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Motorola Shamu aka Nexus 6 appears on another benchmark site; screen size is questioned (no longer)

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Motorola Shamu aka Nexus 6 appears on another benchmark site; screen size is questioned (no longer)
The unannounced Motorola Shamu aka Nexus X aka Nexus 6 recently broke some records on the Geekbench web site. This device apparently will have all of the specs required of a top shelf model for the second half of 2014. According to the Geekbench exam, the phone features a 5.9 inch screen with a 1440 x 2560 resolution, quad-core Snapdragon 805 CPU, 3GB of RAM and back and front-facing cameras of 12MP and 2MP respectively. A 3200mAh battery is inside, and Android L is pre-installed.

But there is more than just one benchmark site. The Nexus 6 has just taken another trip through benchmark country, according to a tweet. The stock Android phone was put through the ringer at CPU-Z (no pun intended) and revealed a quad-core 2.65GHz Snapdragon 805 CPU under the hood. It also showed that the Adreno 420 GPU is crunching graphics on the device. 3GB of RAM is confirmed as is the 1440 x 2560 QHD resolution.

There is one anomaly. The 560ppi pixel density listed would indicate a 5.2 inch QHD screen, not a 5.9 inch glass. And a few months ago, a GFX benchmark test for Shamu showed the phone wearing a 5.2 inch display. Could it be that the Motorola Shamu aka Nexus 6 aka Nexus X actually employs a 5.2 inch screen? We might have to wait for the phone to be unveiled to find out for sure.

Nexus 6 runs through the CPU-Z benchmark test

Nexus 6 runs through the CPU-Z benchmark test


Thanks for the tip!

source: @r0fl via gadgetzarena

UPDATE: As pointed out by one of our readers, the 560 figure on the CPU-Z benchmark test is dpi, not ppi. So there is no mystery after all. The Nexus 6 will measure 5.9 inches. After all, why give a phone the code name of Shamu if it isn't going to be huge?

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posted on 09 Oct 2014, 02:42 12

1. MahmoudHamsharii (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


It's gonna be awesome if it's 5.2" screen.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 02:46 19

2. expertzero (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


No, it's not going to be a 5.2 inch screen.

ITS DPI, NOT PPI.....

Current phones and tablets are at 480 dpi. Basically, icons and stuff are going to look a bit bigger.

Its still going to be a 5.9 inch phone.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 02:54 15

3. Alan01 (Posts: 358; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Good point. I better eat some more carrots to help my eyes with the fine print.

Thanks!

Alan F.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 02:57 5

5. expertzero (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


No worries!

Just keep up the nonstop reporting :)

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 15:24 4

44. gdogcal (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


See! Why can't more forums & posts be like this?! PA makes a small error in getting news out quickly, a very knowledgeable reader comes along and makes the simple correction, thanks are given, and the reader nicely acknowledges the hard work of the publication.

Thanks for restoring my faith in humanity and the entirety of the internet here, expertzero, what a breath of fresh air!

Oh yeah, and I'm drooling over this phone, ok, that is all!

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 03:09

6. maverick786us (Posts: 148; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


I think, just like galaxy, they should launch a 5.2 inch classic and a 5.9 inch phablet

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 21:21

52. rnagic (Posts: 150; Member since: 13 Jul 2014)


Even if they did, they would probably give it like 1gb of ram a snapdragon 400 to force the phablet down your throat.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 03:13

7. Finalflash (Posts: 2795; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


No, google uses a standard set of dp for its phones. It wouldn't mess it up with another stepping as that would add more fragmentation and headaches for developers. The current set is shown below from the developer website and likely will remain that way.

A set of six generalized densities:
ldpi (low) ~120dpi
mdpi (medium) ~160dpi
hdpi (high) ~240dpi
xhdpi (extra-high) ~320dpi
xxhdpi (extra-extra-high) ~480dpi
xxxhdpi (extra-extra-extra-high) ~640dpi

It could be that it is a 5.2 inch device since that is what the new Moto X is and usually the nexus device follows a similar device by the same manufacturer in its features. Honestly, a 5.9 inch device would be kind of big even for a phablet so here is to hoping it is smaller than that.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 04:18 1

12. sashebalchev (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Sep 2013)


Aren't DPI and PPI interchangeable when we're talking about display density since the only output is via pixels which represent a dot (each) essentially? This is not a printed photo DPI and PPI where the confusion arrises. 150 PPI photo can be printed on a printer with 1200 DPI but still it's a 150 PPI picture. This cannot be replicated on a display.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 06:49

19. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1514; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


In pictures you are right, but Google has some "standard" dpis so the OS and the applications don't look weird, Then they are escaled from that standard ones to the real resolution.
Therefore there can be some differences.
"The Android system helps your application achieve density independence in two ways:
The system scales dp units as appropriate for the current screen density
The system scales drawable resources to the appropriate size, based on the current screen density, if necessary"
Source:http://developer.android.com/guide/practices/screens_support.html

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 06:58 1

20. Planterz (Posts: 2038; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


If you're rooted you can change your DPI with an app like Texrdoider or by modifying the build.prop file.

