Rumors by Luke Jones on Tuesday September 30, 2014.
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There is little doubt that Google's latest Nexus products are imminent. The number of leaks of the Nexus 6 smartphone point to the rumoured October 16th launch date being at least in the ball park. We have previously seen some mock ups of the Motorola built device, a leaked production model, and of course plenty of stories about specs. Now Android Police has uncovered even more, including this render and detailed confirmation about the specs.Last week the Nexus 6 leaked and still carried some distinct Motorola motifs. I offered the possibility that the device we saw then was actually a phablet version of the Moto X smartphone and not the Nexus 6 at all. However, this new render seems to show that the Moto X homage has been toned down and that this handset is probably the Nexus 6 after-all. Sure, there are obvious hints that this design language came from Motorola's flagship device, but this is different enough to be a standalone product and the blacked out front is certainly very Nexus. For example, whereas the front facing speakers on the Moto X are all bling and silver, here they are black to tie into the general Nexus look we have become familiar with. If you were coming into this for a totally new aesthetic experience you will still be disappointed though, because changes or not, this is an up scaled Moto X. In terms of specs, it seems the Nexus 6 will have a massive 5.92-inch screen, making it the first phablet handset to carry Google's hardware branding. That display will be a Quad HD panel with a PPI of 496, while powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM. The rear lens will be a 13 megapixel snapper with all the trimmings we have become used to on flagships, while there is also a 2 megapixel front facer. Keeping things ticking along will be a 3200+ mAh juicer. This will be the first smartphone to be available with Google's new Android L platform and will in all likelihood be rolled out alongside the software. We get a hint of that in this render, with the shot showing a number of Google apps and the general stock look of Android L. Certainly, this seems to be the first Nexus device where Google has not taken any shortcuts. You may remember the Nexus 4 and 5 arrived with affordable prices, but cut a few corners that dropped them below flagship level. Yes, the design here is bland, but Google seems to be aiming this handset for the top of the pile, which makes me wonder what will happen to the price of the once affordable Nexus brand. source: Nexus 6