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Rumors by Luke Jones on Thursday September 25, 2014.

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The mock up
The mock up

Motorola has had a busy September with the roll out of the new Moto X and Moto G smartphones, while the Moto 360 smartwatch has also landed of course. However, the company is not slowing down with a new DROID device on the way and the collaboration with Google on the new Nexus smartphone. This device has been discussed a lot in recent times and is known as the Nexus 6 or Nexus X, depending on the source.

Motorola has been developing the smartphone under the codename Shamu and today the guys over at 9to5Google have found out plenty of information about the handset and even have an image of the casing. The good bit of sleuthing by the website revealed that the Nexus 6 will be a big phablet device and in terms of design will look a bit like a beefed up Moto X, the new 2nd generation one. It should be noted that the image above is a mock up based off a real device.

The design is a little worrying if this mock up is the finished look of the new Nexus. While the previous Nexus 4 and 5 built by LG have hardly been design triumphs, they have carried their own design language and looked different to LG's other phones. This gave Google truly its own piece of hardware and helped the consumer base realize the devices were Nexus and not just another LG. However, the Nexus 6 appears to really be just a re-tooled Moto X, complete with the metal strip front facing speakers, overall body shape, and even what seems to be a circle where the M logo usually sits.

I worry that this will just feel and look like another Moto X, albeit one with subtle changes like the volume button position and with a larger screen. I would prefer to see this differentiated from the Moto X and be a standalone Nexus, but it is worth saying that 9to5Google says that the design is not yet finalized.

In terms of specs, the Shamu/Nexus 6 will have a bump over the Moto X. The X has flagship hardware, but the Nexus 6 looks likely to land with cutting edge tech, including a massive 5.92-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad HD screen, 498ppi, a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 3 megapixel front facer. There will also be a 3,200 mAh and the device will of course be the first to run Android L. Storage is reported to be at 32GB, but it is possible that a 16GB variation will also be offered, there is no word on microSD expansion just yet.

Here's the thing though. Motorola is also said to be working on a phablet device that will sit in its own range of Moto devices. Could it be that 9to5 has uncovered that handset instead of the Nexus 6? With its huge screen and more than a passing resemblance to the Moto X, it is at least possible that this is a Motorola device and we have yet to see the actual Nexus 6. Certainly previous reports of the Nexus handset pointed to it having a 5.2-inch screen and a 12 megapixel camera, while all the other specs were the same.

We have heard recently that the HTC built Nexus 9 tablet is ready for launch and will be landing sometime in October and today reports say that the Nexus 6 will follow suit. That means we will not have to wait long until we know what Motorola and Google have cooked up, with Mountain View likely to roll out both products at the same time. During that (as yet unannounced) event, Google will also officially launch Android L, the newest version of its mobile platform. Conflicting reports say that L will not roll out until November 1st, but this is probably because the smartphone, tablet, and software will be launched during October and will be made available from the start of November.

One thing seems clear, whereas previous Nexus devices have cut a few corners to reach affordable prices, these new products seem to be high end and packed with top shelf specs. What that will do to the price of the always value for money Nexus brand remains to be seen.

source: 9to5Google

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