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Motorola “Shamu” Nexus Allegedly Shows Up in Questionable Benchmarks, Outing Specs

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According to two reports at the end of July, Motorola has been given approval to make the next Nexus phone, a 5.9-inch whale codenamed “Shamu.” Since the Android world has begged for years to have Motorola make a Nexus, you can imagine that the hypebeast engine has been kicked into overdrive. And when I say “overdrive,” I mean that any potential sighting of the device means people are going to get excited, freak out, and then want to share it with the world, even if it looks highly questionable. And that’s exactly what we have thanks to benchmarks spotted over the last couple of days that allegedly out the device’s specs. 

A benchmark at GFXBench got this whole thing started yesterday when a device under the name “Motorola Shamu (Google Nexus 6?)” showed up. If the question mark in the name doesn’t scream “questionable” and “WTF? Since when do benchmarks have question marks in their names?” then feel free to proceed.

If there is any chance that this is really the Motorola “Shamu,” then this is what GFXBench says about it. The device is running Android L, which would make sense since this will be the reference device and launch partner for the new version of Android. This phone apparently has a 5.2-inch QHD display, with a resolution of 2560×1440. Wait, isn’t “Shamu” supposed to symbolize the fact that the phone is going to be oversized? Remember, two reports both stated that the phone would be oversized, or a “phablet,” with one even saying specifically to expect it to be around 5.9-inches. Yet, GFXBench says 5.2.

Moving on. The device listed here has a Snapdragon 805 processor, clocked at 2.65GHz with an Adreno 420 GPU. It also has 3GB RAM, 24GB of available storage (likely 32GB total), 12MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, and your typical sensors.

To add to the story, an AnTuTu benchmark also showed up this week with a device named “Google shamu,” that has the exact same specs, but differs slightly with a 13MP camera.

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The whole situation is very confusing, but hey, this is what we have thus far.

Oh, here is how the “Motorola Shamu (Google Nexus 6?)” measures up to the competition in at least one benchmark.

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Let us know your thoughts.

Via:  GFXBench | AnTuTu
Cheers Justin!
  • lostbytes

    Regardless of which device the benchmark actually shows, the back camera is listed at 12MP (4160 x 3120). Assuming all pixels are used for the final image and doing the math you come up with 4160 x 3120 = 12,979,200 pixels. 12,979,200 is sufficiently close to 13,000,000 so the camera should be listed as 13MP not 12MP.

  • Ubi2447

    Omg so I’m so excit……Oh…wait. I’m on Verizon. :[

  • Mike Ennamorato

    Looks good! It should run L like nobodies business.

  • hoosiercub88

    No HDR?

  • djdsf

    Please for the love of every that is holy, let it at least have a 5.5 screen if not the 5.9 that I wish it did. I NEED a large screen and I’m tired of having to use a Note 3. I’m done with TouchWiz, Motorola for the love of God make the screen big!

    • Carlton Crasher

      i have enjoyed my note 3 thus far, except i realized i do what i can with DKextreme aosp hybrid rom…but to be honest with 5.7″ i hate not being able to one hand operate all the time. sometimes you just need a free hand without acrobats trying to reach for the far side of the screen. I would be happy with small bezels in the 5.0-5.5″ for a nexus 5 and removable battery. although at work “wifi only” we use iphone 4’s :'( for data applications…why can’t i use my own phone lol….

      • mybollsareonfire

        That’s when you use the one handed feature that’s built into it….

  • donlon77 .

    Android, please get rid of the on-screen navigation….please get rid of the on-screen navigation…..

    Give me all of my screen real estate! That’s the only cool thing about galaxy phones.

  • ClickFire_

    5.2 Inch Display with slimmer bezels, Better Camera and Better Battery and Im happy to upgrade from my N5 to the N6.

  • hyperbeatser

    Lines up with the Moto X+1/Motorola making this Nexus, no?

  • John Davids

    I just want it to have CDMA radios…

    • Carlton Crasher

      i went to at&t because its the only other network in my area worth a hoot…and yet, yes i wish they would come out with a cdma…i’d be back on verizon in a heartbeat if so.

