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" QHD screen, Snapdragon 805 and Android L
"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 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 3220 mAh
  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat



127. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

now its not like im happy about rumors leading to htc again but im a lil upset. i should have just stayed the course. surprise me google you finally got me confused.

126. Dave.Weinstein

Posts: 30; Member since: May 07, 2014

Why exactly are you "thankful" that the screen is 5.2" instead of 5.9"??? Perhaps you should stick to reporting the facts and keep your opinions to yourself! The LG G3 is a prefect example of how a standard sized phone can have a 5.5" screen, and going up to 5.9" or 6.0" could easily be done without exceeding the size of the Note. There's no reason to alienate the half of your readers that actually LIKE large phones.

125. btuck123

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 28, 2013

Sold IF the battery is f***ing huge. With that processor and a 2K screen it really needs it.

124. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

found out what the nexus is realy based on.....The moto e. if google keeps the style of the moto e, then yes this is going to be a damn hot nexus device. i know i went a lil crazy about htc making the next nexus but i took a look at the moto e and its actually the perfect fit for a nexus device. 5.9 inches no. but 5.2 is a yes for me. moto e, first moto with front firing speakers. I think thier going for simple with this one, and i can dig it.

119. jgalvez21

Posts: 21; Member since: May 29, 2014

i hope there is a64gb version since they dont have microSD and this one have decent battery life

118. JakeH

Posts: 89; Member since: May 01, 2014

hope this is more accurate than the article saying the phone has a 5.9 in QHD display w/ snapdragon 801 processors

117. HarryWild

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

No pictures of the Motorola Shamu aka Nexus 6 as of yet! Only artist renditions of it!

122. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Look up the nexus+ here on phone arena.

115. HarryWild

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Let all hope that Google gives the Nexus 6, to Verizon only (exclusively in the U.S.) For 12 months. That should make all the geeks go crazy; since it is still unlocked the LTE frequencies but it will not function full on other U.S. Carriers. lOL.

116. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

you suck. that would be horrible. and google would loose alot of money going that route.

123. HarryWild

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 18, 2012


112. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Look me up on google plus. HTC + Google = Nexus ONE Shona/Shamu= M8 Shamu + Motorola = confusion the meaning of shamu is the answer to the maker of the next nexus. moto is not that manufacturer. HTC will make the next nexus. look up the meaning of the name shamu and you'll finally have some understanding. google is good but it all leads to the HTC ONE M8 that will be released with a 5.5 QHD screen, snap 805 processor, 3ghz, 3gb of ram, and the next generation of boomsound speakers. along with the new android L, this will be the best nexus phone for a long time comming.

107. NationGuettaTR

Posts: 38; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

Worth to wait. Change in plans G3 can hold there if these specs true will surely buy new nexus!

106. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Finally moto is out of the picture. They're releasing the moto x+1 And g2. So it only leaves ONE.... HTC NEXUS ONE WILL BE REVEALED SOON. JUST WAITING.......

97. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Finally, the OnePlus One killer I have been waiting for. This new Nexus will be mighty and powerful, fully capable of killing mythical, rarely sighted, creatures such as the OPO.

103. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

The OnePlus One bezel makes the phone larger than it needs to be. A 5.2" phone with very little bezel and lots of accessories would be the sweet spot for me. I can not find a holster case for my OnePlus, yea I know it is a first world problem...

94. platformwars

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

While the phone has excellent specs.. But shouldnt the next nexus be with a 64 bit chip?? since they are shifting to 64 bit with Android L and Nexus is supposed to be the phone for developers and give you the best android experience? If google has introduced 64bit functionality then they should give us a 64bit chip as well.. or maybe they also think that implementation of 64bit is going to take about a year and they will introduce 64bit nexus next year.. Don't know.. but I'm in love with nexus devices.. i used to change my phones every 3-4 months before i got the nexus 4.. I've been so happy with the device that im with the same phone even after 18 months.. and still dont need to change it.. but most probably will once Nexus 6 comes out.

99. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Uh... from what I understand about 64bit, its only there to fully utilize ram upwards of 4gb, since 32bit can not. No hardware(ram above 4gb) and no apps(not even high end 3d games) to use 64bit means no 64bit yet.... probably not for a year till the snapdragon810/815 with 5+gb ram. Nexus cant be expected to use 810 in q4 2014.

129. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Sorry you're wrong. Its only supported by 4gb ram in a PC. But with everything getting smaller, I wouldn't put it past google.

131. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

A 32bit system can only address up to 4GB of memory. Anything above that is not addressable because it only has 4,294,967,295 addresses (4GB) available. 64bit systems have much more addresses available and can therefore address above 4GB of memory. A 64bit system "could" have improved performance with less than 4GB of memory because it "may" use 64bit registers and data pipes that would allow it to use and move larger data chucks at a time. Many factors enter into this whole area. These issues apply whether a phone, tablet, PC, mainframe computer, doesn't matter.

86. KenshinX

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Motorola Nexus 6... Could we be seeing Moto Maker for the new Nexus Line up????

85. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Hopefully Google has changed their tune on SD cards since adding the restrictions. Like the new Moto G. I'm writing this on a OnePlus One and 5.5 inches might be too big for me.

83. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Code name shamu, should be water-proof.

87. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Nexus phones are named after sharks. N4-Mako N5-Hammerhead N6- Killer freaking whale!

98. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

N3 - maguro (tuna in japanese)

75. eclectified

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

I hope this round of rumors is wrong. As much as I love my Note, I would sell it immediately for a 5.9" Nexus! Google, please don't bend to the will of skinny wearing hipsters. It's time to build a phablet!

71. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

They made a monumental mistake when they put QHD. They should've kept the 1920 X 1080 resolution.

100. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

You made a monumental mistake not comparing 1080p youtube videos with 1440p youtube videos(update required) on an s5 vs g3 at your local phone store. Hell just go to desktop wikipedia on a g3, fine print=normal print. On a 1080p= blurry fineprint.

66. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Tell me I can still download Moto SMARTACTIONS for this...

59. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Sold if it's 5.2 inches. The 5.9 scared me. And thank god suck TC isn't making it.

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