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Nexus 6 benchmarked, blows away the competition


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So close we can taste it

The Nexus 6 should be with us any day now, and if this alleged benchmark is anything to go by, it will be an absolute monster.

Geekbench claims to have put the handset – aka the Motorola Shamu – through its paces. The results are very impressive, especially for what should be a budget device.

In the single-core tests, the iPhone 6 and 5S outperform the Nexus 6. But when it comes to the multi-core tests, the Nexus 6 comes tops.

It seems very similar to the Galaxy Note 4's results on Geekbench.

This is all far from official. But if true, the Nexus 6 should offer plenty of bang for your buck.

The Nexus 5 launched on October 31 last year, so we're expecting a Nexus 6 announcement any day now. Rumours peg a Google announcement for next week, when we're also expecting to meet the Nexus 9 tablet and Android L.

So what about the specs? The Nexus 6 is rumoured to have a 5.9-inch screen with a resolution of 2,560x1,440 pixels. That's 2K, which would put it on a par with the excellent – though slightly smaller – LG G3.

According to Geekbench, it runs Android L, and has a quad-core Qualcomm chip clocked at 2.65GHz.

We could also see a smaller, 5.2-inch model launch, mimicking the dual-pronged approach Apple took with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. 5.9 inches is mighty large for a phone, so we would welcome a more manageable model.

It shouldn't be long until we know for sure. Let us know what you'd like to see in the comments.

Read more: Leaked Nexus 6 specs point to a 5.9-inch QHD handset


October 7, 2014, 11:30 am

5.2" is now the small device option :(

Can't we just have a handheld, pocket size, good spec phone any more?
Z3 Compact is the closest thing in my opinion, but I' ideally like it smaller than that. The old iPhone 4/5 were a good size, I thought.

Dan Thomas

October 7, 2014, 1:04 pm

I can remeber using my HTC hero and thinking it was the perfect size. My Dad got the desire and it was huge!!!! Now phones are more mobile screens than phones. It's a shame too I'd pay more for a well spec'd small phone (around 4") but they just dont exsist...

Neil B

October 7, 2014, 1:25 pm

Having just taken delivery of a Z3 compact, I can vouch for how much of the perfect size it is. It has a very slim bezel and sits well in my hand. It's the closest phone I've had to my beloved Nokia N8.

Prem Desai

October 7, 2014, 2:09 pm

I think other sizes (smaller) should be made available.

What I'm really worried about is how much this 'budget' handset is going to cost ......

Matthew Bunton

October 7, 2014, 3:15 pm

The Nokia N8 now that was a great phone.

A. Mir

October 7, 2014, 3:46 pm

Who are these people buying 5"+ phones? If this trend continues, I have to get myself an iPhone 5S...and I don't even want to own a phone from Apple! My HTC One M7 is already way too big for my liking.

Prem Desai

October 7, 2014, 6:52 pm

I see from comments below that there are a lot of complaints about the large screen size.

I believe there is a market for the larger screen size which is why just about every manufacturer makes them. However, I urge the manufacturers to offer several screen sizes so that people can choose.

I was sceptical of the larger size initially. Then I bought a Samsung Note 2 and I don't think I'll ever go back to a smaller screen - it really does make a difference - depending on what you use your mobile for. I use my mainly for apps and texting.

Lest people forget, when the iPhone was first released, it had the largest screen size going at 3.5 inches. People (including myself) moaned about it back then too ....

Matthew Salmon

October 7, 2014, 8:54 pm

Running stock android on a nexus is pretty restrictive - esp with facebook and social integration that come with Touchwiz missing. Looks like a great device tho - esp if it comes in a couple of £100 cheaper than the note 4

A. Mir

October 7, 2014, 9:02 pm

The problem begins to be noticeable and very annoying when the device doesn't fit in your pockets. A 6" screen? Come on, you'll need a backpack or briefcase for that.


October 7, 2014, 10:27 pm

5.9inches is overkill for most peoples pockets. 5.2inchs is a bit more realistic if still a bit big. Still think the drive for screen size has already passed its limits in usability.


October 8, 2014, 9:40 am

Loved my HTC hero at the time, especially the chin and rollerball. The screen now seems really small


October 8, 2014, 12:34 pm

"a resolution of 2,560x1,440 pixels. That's 2K"

NO that's not 2K, 2K resolution is 2048 × 1080!

Please use the term correctly!


October 8, 2014, 1:04 pm

Literally a backpack or a briefcase. I don't know about you, but I'm struggling to put my hands into my pockets, multiple backpacks/briefcases for everyone!


October 8, 2014, 1:05 pm

I'm not sure why that means you have to buy an iphone 5s - there are lots of phones with smaller screen sizes. Going from a nexus to an iphone seems a strange leap to me.

A. Mir

October 8, 2014, 1:15 pm

Because the 5S is probably the best performing 4" phone out there.


October 8, 2014, 1:17 pm

So trade back back down to your old phone, why whine about buyer's remorse?


October 8, 2014, 1:26 pm

Does not the market drive the need and hence what manufactures produce. Get a belt clip or downgrade your phone and live with it. If my uncle had breasts he'd be my aunt.


October 8, 2014, 2:39 pm

For me, and I suspect others, the lack of touchwiz, sense, or any other type of manufacturer "enhancement" is fantastic. Stock is what I would prefer - Sony is probably the best in this regard. While not the ideal vanilla experience, it is altered the least.

Major Sceptic

October 8, 2014, 2:46 pm

I still have my note2 and its still a good device, when I first got it home I felt awkward and clumsy with it for the first couple of weeks , but I have grown to love it, I had a play with a galaxy S5 a while ago, it just felt too small, I Also would not go back to the smaller screen.

Stone Phalanges

October 8, 2014, 8:37 pm

Who cares.

Spike Black

October 9, 2014, 11:19 am

We're probably seeing the screens increase in size and pixel density due to mobile gaming, some games work perfectly on a tablet but as soon as you put them on a 5" mobile the text can become so tiny it's almost impossible to read especially If it doesn't allow zoom. For instance try reading some of the menus in the Family Guy game on a 5" I often have to resort to reading glasses and even then it can dodgy depending on the font.
Personally I prefer the basic experience of stock android, no manufacturer stuff to get in the way.

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