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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