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News by Luke Jones on Tuesday August 26, 2014.

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Is this the Nexus 6?
Is this the Nexus 6?

A new leak of the Motorola built Nexus 6 has revealed that the device will be the most powerful ever to have Google's branding, while it is also the most powerful Motorola has ever built. However, some reports today suggest the handset may get a different moniker, a one we are familiar with already.

The Nexus X, or Phone X as it has been known before is an almost mythical smartphone that has seemingly been in development at Google for years. I personally first caught wind of Phone X in 2012, but rumours of its existence had been around much before that. The device has been described as a game changer, combining the best specs on the market and the best software.

However, I have reached the opinion that Moto X never existed. How could it have? A device packing the very best specs and software and a game changer in 2012 would just be your normal handset in 2014. Instead, we should turn our attention to the Nexus 6, the next device from Google that will carry the company's Android message in smartphone form.

The Nexus 6 is thought to be in development, with American brand and former Google owned company Motorola building the product. Some reports are suggesting it will be called the Nexus X, but I doubt that as this Nexus will not be a game changer. That said, it is shaping up to be a jolly good smartphone nonetheless and could turn out to be the best Motorola has made and the best Google has been involved in at a hardware level.

A benchmark test on AnTuTu revealed that the Nexus 6 will be very powerful and on par with the upcoming line of smartphone flagships from rival companies. The device packs a 2K Quad HD 5.2-inch screen, 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and 13-megapixel camera.

As I said, pretty high end specs that should put the Nexus 6 at the top of the pile performance wise, while the device will of course be well ahead of the competition in terms of software. That's because the Nexus 6 will get Android L at launch, and ahead of rivals by at least a few months. The benchmark revealed an interesting, previously unknown, thing about Android L; it will come with the version number 5.0. Google has not previously revealed what the build number will be, and while this is far from official it is the best info we have had on the matter to date.

What we will be most interested to see with the Nexus 6 is whether it can maintain the brands reputation for affordable quality. The Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 packed some flagship kicks but were vastly less expensive than the true flagships, but that balancing act may be harder to maintain if these blockbuster specs are included.

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