Nexus X (aka Nexus 6) rumor round-up: features, specs, price and release date
At first, we were talking about a Nexus 6, a placeholder name that did the job done for the time being, but as more evidence started piling up, we started hearing more about a mysterious Motorola ‘Shamu’, a device uncovered in the Android Open Source Project’s code-base by Android Police at the end of July.
The Nexus X is expected to be a big fishIt was time to get excited: after all, Shamu is the name of the killer whale that has survived the most in captivity. Most importantly, it is a name of fish, and that is exactly what Google traditionally uses for its Nexus devices: the Nexus 5 was ‘Hammerhead’, the Nexus 4 carried the ‘Mako’ shark codename, and the Galaxy Nexus was developed under the ‘Tuna’ moniker.
In the meantime, our own inside sources spoke up, confirming that the 5.9-inch Moto-made Nexus is a go. The name? Nexus X.
Nexus X (aka Nexus 6) specs
The Nexus series is designed to be a poster child for the newest Android releases. The Nexus X is therefore here to showcase the best of the new Android L release, and to do so it needs a powerful hardware. Our insiders confirm that it won’t disappoint.
- 5.9-inch display with 1440 x 2560-pixel (Quad HD) resolution
- quad-core Snapdragon 805 system chip with CPU running at up to 2.7GHz
- 13-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilization
- 2.1-megapixel front cam
Why the huge 5.9-inch display? Since the Nexus is a device aimed at developers, it’d give a boost to development for phablets, plus it’s a perfect vessel for the new, Quad HD resolution, with benefits that could only be noticed on such a large screen. Since this is a fairly extravagant screen size, as wild as it sounds, we don't exclude the possibility to see a second, ~5.2-inch Nexus as well.
Interestingly, just like the Nexus 5 was a doppelganger of the LG G2, the Nexus X is also said to be ‘inspired’ by another phone: the yet unreleased Moto S. The Moto S is rumored to have the same, 5.9-inch display, and we might see it right before the Nexus X.
So why have two devices? Basically, it seems like the same Nexus 5 story repeats itself all over again: some issues with Verizon Wireless and the Nexus program might result in the Moto S being a Verizon exclusive, while all other carriers get just a regular Nexus X. Not just that, the Nexus X also goes by its Motorola XT1100 codename.
One thing we know practically nothing about the Nexus X, though, is its design. Google has changed the looks of its Nexus smartphones from the ground up practically every year, and this year again, we expect a surprise.
Snapdragon 805: 32-bit's swan song
Nexus X Geekbench results
Dual speakers, finally
Motorola-made, all cool Moto features coming to Nexus
The one crucial turn of events that seems to have made the Motorola-made Nexus X possible is the sale of Google’s Motorola Mobility unit to Lenovo. Ever since Google acquired Motorola Mobility for its patents and more for a whopping $12.5 billion, the company seemed to be afraid to go on a full-on offensive with Motorola smartphones in fear of being accused of preferential treatment by other Android vendors. True, it launched, the Moto X flagship last year with some great software features, but purposefully or not, the Moto X seemed inferior when compared to other flagships in pure specs.
This year’s sell-out of Motorola to Lenovo seems to have untied Google’s hands: it is now expected to implement all the cool features from the Moto X, like always-on voice recognition and active notifications, into the Nexus series.
Android 5.0: the L release, or Lemon Meringue Pie?
Google unveiled the new Android L release months ahead of its launch to prepare developers for the huge changes coming in L: 64-bit compiler and the new ART runtime. It unveiled the new version of the operating system so early, it seemed even the company itself was not yet decided on the sweet treat to inspire the L release.
The latest leaks from multiple places reveal that Android L will indeed be a huge release with the following number and name: Android 5.0 Lemon Meringue Pie (LMP). We’ve earlier heard from sources that Google had also been considering names like Lollipop, but LMP seems like the more likely name at the time of this writing (hey, and Lollipop might sound a bit cheesy to some).
Nexus X (Nexus 6) release date, price and carriers
All in all, it’s hard not to be excited about the Nexus X: it’s the first phablet-sized device in the series and it’s immensely powerful, plus it will run Android L right out the box. Google, however, seems committed to its politically-correct ways of not overhyping the Nexus series (trying not to upset other phone makers), and we would not be surprised if it did not even hold an event to officially unveil the Nexus X. In fact, that’s exactly what happened with last year’s Nexus 5 - a press release and a quiet launch on the Google Play Store.
And while the lack of noise won’t do much to popularize the new Nexus, we expect Google to make up with immediate availability. Just like last year, we expect to see the new Nexus arrive right in time for Halloween, on Friday, October 31st (but hey, it’s not set in stone, so Google might surprise us!).
