Motorola May Be Working On A 'Killer' 5.9-Inch Nexus Phone Code Named 'Shamu' - HotHardware
Motorola May Be Working On A 'Killer' 5.9-Inch Nexus Phone Code Named 'Shamu'

Motorola May Be Working On A 'Killer' 5.9-Inch Nexus Phone Code Named 'Shamu'

Get, it, “killer”? “Shamu”? Fine, never mind moving on: A rumor has emerged that Motorola may be developing a handset called “Shamu”, a 5.9-inch smartphone that could be a new Nexus device.

Android Police says it sources further indicate that the device will have a fingerprint sensor and may be released in November (or thereabouts), and of course the Shamu name fits with Google Nexus codenames’ aquatic nomenclature.

HTC Volantis
HTC Volantis (Credit: Android Police)

Other recent rumors point to an 8.9-inch Nexus tablet possibly being made by HTC, codenamed Volantis, running the NVIDIA Tegra K1 chip. Given the curious status of the Nexus program, it’s interesting to see that multiple manufacturers possibly being tapped to develop new hardware.

But of course, these are all rumors, so we’ll have to sit tight and play the waiting game.
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I still don't understand the phablet craze. I want a phone that I can use with one hand, not one that requires both hands and a lot more work and won't even fit in my pocket. Maybe my opinion is a lot more unique than I realize, but I still don't get the appeal.

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The phablet, size-wise, fits between a standard-sized phone and a tablet. Being such, it is very attractive for people who want to buy just one device. Web pages are easier to navigate and read on a phablet than on a smaller phone, yet the phablet size is still phone functional.

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I guess that does make sense. I would just feel really weird having a phone that doesn't fit in my pocket. I hate carrying things around. I see why there would be a market though.

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I hope Shamu and all of the upper-tier next generation phones are being engineered with the Google Cardboard-like phone+VR platform in mind. That is, with HDMI input for video from PCs and consoles, 2K or 4K display (yes, 4K, believe it or not, Samsung's upcoming S6 is rumored to have a 4K display, certainly at least 2K, and Samsung is working very closely with Oculus), low-latency mode, two rear cameras for stereoscopic capture and AR, and Google Project Tango environment mapping integration. Imagine.

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lol killer shamu... not cool xD

Not a fan of big phones, just not a need for what i have to do. We will see.

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Can't wait for that phone to be free with a 2+ year contract. I see the slogan now "Free Willy".

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