride ends. Cya.

  • mko

    I’m still using the Nexus 4 and would love a new Nexus device. But if it’s that big and there is no smaller version, I can’t use it…

  • Ardrid

    As much as I love the Nexus line, I’m not interested in the Nexus 6 if these rumors pan out. I’m not looking for a phone the same size as my Kindle Paperwhite. 5″ or so is my limit.

  • Matt Jones

    Absolutely not. Not at that size.

  • Pagger

    It will be still smaller than apples huge 6+ moto will make that screen fit into a smaller package no problem. Now I’ve always loved my note3 but without spen without multitasking its going to be just a big screened phone.battery will not be removable no SD card but no twiz? Decisions????

  • dbareis

    Screen size about right :-) Hope its got an infrared remote this time

  • Jason Hiester

    I suspect we will see two new Nexus phones released at the same time: a 5.2″ and a 5.9″.

  • Mick Gasm

    I wish I could see the image, but your mobile layout cuts it in half and there’s no link to the pic.

    I’d be excited for this device if I didn’t know well enough to not expect it on Verizon Wireless.

  • Dirtybudha

    Like many, I forsee 2 nexus devices. There’s no way I can see Google thinking “Oh, screw the majority that don’t like large screens! LARGE SCREENS FOR EVERYONE!!” So I suspect we will have 2 sizes.

    If they include an SD slot, p-p-p-p-please do it, then I’m sold!! Likely it won’t happen, but a guy can dream!

    • Dirtybudha

      Also, I like the larger screen sizes, as I’m a fan of the Note series. I nkow not everyone digs them but I, for one, do.

  • BlazeHN

    I really dont think it will be 5.9″, I mean phanblets have a big market now yes, but its not as mainstream as the 5″ +/- phones are, also the Nexus series is on that range (just like the Galaxy S series) so they should launch it on 5.2″ max or maybe 5″ and have a 2nd model with the phanblet size, but if they do that Apple would sue them for launching a phone with 2 sizes (big and bigger) since they invented that, lolz.

  • chris0101

    Specs-wise, this appears to be very similar to that of the Note 4.

    Depending on price, this could end up being an incredible value over the Note 4, especially if it comes at <$400 USD.

    I just wish that there was a pen like on the Note, a removable battery, and expandable storage. Hopefully the camera and speakers will be good.

    But being a Nexus, you do get other benefits:
    - Good development of third party ROMs
    - Fast updates at least for a couple of years, by which point you'll want a new phone

    I guess there's nothing to do but to wait and see at this point.

  • Odie

    I hope they offer a second, smaller option for people that want a Nexus phone but don’t want a phablet. I think the Nexus 5 was a great balance between screen size and single-handed usability.

  • BlazeHN

    Maybe Motorola dont want to canibalize their own Moto X 2014 so they give us a phanblet Nexus and a Moto X normal size phone. They look like the same thing in the end anyways.

  • JOSE