  • Franklin Ramsey

    I’m still wondering if Moto wasn’t developing the Moto X + 1 as a phablet (IE: a Moto X + 1 inch of screen size) much like Moto executives hinted a phablet device would be coming in 2014, and after Lenovo agreed to purchase Moto, Google and Moto decided to turn the Phablet they had in development into the Nexus device, since Moto has a mostly stock experience, this wouldn’t be that difficult to conceive.

  • jim

    being a nexus and motorolla means the camera and battery will suck and be full of bugs, but hey will have good radios lol

  • grumpyfuzz

    This is basically the start of tons of leaks/rumors to the nexus 6.

  • alberteezy

    Sounds pretty awesome! I would swap the QHD for a FHD display & 3000 mah battery!!
    Edit: Oh & a M8 Build Design 😀
    Edit 2: Okay a pipe dream.

  • markgbe

    5.2 ill take it, 5.9 ill take it

  • Alexander Munnerlyn

    Kellex or someone, tell me what will happen when screen sizes hit 6.9 inches?

  • Shadowstare

    Google. For all that good and right in this world, 2 things: Make it 5.2. and Bring it to Verizon. At least make it compatible with a Verizon Sim card.

  • TeeJay1100

    Day one buy!!

  • droidrazredge

    In my opinion this is the X+1 and not the Nexus 6 due to a couple reasons. It has an SD card slot and 24GB of internal storage. Maybe Google is leaning towards making SD card slots a part of Nexus phones again but I’m leaning towards no. The second thing is the 24 GB of internal storage seems fishy when all other Nexus phones prior to this had at least 32 GB of storage by default. Also haven’t all Nexus devices since Nexus 4 had HDR photo ? why would they not add it if this was a Nexus ? I think what makes this closely resemble the Nexus 6 is because the Nexus 6 is based of the X+1 with similar specs and hardware.

    • grumpyfuzz

      Where does it say it has an sd card slot? And about the 24gb, that’s probably how much it had available. A nexus 5 doesn’t have 32gb available out of the box. The HDR thing is probably just because it’s a pre-production unit, I’m sure the Nexus 6 will have it.

      • droidrazredge

        I read it wrong it was the simcard 01, I thought it said SD card 01.

  • yungqb7

    Honestly though, a 5″ phone with at least a 1080p display is perfect.

  • 4.95 (5″) LIMIT!

  • Matthew Morrison

    LOL “if it doesn’t scream questionable then proceed reading.” Of course we all keep reading anyway

  • HotRodJohnson

    Maybe there will be 2 sizes.

  • Jay Ward

    6.9″ screen is what I want.

  • teebone

    Please be 5.9 with super small bezels. If it’s about the size of the LG G3 in the 5.9 inch form factor I’m sold!!!

    • TR1

      I don’t disagree that such model is a bad idea but I strongly disagree about it being Nexus. Mainstream phones should not be that big. If Google wants to have good sale numbers, they better keep it “normal” size

      • teebone

        Now days 6 inch screens seem to be normal lol. I’m waiting for the Note 4 to come out here shortly. If the Moto Gnex phone comes out and interests me I may be swayed. It should be an interesting few months!

  • Trysta

    Maybe this is the Moto X+1 (or whatever the Moto X successor will be called) instead? That would make sense with those specs wouldn’t it? I agree that the question mark next to Nexus 6 makes it seem like the person running the benchmark doesn’t know what phone they are using…

    I’m hoping for a 5.9″ nexus phablet because I want a 5″ flagship nexus (5.2 is too big!). If the Nexus 6 is 5.2″ it will never get any smaller.

  • french toast ghost

    where’s sarge when ya need him…

  • Jeremy Martin

    If verizon gets this device then thats my replacement for my Moto X. If not then Moto X+2 for me 😛

  • Nathan

    please be 5.2 and not 5.9 or 6. Tired of all the phones that you need a purse to carry around. I’m not trying to be one of the guys that stuffs a Note 1,2,3,.. into his pocket.

    • Orion

      Maybe you need to stop wearing women’s pants.

