Google makes a habit of coinciding major new versions of Android with a new smartphone release, and with Android L having already been unleashed at I/O earlier on this year, we’re now waiting on the successor to the Nexus 5. Although widely presumed to be called the Nexus 6, for rather obvious reasons, it now looks as though the next-gen handset will be called the Nexus X as Google tries to avoid any copyright issues, but despite the name-change, the actual device still looks set to impress us with some beastly specs. Today, we’ve gotten wind of some new details, as well as some more leaked info pertaining to Android L, and below, you can get up to speed.
Having drafted in the manufacturing skills of LG for the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5, Google has apparently tasked Motorola with the job of building the Nexus X. The Moto 360 maker, which the Big G is currently in the process of offloading to Lenovo, is well versed in the business of building cheap, well-built and feature-rich smartphones, and as such, we’re expecting big things of the Nexus X.
TKTechNews has once again chimed in with a report on the device, leaking screenshots of AnTuTu benchmarks apparently specific to the Nexus X. From them, we can glean details of the device’s specs as well as a little more information regarding Android L.
In terms of hardware, the benchmark snaps only corroborate what we’ve already heard, in that the Nexus x will include a 2K display, 2.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC, and an almighty 3 gigs of RAM. Additionally, the rear-facing camera will be of the 13-megapixel variety, and although this doesn’t necessarily paint the full picture of its performance, let’s hope it can stand up against the real big guns of the smartphone industry.
Interestingly, the AnTuTu lists the Android version as 5.0, and although Google has yet to divulge specific details on the version number, the blogosphere seems to be split between 4.5 and 5.0. Given the magnitude of the changes Google is making this time around – Material Design being the main focal point – we’d hazard that Android L will signify a major version jump to Android 5.0, but until such time as these tidbits become available, we’re keeping an open mind.