Following the many rumors detailing the 5.9-inch Motorola Nexus 6 (also known as the Nexus X or its codename, “Shamu”) smartphone, Android Police managed to confirm the existence of the handset, and many of its characteristics, providing more details about the device in the process, including a mockup image supposedly based on the phone’s design (available below).
According to the publication, the Shamu will be called Nexus 6 – not Nexus X as the more recent rumors suggested – and will run Android 5.0 L out of the box. Android Police is apparently able to confirm that with Android L, Google is moving to Android 5.0, something that was also previously rumored.
The Nexus 6 is based on the Moto X, although some design variations are expected, such as black front-facing stereo speakers and lower placements for the power and volume buttons.
When it comes to specs, Android Police says the phone packs a 5.9-inch QHD display with 496 pixel per inch (ppi), a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and a dual-flash ring, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 3,200 mAh battery with fast-charging technology.
As for Android L’ user interface, it appears the Nexus 6 will feature several changes, such as “revamped” icons for the dialer, Play Store and Gmail, “tweaked” icons for Maps and Google, a Drive apps folder, and a special “messaging” app.
Android Police says it hasn’t seen any proof to confirm the existence of a smaller version of the new Nexus phablet yet, in spite of what recent rumors have said. It’s not clear whether Google is working on such a device, or whether it’ll keep the Nexus 5 in stock for one more year.
Android Police’s Nexus 6 mockup follows below.