The next iteration in Google's popular Nexus high-end smartphone series has been a topic of intense debates in technology circles across the globe.
Firstly, it is with regard to the smartphone's nomenclature. The next-gen Nexus was widely expected to be released as Nexus X rather than Nexus 6.
Another speculated factor is the device's release date, which according to earlier reports was pegged to be during Halloween 2014 that generally falls between the third week of October and the first week of November.
Now, according to a latest report, the most expected Nexus 6 is rumoured to be launched 'quietly' on 15 October. Incidentally, Google/HTC is also slated to launch the next-gen nexus tablet viz Nexus 9 on the same day.
The above speculations gain momentum when we consider the fact that the Nexus 6 has been listed on AT&T's (a major wireless service provider in US) web portal.
On the portal, Nexus 6 is listed as 'Motorola Nexus 6', and the price tag of the device is indicated as $49.99 (£32) with a carrier-contract (a two-year carrier contract looks most obvious at this point in time), and not unlocked.
This aspect confirms that the hardware components for Nexus 6 have indeed been supplied by Motorola as indicated by earlier rumours. In fact, the latest 'confirmation' obtained via AT&T's web portal also suggests that Motorola's new smartphone codenamed 'Shamu' is indeed the Nexus 6.
Another notable aspect that we can gauge from AT&T's listing is the fact that Nexus 6 should officially be released as 'Nexus 6', thereby quashing earlier reports that indicated that Nexus 6 was officially releasing as Nexus X.
However, AT&T's listing mentions neither the technical specifications nor the pricing of an unlocked Nexus 6 variant.
But considering the fact that most of the earlier reports regarding the Nexus 6 have seemingly turned true (by gauging AT&T's latest Nexus 6 listing), the hardware aspects that Google's next-gen smartphone is expected to have are as follows (as indicated by earlier rumours):
- 5.9in display
- Android L operating system; straight out of the box
- 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor
- 13 MP rear camera
- 2 MP secondary camera
- 3GB RAM
- 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC and microUSB connectivity
We expect the Nexus 6 (unlocked) to cost not less than $579 (£364), once the high-end smartphone is officially launched.