Although Google hasn’t shown any hardware during the I/O conference, the end of the year is closing in and we know the search engine giant must be cooking something. If past events from previous years are no indication, then the latest happenings in the mobile world strongly suggest that Google is working on a Nexus 6 phablet known by the codename “Shamu”.
Some of you might be aware that earlier yesterday, the Shamu appeared in GFXBench’s database, giving us a sneak preview on the gadget’s performance. Sadly, the smartphone’s specifications remained unknown for the most part, but the good news is that earlier today the Shamu made a new appearance, this time in AnTuTu’s database, where the handset’s specifications have been fully exposed.
Motorola / Google Shamu / Nexus 6 Pops-Up in AnTuTu
Despite the fact that Shamu’s performance in GFXBench appeared to be on par with the majority of Snapdragon 801-powered devices out there, AnTuTu now reveals that the mysterious Google phablet actually draws its processing power from a Snapdragon 805 SoC boasting four cores clocked at 2.64 GHz, 3 GB of RAM and an Adreno 420 graphics chip.
The smartphone appears to feature a 5.2-inch 2K/QHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and a 13 MP main camera coupled with a 2.1 MP front-facing sensor. Last but definitely not least, the Shamu runs on Android L; not that this should come as a surprise to anyone.
All in all, the Google / Motorola Shamu shapes up to be a powerhouse, and the only reason we can think of for the poor benchmark scores that have previously traveled the blogosphere is the lack of optimization. Nevertheless, the Nexus 6 should be at least a few weeks away from its official announcement, and by the time the gadget will hit the stage we’re hoping that both Google and Motorola will do whatever it takes to properly optimize the device. We’ll keep you posted so stay tuned.