Google’s Nexus 5 is almost a year old, and though there was concern that the company was ditching the Nexus program completely, assurances came at Google I/O that this was not the case. Recent rumours suggested the company was planning a 2014 flagship Nexus phone in collaboration with Motorola and codenamed Shamu. Previously referred to as the Nexus 6, it looks like Google may ditch the numbered naming convention we’ve seen with the last couple of Nexus phones and go with ‘Nexus X’ for 2014.
Phone Arena reports that the device will be Motorola-made and that Google is planning a “secret launch” for the device around Halloween. The Nexus X name isn’t set in stone, but it’s what the phone is being referred to as internally and will “likely” be the final product name. The device is said to feature a 5.9-inch screen, which we’d heard before, but Phone Arena’s sources say we can also expect a 2560 x 1440 resolution, as well as a Snapdragon 805 chipset with a 2.7 GHz CPU, a 13MP camera in the back and a 2.1MP camera in the front.
If these specs are legitimate, this would be the largest Nexus phone to date. It would also be the first time a Nexus phone has broken the 5-inch barrier. The display on the Nexus 5 was rumoured to measure 5.2 inches but ended up at just 4.95 inches. The specs above aren’t unreasonable when you consider the competing flagship phones that have already been announced, along with the specs of the Nexus 5 (Snapdragon 800, 4.95-inch display, and an 8MP camera). About the only thing that seems a little out there is the screen size.