Previously believed to be cancelled, the Nexus 6 keeps surfacing all over the place lately with more and more evidence pointing at the fact that it is well underway after all. Most sources suggest that this device is currently co-developed by Google and Motorola under the codename Shamu. The upcoming handset recently surfaced on AnTuTu complete with specs and operating system. A previous benchmark appearance hinted at a Snapdragon 801 chipset with Adreno 330 GPU, but it appears that we should expect something even better according to AnTuTu. Google and Motorola presumably want to equip the device with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084 processor, which is a quad-core Krait 450 CPU running at 2.64 GHz. The Nexus 6 will also sport the 420 GPU along with 3GB of RAM, 13 MP primary shooter and 2.1 MP secondary camera.
This is a pretty big improvement overs its predecessor, the LG Nexus 5. The popular device only features a quad-core Krait 400 CPU @ 2.3 GHz with Adreno 330 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. Google’s current flagship is inferior in regards to its cameras as well, featuring only an 8MP shooter on the back and a 1.3 MP on the front. In regards to the display, Motorola’s Nexus 6 is again an upgrade overs its predecessor as it sports a pretty big 5.2-inch panel with an impressive QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. By comparison, the Nexus 5 only features a 4.95-inch screen and 1920 x 1080 resolution. We also find out from the AnTuTu benchmark that Google Shamu will run on the upcoming Android L operating system, but this is hardly surprising.
The Nexus 5 currently runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat, but a Android L developer preview is available to download and try out on the device. We assume that the final build of Android L will already be released by the time Nexus 6 launches. We have no news regarding a possible release date, but Google will probably make a big fuss about it so we’ll keep our ears open for a possible announcement.