If you think the iPhone 6 Plus is big, wait until you see Google’s next smartphone.
For months, we’ve been hearing that Google and Motorola were teaming up to build a new phablet. Now, we’re seeing multiple reports that this 5.9-inch phone will indeed be the Nexus 6.
A new report from tech blog Android Police, which has a pretty solid track record when it comes to reporting on upcoming Android products, corroborates leaks we’ve seen in the past few days.
Here’s a quick rundown of what we can expect from the Nexus 6 in terms of hardware:
- 5.9-inch 2560 x 1440 display with 496 pixels per inch (for a comparison, the iPhone 6 Plus has 401 PPI, and the Galaxy Note 4 has 515 PPI)
- 3,200 mAh battery (iPhone 6 Plus: 2915 mAh battery; Galaxy Note 4: 3,220 mAh battery)
- 13-megapixel main camera (iPhone 6 Plus: 8-megapixel camera; Galaxy Note 4: 16-megapixel camera. (Not that megapixels really matter))
- 2-megapixel front camera ( iPhone 6 Plus: 1.2 megapixels; Galaxy Note 4: 3.7-megapixels)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor (iPhone 6 Plus: dual core Apple A8 chip with 64-bit processing and M8 motion co-processor; Galaxy Note 4: 2.7-GHz quad core processor or 1.9-GHz octa-core varies between markets)
- Android L at launch
These specifications line up with what 9to5Google’s sources also reported last week, but Android Police’s report includes a few new details. The device’s camera will reportedly include Optical Image Stabilisation, which means the camera will be able to stabilise itself when your hands shake.
Android Police’s new leak also gives us an idea of what the phone’s home screen will look like. The website created a mockup based on the device it saw, which shows slightly redesigned app icons on the home screen. There’s a new folder for Google Drive apps, new icons for the dialer and messaging apps, and other small tweaks.
Take a look at what the purported Nexus 6’s home screen looks like compared to the Nexus 5’s. Notice how some of the icons looks slightly different. (The purported Nexus 6 is on the left, and the Nexus 5 is on the right).
In terms of design, Android Police reports that the phone will look like a gigantic version of the Moto X. It will feature the same metal edges seen on Motorola’s newest flagship. Here’s what Motorla’s Moto X looks like for reference:
There are, however, two things we’re not sure about when it comes to the Nexus 6. There’s no solid estimate for when the phone will launch or how much it will cost. Google unveiled the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat on Halloween last year, so there’s a chance we’ll see its successor debut around the same time this year.
Nexus phones are usually pretty affordable (the Nexus 5 was $US350 without a two-year contract; most flagships like the iPhone 6 are $US600-$700) so the Nexus 6 might be priced competitively too.