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Motorola Shamu aka Nexus 6 full specs leak: 5.2" QHD screen, Snapdragon 805 and Android L

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Motorola Shamu aka Nexus 6 full specs leak: 5.2
"Funny story" - that's how the saga about the Motorola Shamu GFXBench database leaks should begin. The handset is pegged to be an upcoming Google Nexus 6 candidate, but judging from today's revelation, it might also be one of the most potent flagships around when it lands, which is not exactly in sync with the usual Nexus line traditions. Yesterday, we posted the Shamu appearing in the offscreen Manhattan test database, flaunting scores commensurate with a Snapdragon 801 chipset, paired with a 1080p display.

After reviewing the onscreen test rankings, however, it was discovered that the Motorola Shamu is listed as having a 2392x1440 pixels display, which, if we discount the eventual soft keys strip space, works out to a display with the LG G3's QHD resolution. Still, the phone, named after a killer whale, keeps graphics scores close to those of handsets with 1080p displays, while the G3 with Snapdragon 801 and Quad HD panel scores much lower. Furthermore, the Korea-exclusive LG G3 Cat. 6 that sports a Snapdragon 805 processor, also scored lower than the Shamu, despite that it matches the high-res panel with an Adreno 420 GPU. Still, these are just preliminary test results, and both the onscreen and offscreen scores of the Shamu seem to match, so the test obviously isn't accounting for the display resolution here yet. In fact, we don't even need to guess what kind of a more potent processor will land in the Motorola Shamu, as in the meantime the specs info entries got fully populated in the GFXBench database, and you can see them in the slideshow below.

They show that a quad-core Snapdragon 805 will be running the show, clocked at the hearty 2.6 GHz. The Quad HD 1440p resolution got confirmed in the table, and we even get to know the screen size now - a 5.2" diagonal, which is, thankfully, a far cry from the 5.9" size bandied about before. We also get 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, and a 12 MP camera on the back, capable of 4K UHD video recording, plus a 2 MP front shooter. Needless to say, Android L is the operating system of choice out of the box. 

Breathtaking specs indeed, so we keep our hopes high that the Motorola Shamu will indeed transform into a Nexus 6, and will be announced together with an HTC-made Nexus 8 tablet on a separate Google event some time in September, as rumored. With these specs, both are shaping up to be worthy poster kids of the new Android L that will be hard to beat for the holiday season, so we can't wait for more info to trickle down the pipe.

source: GFXBench via TechTastic.nl

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posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:24 18

1. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1291; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Sold!

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 07:23 8

32. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


With the Tegrak1, would've been much better.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 07:44 9

36. hmd74 (Posts: 390; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


But with that, developers wouldn't like it :D

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 13:19 1

70. StanleyG88 (Posts: 106; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


There's always the contrarians, put a Cray 12 in it, a 90 inch 12K screen, roll it around on 4 wheels and it would have been MUCH better. Sheeezzz

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 08:05 6

43. Reality_Check (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Yeah, except with the QHD part. I don't care much for QHD display :S

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 23:43

128. thartist (Posts: 26; Member since: 14 Jul 2014)


Yeap, i hate the extra battery usage for no benefit. Bragging or being able to read microscopic text isn't gonna make my experience any better at that cost.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 15:39 1

74. naittosan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


Now this is nice, Sammy watch and learn.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 09:40

113. cybertec69 (Posts: 21; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


How so, please elaborate.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 16:42 3

76. timepilot84 (Posts: 97; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


I'll buy one if Shamu is waterproof.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 01:15 6

95. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3745; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Of course Shamu is waterproof. A phone named Shamu maybe not so much :)

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 05:58

102. Siapaya (Posts: 17; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


this is my dream phone :D i hope this phone pricing still like predecessor

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 08:59 2

104. ChazzMatt (Posts: 16; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Actually the Nexus smartphones ALWAYS have the highest end specs. No, not always the most megapixel cameras but CPU, GPU, RAM, display resolution/ppi always matches or beats what’s out there on the market.

The 2011 gen3 Galaxy Nexus was one of the first two have HD 720p display, and with a large (for that time) 4.65″ screen. Dual core 1.2GHz CPU with 1GB RAM. In late 2011 benchmarks showed it handily beat the iPhone and Galaxy S model of that year.

In 2012, the Nexus 4 had quad core CPU with 2GB RAM. Again, top of the line, beating the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3

In 2013, the Nexus 5 was one of the first phones (after the LG G2) to have the awesome Snapdragon 800. 4.95″, 1080p (which was standard by then), 2GB RAM. It topped the benchmark scores, matching the iPhone 5S and beating the Galaxy S4.

