At this point, if you are a fan and follower of Google’s Nexus line of Android smartphones, you know full well that the Nexus 6 is just around the corner. A new Google branded phone is a very exciting thing, but a decision needs to be made, should Google keep selling the Nexus 5?
The Nexus 5 is almost a year old now, packs a 5-inch range display and sells direct from Google starting at $349. What we know of the Nexus 6 so far promises a bit more premium of a phone, but more importantly, it will land firmly in the 6-inch display size segment.
On one hand, what we have here are devices that are tailored for different users in different pocket-size brackets. However, we also have two somewhat conflicting representations of what Google says Android should be. Enough talk, let’s bring out the competitors:
Weighing in at 130g, the 4.95-inch 1080p resolution Nexus 5 was built for Google by LG. Equipped with a Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2.26GHz, Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM, it may be a tad dated, for a flagship, but it is still a powerful device.
Rounding out the specs list, the Nexus 5 brings 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, 8MP rear camera, wireless charging for the 2300mAh battery and a selection of I/O and sensors including SlimPort, NFC, Gyroscope and even a pressure sensor.
Currently, and still, the Nexus 5 runs for $349 with 16GB and $399 with 32GB of internal storage, as is found straight from Google.
Oh, how I wish I could report specs with the same confidence as above. Alas, we must work from rumor and conjecture, at least until Google makes things official, hopefully this month. What we can report with confidence is that the Nexus 6 will come to us built by Motorola. The device was reported early on as Shamu, and has a size to match the name.
The Nexus 6 is to come with a 5.92-inch display running QHD resolution. Under the hood would be the Snapdragon 805 SoC with 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear shooter, 3200mAh battery that supports Motorola’s Turbo Charger tech and at least one version will come with 32GB of internal storage.
Supposed build materials will include some metal to enhance and compliment the typical plastics. Front facing dual speakers are a welcome update, otherwise, the early renders of the Nexus 6 show off a phone that I would easily mistake for a big brother to the new Motorola Moto X (2014).