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Motorola Shamu device shows up for benchmark

News by Luke Jones on Wednesday August 13, 2014.

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Motorola Shamu... what is it?
Motorola Shamu... what is it?

An unknown Motorola device has shown up on GFXBenchmark and arrives with a codename we have seen before "Shamu". That codename has cropped up previously through the summer and there seems to be a few possibilities as to what it could be, especially as it is running top end hardware like a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801.

Firstly, it is widely thought that Motorola is building Google's next smartphone, the Nexus 6. The follow up to the current Nexus 5 has been shrouded in secrecy, but we do know that LG (the company that made the Nexus 4 and 5) is not on board for the project. Motorola is thought to be taking the mantle and maintaining its close links to Google despite being sold to Lenovo by Mountain View earlier in the year.

The next possibility is that Motorola is working on a tablet, and that is what Shamu was first thought to be. There is every chance that it still could be the case as the American company has yet to weigh into the slate market and now could be a good time to do so.

The third option is that the Shamu device is a new DROID handset. Motorola is due to update its 2013 DROID line and has confirmed as much, while previous leaks have shown the handset is in the works. If the Shamu is a smartphone and not a tablet, it is more likely to be a Nexus than a new DROID, but nevertheless it is a possibility.

Motorola is going to have an extremely busy end to the year. The company is launching its first wearable, the much anticipated Moto 360 is landing before the end of the summer, likely with a big splash. Also before the fall Motorola will launch new versions of its Moto X flagship (the Moto X+1) and its budget heavyweight Moto G (the Moto G 2).

source: Android Guys

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