    • Caleb Boerner

      You do realize that the VAST majority of handsets are smaller than 5.9 inches don’t you? You have many, many more options in screens sizes of your liking than those who prefer a large screen. Go ahead and get any one of those and quit acting as if every phone needs to be designed to your personal desires.

  • TR1

    4K makes perfect sense since this will be a reference device and Google wants to have a platform with highest end specs so that devs could take that into account.
    I’m VERY happy it’s 5.2 instead of 6. Count me in!

  • Spencer Walker

    Google just do 5.2 inch at 1080p in exchange give us boom sound speakers and a 3000 may battery

    • Cesar

      Boomsound is trademarked by HTC. There will never be a non-HTC phone with Boomsound.

      • grumpyfuzz

        sure but there can be front facing speakers

      • Spencer Walker

        Okay sound boom then

  • Cesar

    5.2 inches seems much better, in my opinion.

  • Tim

    Please run on Verzion… please run on Verzion…

    • John Smith

      Verizon is an evil criminal enterprise and should never see a Nexus phone again.

      • hoosiercub88

        Once VoLTE happens in 2015.. there will be next to nothing stopping it from happening, provided the bands are supported.

  • Arty McBert

    Phones with 2560×1440 resolution is such a temple-squeezer. Why haven’t the resolution wars stopped at 1080p especially since no one can see any pixels beyond 350PPI.

    • M3D1T8R

      The “sight” limit is more like 700. But anyway, I agree. 1080p should be good for now on any phones up to about 6″. I’ll take better battery life at 1080 over 1440, until the content starts getting there in maybe a couple years.

      • Dave

        At arm’s distance, there is no noticeable difference after about 350ppi.

        • JD_26

          u dont use ur phone at an arms length do you ?

          • Dave

            Sorry, I didn’t mean stretched all the way out. Just not pinned against the nose…LoL.

    • Dave

      Plus there is virtually no mobile content available at 2k anyway.

    • ClickFire_

      at arms length you can’t tell but I have yet to see anyone use their phone at arms length.

      • hoosiercub88

        After using a G3 last week.. I can tell you that while the screen is nice.. it looks no nicer than a nice 1080p panel in a phone..

  • ckeegan

    I might go 5.2, but no chance in hell I would go 5.9.

    • John Smith

      Did you cry about the 4″ phones when they came out years ago too?

  • Henry C

    Take… my… MONEY!

  • Daniel J. Peters

    This device will launch on the verizon network. Right?

    • Cesar

      It will launch exclusively on Virgin Mobile.

      • ckeegan

        Cricket, no wait, VoiceStream.

  • enigmaco

    Curious about the price point for this beast.

    • Spencer Walker

      350 and 399

  • D-Unit415

    Snapdragon 805 is the 64bit processor, but why is it bested by the Galaxy S5……………………..

    • stabone

      Doesn’t Samsung have their phones automatically set to run everything at 100% when being benchmarked? This phone might being doing it under everyday settings instead of maxed out.

    • Grayson

      The 1440p screen taxes the GPU a lot more than a 1080p screen would. Snapdragon 801 with a 1080p screen performs about the same as a Snapdragon 805 with a 1440p screen.

      • Dave

        Not to mention there is virtually zero 1440 or 2k content available to the mobile world. Unless you run everything in desktop and pinch and zoom all day.

      • Dave

        Plus the GPU has to upconvert nearly everything to a 2k screen similar to a bluray player using an old DVD. This causes poor accuracy.

    • Justin Rogers

      qualcomm has some closed source tricks in delvik that get used for OEM’s but not in Open Source builds such as AOSP.. For example other SOC 800 phones beat the Nexus 5 in benchmarks everytime. if indeed this is a nexus you can expect slower benchmarks for java etc…

    • M3D1T8R

      Snap 805 isn’t 64bit. It’s the last of the current generation. 64bit is the upcoming 808/810/815, and 410 etc, far as I know.

    • M3D1T8R

      Snap 805 isn’t 64bit. It’s the last of the current generation. 64bit is the upcoming 808/810/815, and 410 etc, far as I know..

  • OK

  • Garrett Sechelski

    I continue to click on Nexus articles for some weird reason.

