Rumor has it that the folks at Google are still planning to introduce the Nexus 6 and that the Mountain View-based giant will once again team-up with LG to develop the new handset. Furthermore, back in February, Google’s Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai confirmed that the Nexus 6 release date has been set for the second half of the year.
A trusted insider has confirmed for Android Geeks that Google will continue their collaboration with LG and that the Nexus 5 follow-up will be based on the hardware platform and design of the yet-unannounced LG G3. He also said that Google is in advanced talks with several Asian fingerprint sensor suppliers, hinting that the Nexus 6 will be ready to take on Apple’s Touch ID sensor.
The Nexus 6 is expected to arrive with a new design that will be influenced by the one of the LG G3 and since there is a fingerprint sensor involved, Google might not want to make the jump to a 5.5-inch screen (the rumored display size for the LG G3). Google and LG will most likely settle for a 5.2-inch screen that will borrow the Quad HD (1440 x 2560) resolution of the G3. The HTC One Max showed us that a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is not reliable in terms of ergonomics, therefore we might see a Nexus 6 with the new sensor embedded below the screen, just like the iPhone 5S and the Galaxy S5.
Based on the recent leak that shows the rear of the LG G3 and on the reports saying that the new LG flagship (and therefore the Nexus 6) will be a reminiscent of KDDI’s LG Isai, we believe that the above concept is a pretty accurate representation of how the Nexus 6 will look like.
Qualcomm said that their mighty Snapdragon 805 processor will debut on the first handsets in the second half of the year and because Google always relied on the most powerful solutions of the American chipset maker, we might get to see a Nexus 6 that’s underpinned by a Snapdragon 805 SoC with quad-core 2.7 GHz Krait 450 CPU and Adreno 420 GPU. The device could also feature 3 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of native storage.
Google is expected to launch the Nexus 6 synchronized with the debut of a new Android iteration. Will it be Android 4.5 or Android 5.0? We can’t know for sure. What we know is that the last three Nexus smartphones were all introduced in October, which might also be the release date for Nexus 6.