Google does it right. The only complaint is usually about battery size and camera megapixels. But to come in at under $400, you really can’t complain much. Of course after the 2010 gen2 Galaxy S (4.0"), there was no more SD card slots, but that was to improve performance efficiency. It's a design decision by the engineers. Still people complain about that.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 16:20

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


Don't forget that Nexus One, it was also at the front of the pack in terms of CPU.

And it was one of the first phones to have active noise cancellation, long long before the iPhone. It really popularized that feature. It also used the Audience chip, which is by far the best noise cancellation chip.

Bizarrely the Nexus S had no noise cancellation at all, the Galaxy Nexus had very bad noise cancellation, and the Nexus 4 and 5 have used Qualcomm's Fluence noise cancellation, which is okay, but nowhere near as good as the Audience chip.

So the Nexus One is still the best of the Nexus phones for noise cancellation and was way ahead of it's time. This regression in all subseuqent Nexus phones continues to by a frustration, for me.

Even Apple dropped the Audience chip, which they copied from the Nexus One by putting it in the iPhone 4, but then dropped it in the iPhone 5 for a very sucky in house solution. LG briefly used the Audience chip in some of their phones, as well as HTC. But they have both dropped it also. Only Samsung continues to consistently put the Audience chip in their flagship phones.

So, strange as it is, the Nexus One is still at the head of the pack for in call noise cancellation, as good as the handful of current flagship phones that still use the Audience chip, and way better than anything else.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 06:54 2

111. Mobilephile (Posts: 84; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


Darn! Was really hoping for a 6"......AAAARGgHh. How is this called Shamu when you have the Ascend Mate, Z Ultra, Mega, W? Catch up Moto

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:25 16

2. register (unregistered)


Hope 64 GB version is made.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 07:17

29. JC557 (Posts: 1164; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


They'd be stupid not to. It was idiotic of Motorola to not ship a 64GB version of the Moto X. Not sure what the reasoning was behind the Nexus series not shipping with 64GB with 32GB being the max.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 08:06

44. JC557 (Posts: 1164; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I meant to say that it was idiotic of Motorola not to ship a 64GB model initially or soon after the 32GB was released.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 09:50 2

54. bestmvno (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


Agreed. Especially when you are bumping up camera shooting capabilities (res) both for stills and video.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:26 5

3. Zomer (Posts: 79; Member since: 31 May 2013)


Great specs, the comparison of yesterday was also interesting, because it shows it beats the LG G3 (6 vs 10,7 frames) on the same hardware. So either the device is heavily optimized or Android L is just that much better.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:27 10

4. aayupanday (Posts: 528; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Really hoping that they finally get a Badass Camera in there.
Something like 1/1.8" sensor size and OIS+ with great low light capabilites.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 07:58

38. PryvateiDz (Posts: 63; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


Me too!

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 05:56

101. Webmutation (Posts: 6; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


We can only hope, but doubtful... plus the front shooter could be a bit better, they have to cut cost somewhere ;)

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 16:22

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


Yeah, I would really like to see OIS in the phone.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:29 4

5. bagou01 (Posts: 22; Member since: 20 Nov 2013)


Nooooo 5.2 Is just too big... The N5 barely fits my pocket already :(

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:31 16

9. register (unregistered)


Phones will get even bigger in the future. Deal with it.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:38 14

15. ckoch125 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Quit wearing skinny jeans and it will fit easily.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:48 15

21. givemespecs (unregistered)


Quit telling people what to do...we all have our own tastes and opinions!!

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 07:43

35. LoveHater (Posts: 164; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


Quit Screaming when u CAN'T digest Truth

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 23:50 2

93. TruPatriot (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2013)


Great, then buy a different phone.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 07:13 8

27. Tsoliades (Posts: 216; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


.2 inches isn't that much, especially when bezels can be reduced so drastically.
I was worried about it being a 6 inch phone lol.
Hopefully Google puts some consistency in their naming and calls it the Nexus 5 (2014).

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 10:15

114. ChazzMatt (Posts: 16; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


You want the SIXTH NEXUS PHONE be called gen5 (2014)? Majority of time, the Nexus phones are named after generation. NEVER about screen size. NEVER.

Nexus 5 is for gen5.

Nexus 4 is for gen4.

Nexus One is for gen1. The Nexus One was NOT 1" screen.

The Nexus 4 was NOT a 4" screen. Now, the gen2 Nexus S was a 4.0" screen. The gen3 Galaxy Nexus was 4.65". But the gen4 Nexus 4 was 4.7" -- almost 5", but it IS the 4th Nexus phone.

The gen5 Nexus 5 is 4.95", NOT 5.0". If Google wanted a 5.0" phone they could easily have had one -- just like Sony, Samsung, HTC have 5.0" displays. Google specifically wanted UNDER 5", at 4.95. It's the Nexus 5 because it's the FIFTH Nexus phone.