    Would be all in on waiting to see this device before grabbing my next phone if I wasn’t on Verizon. Alas, I am, and so I’ll be getting the M8 at the end of the month.

    • jimt

      Yet another reason to dump Verizon. I did for the Nexus 5.

  • Orion

    Yeah seems fake. Shamu= big and 5.2 doesn’t cut it. Nothing else to see here folks.

    • grumpyfuzz

      Hey, flo is a tablet and flo was a fish from finding nemo. It could be true, at least I hope so.

  • stabone

    I really hope it launches as the Nexus Shamu

  • ktwombley

    I hope it’s 5.2 inches, and /round/.

  • Rashad

    Any chance Verizon gets this Nexus device since Verizon loves Motorola??? Probably not but its just a thought

    • Suicide_Note

      No chance whatsoever. Next question, please.

      • Rashad

        Why can’t Verizon get a Nexus every 3 years?

    • jimt

      You really wouldn’t want a Nexus on Verizon. It would be a red headed step child like the Gnex.

      • Rashad

        I had the GNex, I am interested in the unlockable boot loader. Not having to wait on Verizon to produce an update. All while being on the network. Same thing I did when the GNex came out back then.

        • jimt

          You were not on Verizon then. Because you had to wait for Verizon for updates. Or are you talking about ROMs and rooting? The nexus on other networks gets updated by google and if you are on Verizon by Verizon.

          • Rashad

            Yeah I was talking about rooting and ROMs. The unlimited data and knowing that my phone would work everywhere is all I needed.

  • Christopher Moore

    5.2″ or 5.9″; doesn’t matter. My pockets and hands are ready.

    • PoisonApple31

      But is your body ready?

  • Ralph Bretz

    So does anyone have any actual idea what the Nexus 6 will be? Will it Motorola or based on this I’d think another LG.

  • KaiserJay

    No HDR on the rear camera? Interested as to why they would remove that.

    • Robert Macri

      HDR is typically handled via the software… I wouldn’t worry that it says no.

      • MotDetoyr


        • Dave

          I see what you did there.

      • KaiserJay

        True. Had thought of that, but face detection & touch to focus are also handled via software, and they are listed as available. So it has me wondering if it will actually be removed, or it’s just something else they have to work on?

        • cns2007

          This is a very shaky rumor. I wouldn’t get too latched on to any of the possible missing features. We need to wait and see.

  • monkeyboyep

    Wouldn’t be ironic if the screen was 5.2 because this is the 2nd Nexus 5. Man that would make too much sense. Still curious why it isn’t a 64-bit processor. Though, that could be saved for the next round of tablets.

  • Mikey Styles

    And so it begins!!

    • jmashis

      Okay, from now on, a Bachelor’s degree is required for creating Xzibit memes.

      • Mikey Styles

        And you say this why? Are you insinuating something in particular? I’m obviously poking fun @ all the HypeBeastin’ that always seems to happen over a device. Pump the Brakes bud, Woooosaaaahh

        • morteum

          I tolerated the first meme, but now I hate you.

          • Mikey Styles

            Aahhh thnx don’t mention it…..I do what I can lol

        • redbar0n11

          …Because you can’t proof read before you export, that’s why. “YOU YOU”

          • Mikey Styles

            Didn’t generate the meme I saw it, thought it was funny yet appropriate, didn’t curr 2 read. My Bad jeez, guess mistakes bring out the inner English teacher in all of us huh.

          • Monk

            Thought it was funny / , / Didn’t read it

            So which was it?

        • jmashis

          Just poking fun. I love those memes but that one isn’t well done, duplicate “you” aside.

    • Calvin Williams

      What. I hope you didn’t make this yourself.

      • Mikey Styles

        Naw…..my Bachelor’s Degree doesn’t afford me that kind of wit or talent to make memes Lol

  • KChristainsen

    My only question is if those specs are true, what would the price be? could they price this at 400-450?

    • grumpyfuzz

      People said the same things about the Nexus 5, and said they couldn’t price it as low as it is. I’m guessing it will be around the same pricing as the Nexus 5. So 16GB stays $350, and 32GB will also stay $400.

