Good News, Bad News and Pending News about the Moto Nexus

Shamu leaked!

I’m usually not big on rumours, but hey—this is a Nexus thing. And it’s getting very near that time of year when Google pulls back the curtain on the new black box for custom Android firmware. From what I’ve been reading, an HTC Nexus tablet and Motorola Nexus phone will be revealed simultaneously, as early as mid-October.

Specs for the tablet were leaked way back in June, but it’s only this week that some firm details about the phone are coming to light, along with the leaked photo above. I’m pretty excited about some aspects of the device, less so about others.

Good news: Android L, Snapdragon 805 2.6 GHz quad-core processor, 3 GB of RAM

Bringing the phone and tablet to market at the same time would make a lot of sense for the biggest Android update since Ice Cream Sandwich. As for the phone-specific specs, both the RAM and processor will make 4K video capture and playback possible. No complaints there.

Good news: 13 megapixel camera with 4K video capture.
Bad news: Only 32 GB of internal storage.

So the rather obvious thing about capturing 4K video is that you need more space to store it. OnePlus figured this out pretty quickly; I can only hope that Google and Motorola follow suit with a 64 GB Nexus.

Good news: A beefier 3,200 mAh battery.
Bad news: QHD screen.

As someone who’s still waiting for LG to collect their G3, I’ve yet to see any value in 2K smartphone displays. At the very least it’s going to negate at least some of the 900 mAh bump from the Nexus 5’s meagre 2,300 mAh battery.

Bad news: Massive 5.92 inch phablet form factor.
Good news: Possible 5.2 inch variant.

This is a personal preference, of course—but as I’ve said before, the Nexus 5 is about as big as I’d want to go in a phone. It would be great if Google and Moto also made a smaller variant, and might prove to be a shrewd move in the wake of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Good news: No mention of a fingerprint reader.
Pending news: No mention of wireless charging.

I think it was Android Central that talked about the bigger dimple on the back of this year’s Moto X being an abandoned fingerprint reader. I personally hope the same holds true for the Moto Nexus. Based on what Samsung has accomplished with the technology I’m happy to leave the biometrics to Apple. I mean, it’s not like Android users in Canada have a ubiquitous mobile payment solution or anything

Wireless charging is entirely another story. I really don’t know if I can go back to using a device without it—if I’m honest, it was one of the reasons why I gave up on the OnePlus One.

I’ve had a great year with my Nexus 5 (a colour refresh certainly helped). And despite its relatively small size, the next Nexus has some pretty big shoes to fill!

Further Reading:

Exclusive: This is ‘Shamu,’ Motorola’s upcoming Nexus 6/X
Leaked photo shows Motorola Shamu breaching for the camera as next Nexus