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Nexus 6 (Nexus X) release date, news, specs and rumors [updated]

Kris Carlon
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The Nexus 6, aka Nexus X, is a slippery little beastie. Long rumored, Google's refresh of the Nexus 5 was supposedly ditched along with the updated Nexus 10 but then Google confirmed that the Nexus line would indeed continue. This article will be updated as new information comes to light, but here's what we know right now. Update: We've added some more details on what to expect from the Nexus 6/Nexus X as well as some good news for fans of the Nexus 5.

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Many are thinking this image from the Android Twitter account is the Nexus 6. / © Google

Nexus 6 / Nexus X release date and price

The Nexus 5 was unveiled on October 31st last year and we know that the next iteration of Android, quite likely Android 5.0 Lollipop, is only a few months away. So it stands to reason that the Nexus 6, if and when we see it made official, will appear around the same time of year along with a new Android version to show off on it.

Last year's Nexus 5 saw a minor increase in price because the two models offered had higher internal memory than the Nexus 4. If the Nexus 6 arrives with 16 GB and 32 GB of storage then we may see the 349/399 USD price point of the Nexus 5, or if the Nexus 6 is offered in 32 GB/64 GB versions, then we can probably expect a 399/449 USD price tag. See below for more leaked details on pricing.

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If you still think the Nexus 5 is the duck's nuts, keep an eye on the Play Store. © Google

Update: Fans of the Nexus 5 should keep an eye on the Google Play Store because we're predicting in the weeks to come that the existing Nexus 5, which is apparently no longer being produced for Google, will go on sale to clear up some space over at the Play Store for all the new Nexus 6 boxes that can't be far away.

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Nexus 6 / Nexus X specs

The Nexus 6 will, of course, run Android 5.0, and be the first device to receive Android updates for the next 18 months. Considering Google's recipe of cramming the best possible specs into their reference device, the Nexus 6 will most likely ship with a quad-core Snapdragon 805 SoC clocked at 2.7 GHz, like the recently announced LG G3 Cat.6. The Nexus 6 will also likely ship with 3 GB of RAM and Adreno 420 GPU.

Considering Android L is the showcase for Android 64-bit chips and the Snapdragon 805 is not a 64-bit chip, we're interested to see how Google handles having a reference device that can't act like a reference device for the platform. No matter what else happens, we know the Nexus 6 will be running on the Android Runtime (ART), which pre-compiles apps for faster launches and better responsiveness and will make full use of Project Volta's battery enhancements to hopefully make up for the always unimpressive Nexus batery.

Update: After seeing the new Moto X and getting some weird answers from Motorola at IFA 2014, we're increasingly thinking the Nexus 6 will be based on the 2014 Moto X with a 2K display and much better specs sheet than that of the Moto X. Again though, the lack of a 64-bit chip has us thinking: has Google magically got its hands on enough Snapdragon 808's to supply its Nexus 6 stocks with? We'll just have to wait and see, but our fingers are crossed.

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The writing is on the wall: the Nexus 6 looks to be a 5.2-inch, Snapdragon 805 powered beastie. / © AnTuTu/GFXBench

Benchmarks on both AnTuTu and GFXBench are both showing Nexus 6 specs that seem to confirm what we've been predicting for a while: a quad-core Snapdragon 805 SoC clocked at 2.65 GHz with 3 GB of RAM, Adreno 420 GPU and Android L (until Android 5.0 appears). The interesting part of the benchmarks are that they show a 5.2-inch QHD screen: a display diagonal and definition we had been hoping for the whole time the 5.9-inch rumors were circulating.

A 2K display with Adreno 420 GPU is good news for the animations in Android 5.0, but the Snapdragon 805 is not 64-bit capable, which is one of the key features of Android 5.0. Other details in the benchmarks show a minor discrepancy in camera resolution: AnTuTu shows a 13 MP main camera with 2.1 MP front camera, and GFXBench shows a 12 MP main cam with 2 MP front-facing shooter. We'll have to wait and see which one proves to be true. 