In the best Nexus traditions: much more affordable than other flagshipsLast, but not least: the Nexus X will continue on the noble tradition of being priced very affordably. Leaks show that it will come in a starter, 32GB version going for €419 ($419), and a 64 gig model for €449 ($449). Those are all full retail, off-contract prices. As we mentioned earlier, Verizon Wireless might be the only one of the carriers not to get the Nexus X, but instead have a largely equivalent Moto S. AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile are likely to all have it in stock, but of course, the first stop for shopping for Nexus would be the Google Play Store.
Nexus X leaked images
2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4336; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
It doesn't matter what you think. Didn't you read Michael H.'s article?
Here is the article just in case you missed it:
If this phone comes to Verizon Wireless I am SO going to get it. If not the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition will work just fine!
24. techspace (Posts: 767; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
Don't say that....nexuses have always been consumer friendly, it's wrong to think that Google doesn't think about the regular users when they make the nexuses.
Nexuses are marketed as consumer oriented devices and there is a reason why developers options are not unlocked by default....and if nexuses are only for the developers and to highlight the latest trends in the android ecosystem, then why aren't all the nexuses updated to the beta version of android L by default?
If the rumors are true, then maybe they want to make a nexus phablet this time because we already have nexus phones or maybe they will release two phones this year....there are rumors that a 5.2 inch phone will be released along with the phablet(i hope it's true).
30. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4336; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I was responding to the 5.9 inch as being overkill. If Google thinks it's ok to make a 5.9 inch Google Nexus X then who are we to say it's overkill.
Google has a LONG history of not listening to the consumer. They don't use MicroSD Card slots they haven't had removable batteries, I mean they make what the deem a Nexus should be.
They have NEVER catered to the consumer.
45. techspace (Posts: 767; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
They do listen to the consumers...there are many phones without removable batteries.
I have given enough reasons in my first comment to prove that nexuses are also for the consumers and it's wrong to say that the consumer doesn't matter...
58. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 909; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
That's what people said about the Note....it was too big This will be a success, and if this is in fact going to be 420.00 for 32 gigs I will be ready to buy. I never filled my 32g Nexus 5 so I really won't really care to go for the 64g version.
I will see when it comes time to buy decisions decisions, this or the Note 4. Fast software updates has me going for this even though I was all geared for the Note and it's software suite. I like the software updates for future features of pure Android without having to wait!
I never thought that the software upgrade path would have such an impact on my decision to own a phone outside of screen size, and current CPU specs but it does.lol
If this is too big for you don't buy it......my niece AND A LOT OF OTHER WOMEN ROCK THE NOTE SERIES PHONES!
64. eldyagustius (Posts: 146; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)
Your comment was right. But one BIG question that I want to argue with Google or anybody else which said that Google doesn't really matter with consumer. In my country, when you bought Nexus 5, they 'll give you KitKat gift pack which contains nexus 5 t-shirt, hardcase, KitKat doll, keychain, and of course a KitKat bar :)
Is it addressed for developers? I don't think the developer will need that gimmick. It's clear that Google tried to gain end-consumer interests.
66. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)
That's why consumers want it so bad. It's sort of the Soup Nazi approach.
27. AfterShock (Posts: 2900; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Whoa, they make a Note DE?
How does that fit into the forced Google doesn't give a crap about what we want in size article?
28. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4336; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Yes they do. there is a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Developer Edition on the Samsung website.
29. AfterShock (Posts: 2900; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I did not know that, thanks.
Ok, then where does this developer deficiency fit in as some are bandying.
If there is a large screen unbloated DE, that kind of pokes a large hole in Michael's post of that the large screen is for the devs an too bad for users?
31. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4336; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Motorola also makes Developer Edition Phones... The Moto X has a Developer Edition. I think the Developer Edition exists for the Hardcore Android Root Community.
33. AfterShock (Posts: 2900; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I hear you,.
though do you see the issue of Michael's post now that Devs needed a big screen to dev for an so what about consumers?
The only way I can see Michael's posting holding water now is if the new Nexi has a 64bit chip in it being different from the DE Notes.
38. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4336; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Developer Edition Phones are not anything new. The Google Nexus line is the ORIGINAL Developer Edition Phone.
46. michaelny2001 (Posts: 27; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)
it should matter what we think... in fact, without us consumers, it's bankruptcy. Oh well, Google will learn the hard way, unless they have zero bezel and just screen. the LG G3 is big enough to keep in the pocket. Can;t see a 5.9 in my pocket.
65. troutsy (Posts: 281; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
Google could produce 100 million Nexus X phones, not sell a single one, and would still be nowhere near bankruptcy... Do you know what they actually sell?
