Nexus X render claims to show off the device and the new Google Apps folders

Nexus X render claims to show off the device and the new Google Apps folders
We've been hearing rumors about the Nexus X (aka the Nexus 6) for quite a while, and about one month ago, the rumors gave way to leaks from sources close to Motorola. As was recapped in our round-up, there is quite a bit of information out there about the Nexus X, including specs, and design. We have known for a while that it will feature a 5.9-inch display running at full QHD (2560x1440) resolution. We've also seen specs showing a Snapdragon 805, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, and Android 5.0. We've even heard that the design would essentially be like a scaled up Moto X

None of that is new information, and most of it we had confirmed through our source at Motorola, though a new report from Android Police is claiming that it can "confirm" these specs based on information from an undisclosed source. The only new additions to the specs info that we had is that the rear camera will have optical image stabilization (OIS), and the battery will be 3200mAh. AP is also saying that unlike the Moto X, the two grills on the front of the Nexus will be stereo speakers. There is also still uncertainty if the name of the device will be the Nexus X or Nexus 6. As we reported before, Google and Motorola were planning to avoid the Nexus 6 name because of legal issues related to Blade Runner/Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. 

But, the interesting part of the report is a render of the Nexus that AP put together, apparently based on a description from the source. As expected, it looks like a big Moto X with the power and volume buttons moved lower on the body. The home screen is the interesting part, though. As usual, it is filled with Google apps, but there are some interesting changes. Alongside the Google folder is now a Drive folder, which includes the Drive app, as well as the companion Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps. Then there is also a Play folder, which seems to house Play Music, Books, Movies & TV, and Newsstand. The one piece that can't be so easily figured is the new messaging app logo. It could be that Google is changing the Hangouts icon, but Hangouts just got an update and is solidly in the green color theme, which doesn't make sense with this icon. 

There is still no word on pricing or release. Some rumors have put the Nexus phone release around Halloween again, and some are saying it could happen in mid-October. We'll have to wait and see. 

Related phones

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. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Release it already! Take my money!

48. engineer-1701d unregistered

i am 99.9% positive nexus x will be that big. 5.5 as biggest

55. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

My faith is with you. If the new one is 5.9, Im afraid I will keep my Nexus 4 for a while more.

59. alannyny

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

My phone has to share my shirt pocket with my sunglasses. 5.9 inches is a nonstarter. Pass.

54. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Dude you & me BOTH. The Sony Xperia Z3 is such a SEXY phone, but how could I say NO to a 5.9 inch 1440p Ultra HD screen with Stereo speakers & Android L, all with Goggle's blessing to root, & install CUSTOM AOSP ROMS! This phone is looking like a DREAM come true... I REALLY can't wait to see what Android L brings to the table!!!

2. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

That'll be useful. In school we're using Google Classroom and Drive for everything.

3. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

If it had a 5" screen I would definitely get it but at 5.9" I'm going to have to pass.

45. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

Me too. But our opinion doesn't matter, remember? I guess we just have to get used to the bigger (better) screen.

46. Mrmark

Posts: 416; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

I will hope that it can be on sprint network... Nice replacement for the HTC one max

4. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

That front looks sexy as hell.

44. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

so does the back in natural leather.

5. jteply13

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 03, 2013

My preference is between 5.5 and 5.7 inch screens!!

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Man, this looks like it'll be a nice phone. It could be that 2014 is the year that Motorola finally gets its sales mojo back.

7. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I better sell my Nexus 5 quick before they lower the price and launch this thing...

24. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

There's rumors of a 5.2" Nexus based on the Moto Droid Turbo, but those are mere rumors. It's also possible that they'll keep the Nexus 5, but change the storages to 32/64gb. In any case, the resale value of your Nexus 5 is definitely about to plummet.

8. astarling10

Posts: 25; Member since: May 12, 2014

looks great but I'm not sure about 5.9" screen. Hopefully it's a nice panel. Minimum storage going to be 16gb like the last couple of nexus phones or will they make 32gb the lowest size? I'd love to have this with 64gb or larger internal storage.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010


9. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010


10. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

i highly doubt google is gonna sell this at nexus price since it's essentially the same phone as moto x with better specs. the moto x just came out and and selling for $500. i guess android silver means they'd start charging more for their home-grown devices

20. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

Keep in mind that Motorola is in business to make a profit on their phones. Google is not. They make phones as a platform for their software. They will charge just a little bit over cost. This is why they don't advertise or have big parties around the world to promote their devices. They keep the costs down and sell for less.

40. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

I dont understand why google would cannablize the moto x, granted motorola would soon be part of lenovo, they are still the makers of the nexus x

21. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Yeah, this thing absolutely does not sound like a standard Nexus device, it sounds far too no-compromise for me to believe it. -S805? Expected. -5.9", QHD display? Established. -13mp camera? Not out of the realm of possibility. Then things get weird. Stereo speakers and a whopping 3200 mAH battery in a Nexus device? Seems VERY unlikely to me. For a normal OEM I'd expect $650 to be a "fair" price for this thing, maybe $500 from Google. Either way, it sounds like the short-lived days of the affordable Nexus are over.

32. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

Well considering the BOM is probably around $250. Google can still fit in a lot of specs for it's "non-profit" devices. In fact, Google actually makes some OK profit from the Nexus brand. I think they just don't knock out 10/10 specs because OEM's would be pissed obviously. Could you imagine if the Nexus X/6 released for $299 with perfect 10/10 specs... No one would buy anything else. So they force Google to charge higher ($419?) and leave out something (camera, battery, etc) to not kill the market.

61. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I think we're in agreement then. Android's OEMs are the reason I doubt the stereo speakers and the large battery, unfortunately it's not because Google can't fit it in the budget :|

53. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Nexus 5 had highend specs when it came out. i can't think of anything the Nexus 5 had compromised on except for the battery capacity (which was only 100 mAh fewer than HTC's flagship at that time). it may cost $50-$100 more, but that would still keep it in the "affordable" category, for a phablet at least.

60. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

It compromised in a number of places, starting with battery life. Yes, the M7 had a similarly sized battery, but it wasn't exactly leading the competition in terms of battery life. As an owner of the device I can say it's bearable, but far from great. Other notable downfalls include: -Mediocre display; 1080p and relatively color accurate, but you can see the actual LCD panel behind the glass if light reflects across it from a certain angle. -Camera, at that point 13MP cameras were established for high-end phones, Google opted for an 8MP shooter. -And the speakers are decent at best. I suppose it is affordable for a phablet, but affordable to the level that the N4 and 5 were? I don't think so.

11. TheFirm

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

This phone awesome, does it bend? Tehehe #bendgate igoat Droid for life

12. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

I bet they will fail with the camera. This thing is going to be loaded with google bloatware.

25. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It's a Nexus. Root it and delete the bloat.

57. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Root? Just disable

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless