It’s largely accepted that Motorola is the manufacturer of choice for the imminent Nexus 6, Team Moto – somewhat ironically – having been unceremoniously passed on from Google to Lenovo.
In case there was any doubt, the rumours are given corroboration by not one, nor two, but three sources of a big-name publication type thing.
Yep, it’s The Wall Street Journal telling us, well, pretty much everything we already knew, as confirmed by a trio of “people familiar with the situation”.
There’s talk of the Google Nexus 6 and its codename Shamu, and a 5.9in display size that makes the phone even bigger than the 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus and 5.7in Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Indeed, it’ll be one of the biggest handsets out there.
We have wondered about that display size, as some consumers are vehemently opposed to anything beyond, say, 5in. Stretching to 5.9in is entering niche territory, and bigger doesn’t always necessarily mean better.
But Neil Mawston of Strategy Analytics sheds a little light, explaining: “A lot of people buying their first phones in emerging markets tend to use them as pocket computers and bypass desktops and laptops.”
Early rumours suggested the Google Nexus 6 would come with a 5.2in display; some say that was just plain wrong, while others suggest we could be looking at an iPhone 6-style double assault.
Google is keeping quiet about the Nexus 6 launch date, but recent whispers tell us to mark October 16 in our diaries. In any case, the launch event will also feature HTC’s Google Nexus 9 tablet, and of course Android L.