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We're yet to discover what the Android Silver project means for the Nexus line. / © Google, AndroidPIT

Nexus 6 rumors: Android Silver

Where do we start? First the Nexus 6 was meant to be based on the HTC One (M8), then @evleaks claimed the Nexus wasn't being made at all – along with all other Nexus devices – to make way for the arrival of Google's new Android Silver project. The Silver Project is basically meant to be kind of like a combined Google Play edition/Nexus program, where major manufacturers build a device to Google's specifications and then slap stock Android on it. It will be like getting half a dozen Nexus devices per year, but the price will be that of Google Play edition devices. So while we get more choices, we'll also lose the beautiful low price point of the traditional Nexus. That is, unless the Nexus continues in the form of the Nexus 6.

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At least we have a good idea of what the new Android user interface will look like on the Nexus 6. / © Google

Nexus 6 rumors: manufacturer

There's also a rumor that the Nexus 6 will come with a fingerprint scanner, which seems like an unnecessary cost to add to a pared-back Android tool, but you never know. Motorola has recently been pegged as the most likely manufacturer for this year's Nexus smartphone, with details of a device codenamed Shamu emerging, including a fingerprint scanner. These rumors seem to be firming up, as The Information recently reported three independant sources confirming that Motorola will indeed be the maker of the Nexus 6. 

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Just how many Nexus devices will we see added to the Nexus family this year? / © AndroidPIT

Nexus 6 rumors: Google Gem smartwatch

Remember the Google smartwatch, supposedly codenamed Gem? We do. While the LG G Watch was tighly controlled by Google and the Gear Live looks pretty much exactly like the Gear 2 with Android Wear, the Google Gem rumors persist. Google now has the wearable operating system in full flight, but would they really now need to push their own smartwatch? While the Nexus program says yes, the amount of control - and relative lack of variability in smartwatches running the same OS - makes me think if Google did indeed have a smartwatch planned that they would have canned it when they took the reigns on everyone else's Android Wear offerings. Still, the rumors are there, and if a Google smartwatch appears this year it will be alongside the Nexus 6.

Let us know in the comments below who you think will be making the Nexus this year. Would you buy a Nexus 6?

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  • Charles Matthews 1 month ago Link

    WRONG: " If the display is indeed 5.5 inches (and possibly QHD) – as many rumors claim – then it's also possible that the name, which is generally tied to the device's screen size, would simply be Nexus 5 (2014). "

    It will be the Nexus 6. Nexus phones have NEVER been named after screen size. You are confusing Nexus tablets and Nexus phones. 3 out of 5 times it's been generation name but NEVER screen size.

    gen1: HTC Nexus One, 3.5"
    gen2: Samung Nexus S, 4.0"
    gen3: Samsung Galaxy Nexus, 4.65"
    gen4: LG Nexus 4, 4.7" (3rd phone 4" or larger. NOT screen size but gen number)
    gen5: LG Nexus 5, 4.95" (NOT 5.0")
    gen6: probably LG Nexus 6 (5.0" - 5.5")

    The LG Nexus 4 was the 3rd Nexus 4" or larger, but was named after gen name. The LG Nexus 5 was not 5.0", but many other top tier Androids are. So, if Google wanted 5.0" they could have had it. For some reason they went with 4.95".

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  • Andre Sinaga 1 month ago Link

    A Glorious specs, but HTC is not the best possibility to make a Nexus 6, though...never like HTC products as their product are always overpriced in my eyes, same as Samsung....bad customer service, etc....prefer still LG to make this things....

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      Kris Carlon 1 month ago Link

      What about Motorola?

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      • Andre Sinaga 1 month ago Link

        Don't know about Motorola, as I never use their products, but I think they're good (a few of my friends are using their products, and they're all happy until now)...hopefully they can make this phone(phablet?) as well as LG did....but still LG is the best choice IMO, because of what they did recently...

        and the 5,9 inch decision is a bad choice IMO, most of people in this world don't have a big HANDS....blunder for google if they still keep those decision....5 - 5,5 inch is the best choice I think....5,9 inch is not call a phones, but a phablet...