Basically, it's like your 1080P TV playing a 720P movie full screen or changing the resolution on your computer monitor. The resolution dimensions change, but it's still the same number of actually pixels.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 07:58

23. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Thanks you for the confirmation. I am really wanting the Google Nexus X or 6 to have the 1440p 5.9" screen. This phone is going to be so freaking sweet. I REALLY can't wait to actually SEE this device. Android L is going to be awesome & from what I hear the camera should also be very, very good.

For me this year it's either going to be the Google Nexus X/6, or the Sony Xperia Z3. To me those are the 2 most complete & unique phones of 2014.

To me the Note 4 is too similar to the Note 3, so that is why I am skipping it this year. The Note 5 should be insanely bananas next year though.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 08:20

26. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Well damn, I learned something new today. Thanks.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 10:12

39. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


good! i dont want to buy the note 4 i want to go back to some moto lovin

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 08:40

50. HoneyBadger (Posts: 12; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


DPI refers to printing and PPI deals with screens and monitors. Period. People and manufacturers(eg apple) have often misused DPI when they refer to the sub pixels which is just a misleading marketing boast.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 02:56 3

4. rbuljo (Posts: 27; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)


crap, actually got my hopes up that this was going to be a 5.2" device...

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 03:16

8. Zomer (Posts: 262; Member since: 31 May 2013)


This is the Motorola Moto S not the Nexus 6.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 03:30

9. galanoth (Posts: 425; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


You only get 23 GB of 32 GB?
9 GB for the OS?

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 04:25

14. gziegfrid (Posts: 33; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Devices doesn't really get its 100% storage capacity.

Mostly because of Pre-installed apps, Cache, OS size, drivers installed, etc.

Thats why.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 03:44

10. greenelektron (Posts: 530; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


If this is at 5.2", i will not get it because of my nexus 5 which has almost identical screen size. I'll have the nexus 9 instead.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 03:46 1

11. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2004; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


no SD card too bad for this nice specs ,..

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 04:22

13. gziegfrid (Posts: 33; Member since: 20 May 2014)


64-bit?

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 05:37 1

17. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


No, the Snapdragon 805 is not a 64 bit processor. Just be happy it's getting 3GB of Ram.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 09:40

36. hellonerds (Posts: 313; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Next year will get snapdragons 64 bits quad then octo 64 bits.. hopefully get wireless charging with it too.. my friends that work at Qualcomm are working hard on that.. they have quadcore 64bit ready and was going to be on the Note 4.. so next year will see 64 bit dragon on more high flagship devices. .

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 04:27

15. PANIC (Posts: 126; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Great comments guys.....but my opinion is that 5.2" will be a success.....5.9" will be a failure as it will be inconvinient.....size does not always matters :-)

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 12:06

42. ripp747 (Posts: 20; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Insert that's what she said here.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 05:35

16. 21babydoll12 (unregistered)


Interesting to see only 3cores are active on a 4core chip. Andriod 5.0 must be very taxing on ram too

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 06:30

18. rosenpin (unregistered)


Those images means nothing.
I can fake this in like 4 minutes probably even without leaving my phone.
You can't this kind of photos seriously.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 07:08 1

21. aparri (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


by simple math we can define that the screen size = 5.2"

x=sqrt(1440^2 + 2560^2) = 2937

PPI = 2937/5.2 = 564

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 08:31

29. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


DPI /= PPI.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 09:12

34. penguyen25 (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


Why didn't you use 2392 instead?

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 07:19

22. Ziggy (Posts: 79; Member since: 03 Oct 2014)


I can't see Google putting out a phone with a 32-bit chip at the same time is launching Android L. This might not be the Nexus 6 at all.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 08:29

28. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Good point. But they had ART an option on phones for how long now and it's still not a default on any device?

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 09:09

33. Ziggy (Posts: 79; Member since: 03 Oct 2014)


It would still feel half-hearted in some ways, just my opinion.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 09:42

37. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


No, I agree with you. The Nexus line should be the showcase phone. It should promote the core OS and all its features.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 08:00

24. silencer271 (Posts: 254; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Most leaks by this website I ignore now when they called the verizon new droid the nexus 7 and said aluminium wasnt metal.This website wants to say first on so much stuff but cant get their facts straight.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 08:14 1

25. EnigmaticPsychotic (Posts: 62; Member since: 26 Nov 2013)


"After all, why give a phone the code name of Shamu if it isn't going to be huge?"