49. steodoreben (Posts: 134; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
Google Nexus 5 is the best looking Nexus smartphone IMO. Better than those of Nexus smartphone devices manufactured by Motorola and Samsung. *sigh
68. b0wzer (Posts: 41; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
I love my Nexus 5, but stereo speakers and a bigger battery would be a welcome upgrade.
72. gg555 (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)
Did you read the article you've linked to? The premise of it's argument is based on the assumption that the Android Silver program is where Google is targeting consumers, not with the Nexus line targeted at developers.
Of course, subsequently it has been confirmed that the Android Silver program has been cancelled, so that basically undermines the premise of the argument in that article. Even at the time the article was written, it did not make sense, because the rumor was that Google was going to cancel the Nexus program and replace it with Android Silver. So it can't have two programs for different markets, if the plan was always to cancel one of them.
It may be true that Google cares more about what makes sense for developers than consumers. But the logic of that article does not add up and prove the point at all.
What's more, the article argues that the Nexus line tragets features that are popular, so developers can develop for them, hence the need for a phablet Nexus device. But the Nexus X apparently will also have features that aren't popular at all, like active notifiations and OIS (indeed OIS is becoming less common, not more common); these are features, for which developers may not especially need to develop. So the argument also does not make sense along those lines.
I think the truth is that the Nexus line is both for developers (as a reference device) and hardcore Android fans, who may not be a big market, but they are the people who most advocate for and create buzz for Android and have an outsized importance. They also experiment most with the world of custom ROMs, creating a proving ground for ideas that often later make their way into stock Android.
There is also the obvious answer that despite the outcry by many (including myself) who hate the idea of a 6" screen, there are also a lot of consumers who like phablets and may want a Nexus phablet, so it's not an anti-consumer move at all.
6. surethom (Posts: 316; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)
Typical non Helpfull answer. Nexus phones have always been for the majority & this screen size is alot of people but not the majority.
9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4336; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
You are so WRONG! READ my post 2.
You are taking them crazy pills again huh?
11. Orion78 (Posts: 25; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)
Just responding to the typical crying about screen size. Get the x+1....it will be good enough for your girly hands.
40. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
WRONG. Nexus phones from the first edition were geared towards the developer or enthusiast - running bare bones Android.
8. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
For you. Id take it. I dont have problems handling large items.
20. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 306; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
An overkill, yes, but I will probably buy one anyway.
44. rkoforever90 (Posts: 89; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)
if it has a footprint of note 3 no its not,
50. yahia_malka (Posts: 102; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)
With QHD and 500+ ppi will be overkill for a battery , except if it was 3500+
3. surethom (Posts: 316; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)
5.2" screen is the main screen size I hope they is a second nexus 6 recent polls shows around 5" is the ideal preferred screen size for the majority. Alot do like pallets but majority want a large but usable sized phone.
7. Orion78 (Posts: 25; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)
You can throw those recent polls out the window because it doesn't mean jack.
5. Elusivellama (Posts: 27; Member since: 26 Aug 2014)
It was time to get excited: after all, Shamu is the name of the killer whale that has survived the most in captivity. Most importantly, it is a name of fish...
A whale is not a fish. And if you want to be technical, a 'killer whale' / orca is actually a dolphin. A very large dolphin.
12. Elusivellama (Posts: 27; Member since: 26 Aug 2014)
Fail on who? Look at the quote, its from the article.
43. Dorendro (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)
"Shamu" means black animal (Sha- animal; mu- black); which means elephant in our language. ?:-)
Oh... India, one of the northeast states.
13. Wildmanfan (Posts: 238; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)
As far as I'm concerned, if this can rival the Note 4, then I'm going to get it. All I want is a fast processor and front facing speakers. And I'm leaving Screwizon to go to T-Mobile. Can't wait. Literally!
15. Commentator (Posts: 2469; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I'm on the edge of my seat, waiting for the news to break that someone who goes by Wildmanfan has been apprehended for breaking in to the Motorola factory in an attempt to steal a Nexus 6.
At press time, he was heard commenting that he did it because he "literally coudn't wait!"
14. Commentator (Posts: 2469; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Interesting, I'm but a little disappointed they're releasing it with an 805 instead of just waiting until the 810 becomes available. Why would Google's next flagship be 32-bit when Android L is supposed to be the dawning of the 64-bit era?
Anyways, unless Google surprised us with a 64-bit Nexus phone, I'll probably be sticking with my N5 and picking up the rumored HTC Nexus tablet instead.
21. hellonerds (Posts: 265; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
Yeah 64bit is future proof. . I will be bum if note 4 is a 32bit ill stick with my note 3 or get the nexus for a change. . Announce 64bit support but no hardware to back it up..