So the SIXTH Nexus phone will be the Nexus 6. Doesn't matter the size. End of discussion.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 07:25 2

33. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


I have the G2 and I wish it were 5" with the same thin bezels. Nexus 5.2" will be wider than the G2, and I was badly looking forward to the nexus

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 07:50

37. LikeMyself (Posts: 302; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


I think screen size doesn't matter, but the phone size is what matters!! The G2 fits great in my pocket! Even the One M8 as it's not wide (70mm) I think! The Z2 and S5 sizes are the limit for my pockets! Beyond that (G3), it's not comfortable at all! I mean how do you sit with a phone as huge as the G3 or S5!
To the others with large bangy pockets, there's something called stylish comfortable pants which most humans wear which do not have huge pockets compared to loose ugly pants that you wear! Except if you have a large body(no offence please! Sincere apologies if I hurt anyone) and hence you'll have pockets of size comparable to pants which can even fit a One Max!

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 12:15

67. JunitoNH (Posts: 985; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Seriously, are you a little person?

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 16:43 1

77. timepilot84 (Posts: 97; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


You're wearing the wrong pants.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 22:42 1

91. fzacek (Posts: 2222; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Be happy it isn't the originally rumored 5.5"...

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 16:23 1

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


By today's standards, 5.2" is small for a flagship Android phone. I'm just glad that it (apparently) won't be the monstrous 5.9" screen that was first rumored.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 22:26

121. DroidInMyPocket (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Put it in your pocketbook. ;) Or considering the size smartphones are trending maybe a smartphone fannypack will find it's way into future fashion,

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:30 4

6. Planterz (Posts: 1084; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I'd buy that for a dollar!

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:36 2

13. register (unregistered)


Idiotic post.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:45 11

20. Planterz (Posts: 1084; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Watch a movie or two and gain some cultural awareness.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 08:42

46. register (unregistered)


Not an English native.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 11:06

57. corporateJP (Posts: 1837; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Nope, guessing you must be a native of Headupyourass Land...

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 07:01 3

25. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 1193; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=i%27d%20buy%20that%20for%20a%20dollar

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 17:52 1

78. Planterz (Posts: 1084; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Jeez, I was just making a joke. I wake up and see I've instigated an international incident.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 20:59 1

88. register (unregistered)


LOL. But 'Stop speaking english' is far more idiotic post than what I made.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 22:18

120. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 158; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


You mean: a dollar with 3 year contract?

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:30 1

7. salaal (Posts: 108; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)


Give us a Snapdragon 805 Full HD 5.2" display 2GB ram 12MP/2MP combo Android L and A 2600 mAh battery price it for 349$/32GB and 399$/64GB.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 07:21 7

30. JC557 (Posts: 1164; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I'd think it would be best if the battery is north of 2800maH considering the display size.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 11:46 5

63. a_merryman (Posts: 718; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Agreed, 3000mAH would be perfect. Wish they did a 1080p amoled and added a fingerprint sensor and ir blaster instead of using a QHD screen. Or made it waterproof, really hope it is waterproof.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 15:22 1

72. Drsarcastic (Posts: 54; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


You just described the s5. (accept for the battery part)

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 15:36 1

73. a_merryman (Posts: 718; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Yeah, but I want moto's build quality and vanilla android with the ability to install moto's apps (the reason I want it amoled is for the notification style moto uses, otherwise I don't care for amoled). I don't like Samsung after my horrible experience with the original Galaxy S. Also, I mean a fingerprint scanner like the iPhone's...definitely not the swipe style on the s5.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 19:12 1

79. JC557 (Posts: 1164; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Motorola phones already have a water resistant nano-coating (which hopefully is still with them after being bought by Lenovo) so it maybe they took that a step further.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 22:07

90. a_merryman (Posts: 718; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


That's what I'm hoping. It would be awesome!

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 07:27 4

34. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


That's worse than what was leaked above. Why would you want worse?

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 11:39 2

61. murron (Posts: 60; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Because it would be cheaper and the lower res screen would result in better graphics/battery performance. My opinion is you don't really need more more than 1080p for a screen of that size.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 06:31 3

8. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


A leak is just a leak.... Hold your horses fanboys
Nothing is official until it's official

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 10:22 1

55. Flippyphone (Posts: 58; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


Ever thought about commenting on the article? Or are you just here to take pot shots at people?

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 01:17

96. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3745; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Lol. GG didn't take a potshot at anyone. There's just been so many fake leaks of late that people are wary of investing emotional energy in them.

posted on 13 Aug 2014, 11:46

64. Scott93274 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I said the same thing about Apple iPhone 6 the other day and people got all butt hurt. :P

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