As the Google-LG co-branded Nexus 5 still looks and feels fairly fresh (not to mention awesome), and the very future of the Nexus line reportedly hangs in the balance, it seems pretty ridiculous to already start the Nexus 6 rumor-mongering.
Yet an otherwise reputable Taiwanese publication, Economic Daily News, claims to have it on good authority the Nexus 6 is in the works with a Qualcomm-made 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor under the hood.
Ridiculous? You bet. Improbable? That too, mostly as the S810 SoC is itself a mere myth at this point. Qualcomm never confirmed it exists, and besides, we’re yet to see its predecessor, the Snapdragon 805, released commercially.
As for Economic Daily News, they tainted their own reputation not long ago, suggesting Apple has an “experimental” non-iPhone branded phablet in the pipeline. So, no reason to believe the paper’s anonymous sources, save for the fact, well, the story kind of makes sense.
No, the Nexus series won’t be nixed by the end of the year. Worst case scenario, in 2015, after another “pure Google” phone, and possibly an 8-inch tablet, roll out. As for the fabled 64-bit Snapdragon 810, my gut tells me sooner or later Qualcomm needs to make that move. Probably sooner.
Put two and two together, including rumble of Big G wanting to finish off the Nexus family in style, and EDN is actually onto something. Now the big question is who will get the co-manufacturing invite from Google? LG again? Maybe HTC? How about Lenovorola?