Whether the Nexus 6 will feature a 5.2-inch display or a screen that's 5.9 inches is still vague, but the details coming to light strongly suggest Google's phablet and its 8.9-inch counterpart, the Nexus 9 tablet, are about ready to step from behind the curtain.
The Nexus 6 is rumored to be in production by Motorola and is expected to feature a Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor that's clocked at 2.65 GHZ. Its processor will be accompanied by an Adreno 420 GPU, both supported by the handset's 3 GB of RAM.
HTC is rumored to be producing the Nexus 9, which is expected to feature Nvidia's Tegra K1 SoC (system on a chip), a powerful combination of a CPU and GPU.
The Tegra K1 SoC's legal documentation for the processor leaked details of the Nexus 9's planned fall 2014 release.
"The HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1," stated the Soc's documentation.
The rough release date was lifted out of Nvidia's documentation by the Bright Side of News, which now cites unnamed sources in reporting that the Nexus 9 will be open to preorder on Oct. 15.
The tablets will include 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB of long-term storage space and 100 GB of Google Drive space. The Nexus 9 was, at one time, expected to make its debut at HTC's Double Exposure event.
Instead of unveiling the Nexus 9, the Chinese tech firm showed off a new waterproof phone, the HTC Desire Eye and also showed off the RE camera, a 16-MP rugged camera that will seek to do battle with with GoPro's selection of action cameras.
The absence of the Nexus 9 at HTC's Double Exposure event doesn't rule out the manufacturer as the production lead for Google's tablet. HTC says it has another big announcement to make soon
Both of the new Nexus tablets and phablets are expected to run on Google's latest mobile OS, Android L. In a batch of screenshots that purport to show benchmarks of the Nexus 6, Android version 5.0 is listed in the images.
The leaked images, if authentic, evidence Google's move from Android KitKat 4.4 to Android L 5.0 instead of version 4.5. Also of note in the screenshots is the primary category of data they allege to show.
The screenshots of the Nexus 6's purported benchmarks show the handset ranking above the LG G3 in single-core performance, but below the iPhone 6 and 5s. In the multicore test, however, the Nexus 6 performs significantly better than the Note 3 and every other handset in the line up, which include the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5.