Simply to f**k with us.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 08:27

27. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


So... are we still under the impression that there are actually two phones with different branding? A Moto S and a Nexus X/6?

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 08:47

31. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


Yes. I think this is the Moto S. The Nexus 6 is a different device. I can't believe the author would say there is no questions anymore. Nothing is confirmed.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 08:46

30. Dogula (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Aug 2014)


I want the 5.2" personally. Just curious, is there any stats yet on how many people are buying the new iPhone plus (5.5") version vs the standard one? This would be a good indicator on how well a 5.9" Nexus would sell. Not an Apple fan at all, but at least they are giving the customer a choice.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 08:49

32. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


The iphone 6 plus has been more popular than anticipated. They actually had to shift production to produce more 6 plusses. 5.9 is still too big for most people though. If it can't fit in your pocket, it's not very practical.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 09:18 1

35. penguyen25 (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


According to most sources, I think the Nexus 6 (if it does have a 5.9 in screen) will still have a smaller profile than the iPhone 6+ even with a larger screen

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 09:49

38. SA_NYC (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


Given the high resolution, it will be interesting to see how the screen brightness and battery life are. I have an LG G3 with the same res, and it doesn't do well on either of those measures. Having read the Anandtech writeup on the phone, I believe the primary cause of both weaknesses is the resolution. I'd have been more pleased to see a boring 'old' 1080p res on this device.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 10:50

40. murron (Posts: 160; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


I'm thinking there's going to be two new nexus phones. A 5.2" inch one based on the 2014 Moto X and 5.9" based on the upcoming Moto S.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 11:21

41. Rapha.194 (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Sep 2014)


5,2 = MOTO X VERZION
5,9 = NEXUS 6

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 13:11

43. akaronin (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


To everyone saying the screen is 5.9''...

With a resolution of 1440 x 2560 (or even 1440 x 2392) and a DPI of 560... what is the math to get a 5.9'' diagonal ?!?!?!? What is the mathematical formula to calculate DPI !?!?
And why use DOTS per inch when talking about a LCD screen !?

If we use the formula to calculate PPI:

sqrt(1440^2+2560^2)/5.2 = 564 PPI

and

sqrt(1440^2+2560^2)/5.9 = 497 PPI

So I ask again, knowing the resolution and the DPI (!?) how do you guys come up with a 5.9'' diagonal !?!?!?!?

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 16:21 1

45. hypnoz (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


I was really looking forward to this phone in the 4.7-5.2" range. All these comments about 5.9" have me depressed since that is just too big for me, and I'm 6 foot, wear baggy jeans, and have long fingers, so I think I would be their target market. I have a friend with a LG G Flex that is 6 inches, and although it's fun to use sometimes for games and stuff, I can't imagine the average person is interested in a phone of that size. Everyone in my office makes fun of him and his phone. 6" phones are a very niche market, with only 2 people I know having them.

I really hope you're correct, otherwise I think this phone will be a Shamu sized flop of an experiment for google.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 17:10

46. akaronin (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


...but there is another question:

Where is the evidence that Shamu is a Nexus device ???

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 10:06

53. mac4best (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


oi62 . tinypic . com / veutw.jpg

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 17:53 1

47. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Please be 5.2. haha

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 20:03

48. gg555 (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


I just hope it has the four microphone noise cancellation found in the Moto X.

Noise cancellation has sucked on the Nexus devices since the Nexus One, with the great Audience chip. The Nexus S had no active noise cancellation at all. The Galaxy Nexus had something really bad, I don't know what it was. The Nexus 4 uses Qualcomm's inferior Fluence chip, as well as the Nexus 5 (bit it had some odd issues with cutting in and out at the wrong moment).

It's weird, the Nexus One introduced the world to the greatness of the Audience chip and amazing in call noise cancellation. Even Apple copied Google, putting the Audience chip in the iPhone 4. But since then it's been downhill. (Apple also dropped the Audience chip with the iPhone 5, for an in house solution that is really bad.) Only Samsun has consistently put the Audience chip in flagship devices.

But the four microphone noise cancellation on the Moto X is a first (perviously a couple phones had three microphones, and all the rest two). It sounds like it may be really good, based on comments I've read. Leaving this out of the Nexus 6 would be dumb.

posted on 09 Oct 2014, 22:45

49. tacjam (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Apr 2010)


I remember when NEXUS was leader of the pack! When the NEXUS ONE came out, no other phone could touch it. With these specs, the NOTE 4 will be just as advanced with an SD slot and a removable battery. Maybe the price will be like $299 to make it a bargain....my $.02

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 16:39

51. nottolate (Posts: 23; Member since: 01 Jun 2014)


If It's 5.9 inches I'm out. I really wanted this but that is too big. I've still got my N4 which is quite enjoyable still. Waiting on whatever is next or Moto Turbo.

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