We know that Google is preparing to launch its Motorola-built Nexus 6 very soon. The phablet has appeared on Geekbench and its score blows away all current Android flagship smartphones.
There was a time when Motorola was one of the top mobile phone manufacturers in the industry and its early entry into the smartphone world showed that the company saw the future of mobile computing in smartphones.
Motorola got a huge break in 2009 when Verizon enlisted the company to build a smartphone that could go head to head with Apple's iPhones, which were exclusively offered by AT&T in the U.S. The Verizon Droid was released in November 2009 and to help educate consumers on why they should choose a Verizon Droid over the AT&T iPhone, Verizon ran a "Droid Does" campaign that showed impressive features Apple wasn't offering in the iPhone. The device was a huge win for Verizon and Motorola and was the first Android smartphone to achieve major success in the iPhone's shadow.
Motorola began to struggle as it watched HTC, Samsung, and other Android manufacturers leave the company in the dust. In May 2012, Google announced that it had acquired Motorola and its future suddenly seemed brighter than ever. However, whether it was disappointing sales of the overly-hyped Moto X, or for other reasons, Google announced in January 2014 that it had sold Motorola to Lenovo.
In what could be viewed as a parting gift from Google, the company commissioned Motorola to build its upcoming Nexus 6. The smartphone leaked with a codename of Shamu in July and images of the phablet's rear case leaked in September. The 5.9-inch phablet has made an appearance on GeekBench as "Nexus X Shamu" and Motorola Shamu. The smartphone scored some very impressive numbers, in some cases topping Apple's new iPhone 6 and every one of its rivals in another test.
The Nexus 6/X performed extremely well and in some cases it beat Apple's new iPhone 6. The 5.9-inch Android L phablet outperformed the iPhone 6 and its Android rivals, like the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5, Google Nexus 5, Galaxy Note 3, and HTC One M8. The Nexus 6/X posted scores well above top-of-the-line Android smartphones, and in some cases smoked past them considerably in multicore tests.
If these tests are accurate, Google could give Apple and Samsung a run for its money in the increasingly popular jumbo-sized smartphone market when it's unveiled later this month or early November.