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

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

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Nexus 6
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3220 mAh(24h talk time)



1. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011


32. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

With the Tegrak1, would've been much better.

36. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

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

70. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 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

43. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

128. thartist

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 14, 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.

74. naittosan

Posts: 240; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Now this is nice, Sammy watch and learn.

113. cybertec69

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

How so, please elaborate.

76. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

I'll buy one if Shamu is waterproof.

95. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

102. Siapaya

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

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

104. ChazzMatt

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 26, 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.

108. gg555

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

111. Mobilephile

Posts: 166; Member since: Nov 25, 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

2. register unregistered

Hope 64 GB version is made.

29. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

44. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

54. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

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

3. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 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.

4. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

38. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Me too!

101. Webmutation

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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

109. gg555

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

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

5. bagou01

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 20, 2013

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

9. register unregistered

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

15. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Quit wearing skinny jeans and it will fit easily.

21. givemespecs unregistered

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

35. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

Quit Screaming when u CAN'T digest Truth

93. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

Great, then buy a different phone.

27. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 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).

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