        Good for a big hands, but BAD for a smaller hands, that's all I can say...

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  • hlamyo oo 1 month ago Link

    My phone S3 no service

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  • Flynn Mccoy 1 month ago Link

    Samsung and Google has been producing great looking and sophisticated in use gadgets since its inception. The Nexus 6 is a nice and multi purposeful gadget which is in great demand.

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  • onix 1 month ago Link

    Crap it to hell... why do Android phones have to be so flipping big!!! And getting bigger??

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  • H 9 1 month ago Link

    No! Not a phablet! I hope this isn't 6 inches. The Nexus 5's 5.43 inches are almost too big for me.

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      Kris Carlon 1 month ago Link

      Looks like we're all in luck @H 9, the latest pegs the Nexus 6 at 5.2 inches.

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      • H 9 1 month ago Link

        Yup, I see that. I still won't upgrade, though. I've had a Nexus 5 for just a few months now- it's too soon to upgrade.

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  • Omarjae Legend 1 month ago Link

    philip k. dick factor.....ahaaaaa

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  • Rui Costa 3 weeks ago Link

    I live in Portugal and i cant find that page on the Portuguese FNAC website. So i think that is a fake page done with the rumours that are posted.

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      Kris Carlon 2 weeks ago Link

      I agree. I think that was simply an edited web page with made up specs, but everyone likes to know the rumors, even when they're highly unlikely.

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  • Lee 1 day ago Link

    I think "Nexus X" sound's better than "Nexus 6" Nexus X-Men 😊 anything over 5.5 doesn't really fit in with my life style, pockets & work,
    think I could live with a 5.2 but that's pushing it to the limits for me, the spec's look great but we'll have to wait and see.

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  • Andre Sinaga 1 day ago Link

    I hope this will be come true....what a killer specs if google decide to put a snapdragon 808 for 399 USD....maybe will increase a little bit, but not much...I really tempted this phone...since my mom will take my G2 for her needs. lol....bring it on gentleman !

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      Kris Carlon 1 day ago Link

      I don't know if it's just wishful thinking on my part about the 808, but the shipping volumes of Nexus devices are orders of magnitude smaller than those for Samsung et al, so it seems at least vaguely possible that there might be enough 808's already to fulfill the numbers required for the Nexus X. I just can't shake the "not 64-bit" issue with the 805...

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  • flooney 1 day ago Link

    I still like my nexus and will stay with it very long.

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  • TechiAlerts.com 19 hours ago Link

    Yes, I agree with the sense of the topic you discussed...although I like all Nexus Series...

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  • CJ Brown 9 hours ago Link

    Although I don't like to speculate; I think a 32gig / 64gig model NEXUS 6 would be the way to go (16gig is fine, but the price of memory has dropped significantly that it shouldn't effect overall cost); along with a 12gig (back) 3gig (front) cameras (not the best, but a step up from 8gig / 2gig - aka good enough for more consumers) ....


    As for screen size? 5.1 - 5.2 seems to be the average size (in my opinion) for Android Smart Phones (ie the new Moto X is 5.1) as I don't see a reason for going into the 5.5 range (unless there will be 2 versions with one being a phablet). If Motorola is handling the build? I would expect that voice activation (called the "Moto Voice" app on Google Play) will be a significant feature for the NEXUS 6 (wouldn't Google want to embrace this feature? I would hope so!) ...


    I don't think the NEXUS line will ever disappear (there's been so many years marketing Nexus as a brand that it would cost more $ to start over with a different name). I do think Google has learned to make sure that supply meets demand (I don't think "Moto Maker" will be a feature, I feel in order to keep costs down? there needs to be a decision on what colours to offer and what build materials - ie metal vs polymer) ....

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