Nexus 6 Release Date: Google / Verizon Moto S ‘Shamu’ Screen Size; Plus Other Details Leaked

New information about the Nexus 6 has surfaced.

It has been rumored recently that Motorola is working with Google to produce the upcoming Nexus 6, after earlier rumors suggest that Google is working with LG. 

The Nexus 6 has the working name Motorola “Shamu,” and is supposedly slated for a November 2014 release.

“Shamu” is the name of a killer whale. Google tends to give “sea animal” code names for its upcoming Nexus products. The Nexus 5, for example, was code named “Hammerhead.”

Google’s alleged latest and greatest smartphone was speculated to have a 5.9-inch display and pack a finger print scanner.

According to a recent GFXBench benchmark test, however, the Motorola “Shamu” has 5.2-inch QHD display, which makes it slightly smaller than projected. 

Other specs include a quad core, 2,649 Mhz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2.9GB of RAM, 24GB of internal storage.

The Motorola “Shamu” also spots a 12 mega-pixel back camera with 4K UHD video recording capabilities, as well as a 2 mega-pixel front camera.

Finally, as standard with the latest Nexus device, the “Shamu” will run Android L, which is slated to be the latest build of Google’s Android OS. 

Tech leaker TK Tech News has dug up some other specs of the “Shamu.”

In a Youtube video, TK noted that the phone has a 5.9-inch display, packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with an Adreno 420 GPU, a 13 mega-pixel rear camera, and a 2K display.

The “Shamu” won’t have a fingerprint scanner.

TK also reveals that Verizon will carry the “Shamu,” and that its version will be called the “Moto S,” not the Nexus 6.

TK says the “Moto S” Verizon label is unconfirmed, and he is “working on this” at present. 

If Motorola are truly collaborating with Google for the Nexus 6, then the phone is about seven and a half months in the making, since the project allegedly kicked off in January 2014 after Lenovo bought Motorola.

Google, who has a 5.94 per cent stake in Lenovo, supposedly sent over an Android unit after Lenovo’s acquisition to work with Motorola on the “Shamu.”

AP: Lenovo profit up 23 percent on mobile growth

BEIJING—Lenovo Group, the world’s biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday its latest quarterly profit rose 23 percent on strong growth in sales of smartphones and other mobile devices.

The company said it earned $214 million, or $2.06 per share, in the three months ended June 30. Global revenue rose 18 percent to $10.4 billion.

Sales of mobile devices rose 32 percent over a year earlier to $1.6 billion. The company is investing heavily in smartphones, tablet computers and other wireless devices, and has said it expects mobile sales to be the bulk of its future revenue.

Lenovo, based in Beijing and in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, expanded its market presence by acquiring part of IBM Corp.’s server business in January for $2.3 billion. A week later, it bought the Motorola Mobility smartphone business from Google Inc. for $2.9 billion.

With those acquisitions and the recovery of the PC market, “we see even more opportunity to keep growing rapidly,” said chairman Yang Yuanqing in a statement.

Sales of Lenovo’s traditional desktop PCs rose 20 percent to $3 billion, accounting for 29 percent of total revenue. The company said shipments rose 12.1 percent over a year earlier, compared with an industry average of 2.4 percent.

“We believe Lenovo’s PC business will remain solid given the better global PC outlook. We expect Lenovo to continue to gain market share,” said Kirk Yang and Ric Cheng of Barclays in a report. “Its smartphone shipment momentum is likely to pick up.”

Still, they cautioned that Lenovo’s strength in its home China market, where it has experience and strong distributor relationships, “is not easily replicated” abroad.

Revenue in China rose 2 percent to $3.8 billion, or 36 percent of the total. Revenue in the United States and the rest of the Americas rose 19 percent to $2.2 billion while combined revenue for Europe, the Middle East and Africa rose 27 percent to $2.8 billion.

The company said it rose to No. 3 among global tablet computer suppliers.