25. AfterShock (Posts: 2900; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I am thinking very similar.
I believe Google will slip it under the radar (810) as not to scare people away from OEM wares before the Nexus is actually released to the wilds.
Then, all bets are off once it's announced.
This may steal the limelight from the N4 if it's similar in size an packs a 810 under her skin.
32. AfterShock (Posts: 2900; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I guess I am alone in my suspicions.
Well, i can admit when I am wrong where shown, and time will tell.
34. Commentator (Posts: 2469; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I'm not suspicious simply because I don't think the 810 will be ready in time for an October launch.
I am curious as to why they can't make a phone with a Tegra K1 though, like the Nexus tablet is rumored to have. Is it an issue with radios? Power consumption? Both?
36. AfterShock (Posts: 2900; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Space through thermal constraints.
Just like ipads, they can spread the heat out over a larger area avoiding thermal ceiling that handsets suffer from.
53. nathan.carter (Posts: 353; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)
But if it has the lining of vents on the side like the droid DNA cooling wouldn't be an issue. Yes I said droid DNA. Lol
42. Suo.Eno (Posts: 203; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)
Thing is moving forward we don't need that SD810 firepower >right now
48. YourNickname (Posts: 126; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)
The 810 could be ready by oct 31st.
805 has been out for a while in korea. 3-4months.
Qualcomms also been quiet, most likely prepping 810.
64bit system with a 5.0.0 number system and a new design seems like a pie with a piece missing without a 64bit chip.
They could always just slap a underclocked 64bit tegra k1 in there to meet the thermal ceiling, or with a chasis of 5.9" even put im a heat sink. Likewise, its easier to just implement heat throtling like the lg g3.
Or this could all be just wishful thinking from me.
17. hekoheko (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Aug 2014)
I'm not sure why, but all these Nexus speculations are making me sick.
There's not gonna be anything innovative in the Android space this year.
I'm gonna try the iOS world with the iPad Air 2 and see if iOS is as bad as everyone says.
19. Commentator (Posts: 2469; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Sick enough to make you register as a user and post about it, apparently.
Anyways, I tried iOS for a couple weeks on an iPad mini Retina last year. It was fine, but nothing innovative enough by comparison. I ultimately left because it didn't really bring anything that Android was missing, and it didn't make any sense for me to have to repurchase apps I already had bought for Android. Also, iOS's new design is a step back from their previous ones, IMO.
22. hekoheko (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Aug 2014)
Well I've been reading these PA arcticles since Nexus 4 and finally decided to register. :)
I don't really care anymore about what operating system my devices are. As long as I get to enjoy Google's many services. So iOS might be ok for me.
But since this is a Nexus related article. I would like to see a premium Nexus. With best possible hardware, especially camera.
26. Commentator (Posts: 2469; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Yeah, I'd like a nice camera too, never really had one. I've gone from HTC Diamond > HTC Evo > HTC Evo LTE > Nexus 5.
39. hekoheko (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Aug 2014)
I'm also hoping that the new camera API makes Nexus 5 results better. The raw shooting mode should bring better results. And the "new" HDR+ mode which captures 120mb of data under one second to compile the final image.
But nothing can replace a good sensor and optics.
18. wreis (Posts: 16; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
My wish is 6" i want replace my T2 Ultra for this moto nexus.
23. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1644; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
5.9" and a Nexus, this will seriously be a contender with the Note 4 for my wallet
41. ronaldramsayii (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Mar 2010)
Agreed. I think that's the route Google's going with. I mean think about it... iPhone 6 is set to have it's own Phablet. The trend shows that people are pursuing phablets. I have a Note 3 and probably will be getting a Nexus 6, given it is 5.9".
Having a phablet eliminates the need for me to want a tablet, instead I'm getting a Macbook (my preference). Samsung's coming with a Note 4, Apple with their own, and other OEMs are catching on. I don't see an issue with 5.9", but that's just my preference.
I'm all for the Nexus 6, especially if Samsung fails to optimize or lighten up Touchwiz. I'm running AOSP on my Note 3 and it's running amazing right now...
47. Af1rPA (Posts: 146; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)
Google could care less about what ppl think about a 5.9" screen. They'll probably have only 1 front facing speaker on this phone bc Google likes to FK the people over. When was the last time Google did something good? I bet this Nexus will be filled with nothing by Google bloatware that noone will use.
Sadly, I'd probably still buy it.
51. marcusxv3 (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)
AGREED!!! Because like you, i also am a nexus fan... :/
PS: But if its not 64 bit, im out!
59. fzacek (Posts: 2103; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
As if Apple doesn't like to FK people over...
52. AlexGoh (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)
I still think it doesn't make sense.
Android L is to go for 64 bit. As far as I know Snapdragon 805 is not 64 bit supported.
Correct me if I am wrong.