      • KChristainsen

        Good point. $400 for 32 is just fine by me with those specs is true.

    • Spencer Walker

      Why not I remember people ring how can the rumored nexus 5 be cheap it’s going to be 450 easy yet it released at 350 BTW they can’t out price it too much because eventually oneplus will be able to get enough phones to meet demand

  • BoFiS

    I wish they kept it at 4.7″ (or less!) which was the perfect size on the Moto X for single-handed use….

  • Qbancelli

    How about just reporting the news, and let us decide if it is bs, hype or whatever, eh?

    • Robert Paulson

      The only place that does that is Reuters, no other news site in ANY field is non-biased.

      Everyone here knows its all written by iPhone totting, Portlandia living, SJWs who love BMills…

  • butThanksThough

    That poor, poor 801 in the G3 can’t hang.

    BMills must be mad because the S5 is stylin on him.

    As for the Moto, I hope the Moto X+1 is similarly specc’d and not a midranged device since this wont come to VZW.

  • CasperTFG

    Please be 5.9.

    • MJ

      Yeah, bring back the “brick” phone!

      Hell no, anything over 5.2″ is not a phone but a Micky Mouse device (and I have big hands) which is niche market and NOT a Nexus device.

      • Orion

        If it makes calls and receives… Its a phone. And this niche market is growing big. If you can’t handle that then get in the back of the line.

        • MJ

          That’s like saying my car is a home entertainment center because it plays music or my PC is a phone because I can make calls via Google Voice on it. I am guessing you were one of those people in the early 80’s walking around with a 20 lb. boombox on their shoulder. Good try, now go back to the back on the line.

          A couple of years ago when the average screen size was 3/3.5″ I was screaming for bigger displays but they have gone overboard now. I am fine with a 5.9″ Nexus “tablet” that makes calls if it’s part of a two device release where the other one is a 5.2″ “phone”. Why Google would reduce their potential market with the Nexus 6 on a 5.9″ device is beyond me…

  • jbworldwide1

    I love me some big ass phones but 5.9 is over my limit.

  • hkklife

    Heck, I would kill to have TWO variants…..a 5.2″ version with an 80, 1080P screen, and 32GB storage and then a 5.9″ version with an 805, QHD scdeen, 64GB storage and a Maxx-sized battery!

  • Carlos Lopez

    Hopefully its an amoled and if this doesn’t have a good sized battery 3000mah+ then whats the point?

  • John R

    Maybe these are the specs of a phone in the Droid line?

    • grumpyfuzz

      I doubt moto would put in a 2k display in one of the droid phones, especially if the moto x+1 has a 1080p display.

  • Mvasquez

    even though this leak is probably a fake theres a part of me that really hopes the part about it being 5.2 in is oh so true!!! 5.9 may be just a little to big

  • Yeah, I’ll believe this when I see it. I want to, believe me, but it sounds too good to be true.

    • Open1Your1Eyes0

      The perfect Moto device? (barring design for now)

      I think so. 😉

    • Carlos Lopez

      Personally I’d rather trade the QHD display for a fullhd and 801 chipset and bigger battery

      • tyguy829

        or we could go fullhd and still leave the 805 heh

        • Mech_Engr_09

          Never go full hd.

      • Dave

        Sounds like you need a rooted S5. Pretty close.

      • ClickFire_

        yeah I still think its too early for QHD displays. I like the fact that I can set the brightness on my Nexus 5 at 30% and it still be really bright, but if it had a QHD display it would not be as bright. People showed the LG G3 vs other smartphones with its brightness all the way up and it still seemed very dim.

    • MichaelFranz

      i would of been hoping for a bigger MP camera. Here’s to hoping for an amazing “S5-Like” Camera, wireless charging, and Maxx battery. And for good measure…..the most grand of all unicorns, verizon availability..

      • jimt

        How about world peace while you are dreaming.

      • Kyle

        That “unicorn” would be the most beautiful creature in the world!!!

    • adbFreedom

      This is the VZW Moto X+1, not the Nexus 6. Confirmed.

