WSJ: Google's 5.9-inch Motorola-made Nexus will be launched this month

WSJ: Google's 5.9-inch Motorola-made Nexus will be launched this month
The Wall Street Journal today is reporting that Google will launch a 5.9-inch Nexus smartphone sometime later this month. Of course, this is what we’ve been hearing for quite a while now, so the report is far from being surprising - but it’s still good to see more reliable sources confirming the arrival of a new Nexus.

As mentioned many times before, the upcoming device - codenamed Shamu - is manufactured by Motorola, and will be the most advanced Nexus handset yet. Its 5.9-inch display will have 1440 x 2560 pixels, while other features should include a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 12 MP rear camera, and a 3200 mAh battery.

The WSJ has it that Google also plans to launch the latest version of Android - Android L - at the same time with the new Nexus (which, by the way, might look like the device seen above next to the Apple iPhone 6 Plus). Back in August, we told you that the name of the new smartphone would be Nexus X, not Nexus 6, but it remains to be seen if that’s the case.

It’s not clear exactly when Google will unveil the 5.9-inch Nexus, but we heard that it may happen on October 15, or October 16 (that’s next week!). Prices for the handset may start at $419. We'll be here to let you know more about this as soon as new details are available.

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  • 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)

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37 Comments

1. Bridgep0rt

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Wish this phone was 4.7 - 5.2 inches.. 5.9 is 2 much, not everyone wants a phone/tablet.

4. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

I think they'll release a 5.2 inch one and a 5.9 inch.

5. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

5.9 isn't as bad as you would think. I thought a 5.9 phone would be horribly unwieldy, but then I used the HTC One Max and it actually felt great in my hands. If this phone is made well with small bezels alot more people may end up liking it. But then again I do hope they release a 5.2 in version alongside a 5.9 in. Since everyone has different taste.

14. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It depends on the user. I got the Moto X 2014 because I didn't want a 5.9" phone and I wish that phone was a little smaller. I'm still using my Nexus 5 as my daily driver despite having the Moto X.

8. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

For the first time many years, I honestly am torn between three phones. First you have the Note 4 Second you have the iPhone 6 Plus And now Third you have this beast. I think I just might have to get this unlocked, 400 dollars for monster like this is a price that can't be beat.

9. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Ha! That's the same set of phones I'm contemplating

15. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

The Note 4 is a powerhouse with tons of multitasking abilities. A great back and front camera, good battery life, and amazing QHD super amoled display with the s pen. The iPhone 6 Plus is a beast of an iPhone many of us have been begging for for years. And now this device. A near 6 inch QHD display with stock android L and a beefy battery. It'll be the cheapest of the three and most likely the most future proof as well. Ugh....choices...choices.

16. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Good set of phones... I am quite intrigued with the Nexus (and that would be my run away winner in your list - as mentioned, great list.) The iPhone 6 Plus is very interesting, just because I've never messed with Apple and the screen real estate is finally caught up (or has human anatomy change? hehe) Just my added devices are the Lumia 1520 (when discounts hit) or when a successor Lumia is released (hopefully for the Lumia 1520.) I want a 5.5"+ screened phone. And Note 4 and LG G3 are my "alright phones" - imo, I disregard them if the Nexus is well made (which I am still iffy about.)

21. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

so many tradeoffs: - i phone 6 is just too big because of stupid finger print and bezels - note 4, only downside is touchwiz which is a non-starter for me - shamu, will likely have a crappy camera, considering that only good cams come from apple and samsung

24. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Bezels yes, but the finger print scanner doesn't change the fact that they use a huge home button that takes up way too much space. I doubt they will change it anytime soon, but I do agree. It is insane how much smaller the LG G3 or even Note 3/4 is compared to the same size or smaller iPhone 6 Plus. But it is something many people can overcome as it's display is fanastic. Judging based off of reviews, even PA's, the new touchwiz is better than ever and without any hiccups. Plus all the features and multitasking make TW worth having. Though even I have to admit, it needs a desperate make over. HTC Sense and even LG's UI looks much better.

10. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Im good at 5.9". But im not getting this yet, my n5 is just 6months old. Waiting for nexus 9.

2. Qbancelli

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

Dud! we have known this for months.

3. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

If that price is real this could be a great deal for such high specs.

6. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

where is 21mp rear cam?

7. newbey123

Posts: 701; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

5.9 is good size sense they kept the body fairly compact. Definitely interested to pick this up.

11. Rapha.194

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

The battery will be a problem again in the NEXUS line If it was 5.9 with full HD resolution already would have my doubts. But with qHD resolution'm sure will have little autonomy in SCREEN TIME. Can be excellent in stanby ... but with the screen turned on (screen time) will be similar or worse than the LG G3 which has 5.5 inches with qHD resolution and battery 3.000mah Can be SURE! I would love to know why GOOGLE NEXUS makes all phones with bad battery autonomy.

12. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Killer specs. I hope there will be a wide angle front facing camera.

13. Arron12

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

MoTo Nexus 2014

17. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

This will be the first Nexus I don't pick up, mostly because of the size. The fact that it is Motorola hurts it even more because I have never had a Moto, or a Nexus for that matter, that had a good camera.

20. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I think the camera on the Nexus 5 is pretty good. It's first Nexus phone that I'm not afraid to take a picture with.

23. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It was the best of the bunch, but still not as good as the 5S, S5, or top Lumias.

33. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Well, relative to the top line phones, the Nexus 5 has a poor camera. My older Lumia 925 (which is a 9xx series) is a LOT better. So much so that I'd dare to compare the Lumia 820 to the Nexus 5... Compared with my brothers Lumia 521, it's a great camera!

18. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Not sure how I feel about the price... Really would dislike for it to hit $419.99. Motorola build quality is pretty good, but a little suspect. And the device needs to improve on battery and camera performance. I don't know... screen size and processor look to be a power hungry duo (coupled with Android L.) Will keep an eye out.

19. aboudo_o

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

My almost 1 year old nexus 5 still feels NEW but I will get this device although I still love n5 and I still have a nexus 7 2013.. I will get this and I will get the nexus 8/9.. I don't mind a 5.9" in fact I think it's perfect, small bezels, Android L, Great graphics and battery.. and it's a nexus and that is enough for me!! I WANT ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

22. blitzkreig

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

Lol.. If the 5.5" ip6+ still looks slightly taller than the shamu which has almost a half inch extra screen diagonal Talk about antiquated bezel monster..

25. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

I pray the camera is great compare to other phones including new moto , oppp find 7. I've never owned a Nexus device. If this beast provides 5hours+ screen on time I'm definitely buying it

26. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I hope they'd put a large battery instead of useless QHD display....

27. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

QHD display won't be so useless when watching movies and videos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

31. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Yeah sure, tell me that when the device lasts no longer than 3 hours.

28. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

$419.99 for the base 16 GB MODEL (god forbid) is a rip-off IMO (considering it's a NEXUS!) I'd rather get a 64 GB OnePlus One Color OS w/c retails at around $415 !

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