After a couple of slightly confusing claims lately that the Nexus 6 would be running a Snapdragon 801, a decidedly early-2014 processor, it looks like we now have some solid confirmation that it will indeed be running the Snapdragon 805 instead. We also seem to have a new screen size to consider as well...
Benchmark results have appeared in both AnTuTu and GFXBench that both show a quad-core Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2649 MHz (2.65 GHz) and 3 GB of RAM – exactly what we have been expecting. Further than this, they both show a 5.2 inch QHD display, which is a bit of a surprise considering the cost-cutting that normally goes into Nexus devices. However, if the Nexus 6 is to be the showcase for Android 5.0, which will be pushing animations at 60 fps, then a chip that can support pushing pixels with the Adreno 420 GPU makes perfect sense. I for one would be happy to see the Nexus stay out of the phablet size range too, as previous rumors have indicated.
The benchmark results also show an improved camera, although the specs start to diverge a little here. The AnTuTu benchmark shows a 13 MP main camera and 2.1 MP front-facing camera, but the GFXBench results show a 12 MP camera and 2 MP selfie cam. The reason for this discrepancy could be different prototypes floating around, some rounding up or down or perhaps even an elaborate scam, but they seem plausible to me even if the exact details are a little uneven. Either way, it looks like the next Nexus is finally getting a more respectable camera resolution.
The interesting part of this is that the Snapdragon 805 is not a 64-bit chip, for that we'll have to wait for the Snapdragon 808. So the Nexus 6 won't be the ''real'' reference device for Android 5.0, which is, of course, all about 64-bit support - that honor will likely belong to the Nexus 9 with the Nvidia Tegra K1 Denver: the world's first 64-bit Android chip.
What do you think of these leaks? Do you believe these are the Nexus 6 specs?