      • rawr

        confirmed where

        • adbFreedom


          • bahahahahahahaha

          • ROB


        • Spazmonic

          The troll store. Where all morons go to start crap. That’s where.

        • bboyairwreck

          Per Sarge

      • Nope. The Moto X+1 will have last years specs.

      • grumpyfuzz

        the x+1 is running L?

  • JimmyHACK

    Please be 5.2….. please be 5.2

    • jeff manning

      Please be 5.0 and no higher

      • JimmyHACK

        That’s kind of the gist. Want it more towards 5 instead of 6.

      • ClickFire_

        screen size doesn’t matter, its the overall size of the phone, and with Motorola making the Moto X the smallest 4.7 inch phone I have ever used It could end up being the same size as the Nexus 5 maybe even a little smaller.

        • jeff manning

          “Screen size doesn’t matter”

          Tell that to my thumb

        • Tyler

          My phone (Moto X) is the same size as my friends old Moto Photon 4G with a 4.3″ screen which says something about how small of a phone it is.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      agreed.. 5.9 pass, but 5.2 it’s a contender for me.

      • MH

        5.9 with small bezels and OSK would be amazing

        • The world’s smallest bezels wouldn’t make a 5.9″ screen comfortable to use for someone who wants a normal-sized phone.

          • Jay Ward

            I disagree, my sony xperia z ultra 6.44″ screen is awesome. Ideally, I’d like a 6.8″-7.2″ screen

          • I didn’t say some people don’t like large-screen phones. I said tiny bezels won’t make them comfortable for people who are uncomfortable with large-screen phones. Your experience doesn’t disprove that.

            It’s kind of like me saying, “the world’s most delicious barbecue sauce won’t make a vegetarian want to eat steak,” and you replying, “I disagree, I love eating steak.”

          • Suman Gandham

            Do you have Hellboy hands?

          • Jordan Vasquez

            Ideally, you’d want a tablet.

    • Jim890

      And that’s not what she hoping for.

      • sc0rch3d

        if she need that extra .7″, then you’re not doing something right

    • GPier

      5.2″ qHD to be exact!

      • Adrian Sciutto


        • GPier

          Yep that one!

    • Orion

      Theres a reason the phone is codenamed Shamu. Sorry but all the hope in the world isn’t going to make this thing 5.2.

      • morteum

        There could be a reason its codenamed Shamu, but I don’t recall any of the other fish based codenames having any particular reason to be assigned to their respective devices.

      • The reason being that it’s a sea creature like the other Nexus devices. It doesn’t have to have any additional meaning. Hammerhead sharks are much bigger than groupers and tilapia, and yet that name didn’t imply it was a large device that doubled as a bludgeoning weapon.

        • Orion

          Yeah keep telling yourself that. There’s been more than two sources that confirmed this phone will be in the phablet category. Hence…. Shamu.

          • I’m saying there’s no guaranteed correlation. The phone may or may not be 5.9″, but naming it “Shamu” in no way is proof, or even good evidence, of that fact, in the same way that naming the 5 “Hammerhead” told us nothing about it. I’m not saying it WON’T be 5.9″ (although I sure hope not), I’m saying the name is a really poor excuse for evidence of its size.

          • Nikuliai

            Shamu. Hence…. Water Resistant IP67?
            All he’s saying is that the size of the ¿fish? DOES NOT imply that the phone itself is going to be a whale, it may, but it’s also possible that the phone is 5.2 too… not that likely, but possible

          • jc914

            Share said source

      • Zac Audette

        It could be code named Shamu because as the first Motorola Nexus it is going to make “a big splash”

    • James

      Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes around 5″ would be lovely

    • dannyWHITE

      Please have a decent camera….please have a decent camera

      • jimt

        It is moto, though so I would pray for a decent camera.

        • hyperbeatser

          just outsource the camera to someone else, anyone else!

          • LiterofCola


    • DanSan

      5.9 inch even scares the galaxy note owners.

    • Austin Goebel


    • BAoxymoron

      pleases be 5.9….please be 5.9

    • archercc

      Word, really hoping this is the one that is right.

    • LiterofCola

      …and have a bigger battery than the Maxx