5.9-inch Motorola Nexus confirmed by Second Source

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Over the weekend, news of a new Nexus phablet broke, and it went by the codename Shamu. It’s a fitting name considering the device is said to come in at 5.9-inches. Today a second source chimed in adding fuel to the fire, and all signs point towards a Nexus phablet this fall.

Android Police had the scoop on the Motorola Nexus Shamu, and all that was known is that was said to be a 5.9-inch smartphone with a fingerprint scanner. Their sources tipped the phablet for a November release, but nothing was known about the specs. Today a new report hit the net that backs up the claims made a few days ago.

According to a report from The Information, Motorola is indeed working on a Nexus phablet, and they confirmed it with multiple sources. The move may seem surprising considering the Lenovo deal, but Google supposedly starting working with Motorola on a Nexus 6 device, as they wanted to take advantage of Touchless Control and Active Display on the new Nexus.

It would have been odd for Google to skip a Nexus release this year, so this is great news for consumers itching to get the stock Android experience and timely updates. That said, I don’t think anyone expected the Nexus Shamu to be a 5.9-inch phablet. A fingerprint scanner was hinted at months ago, but the size is surprising. It brings a couple of interesting questions to light as well.

The Nexus brand has always been known for its affordability, and the fingerprint scanner and increased size should raise the price. Some people aren’t going to dig the 5.9-inch size either, so unless there’s a smaller variant, they stand to lose some sales.

As the Nexus 6 is expected to launch in November, we are bound to see some leaks over the next few months. Needless to say, it will be interesting to see what the companies have planned for the supersized Nexus 6.

Is 5.9-inches too big for you or will you throw your money at a Nexus phablet?

Adam is a tech aficionado and Android enthusiast. When he's not checking out new tech, you can find him playing poker or binge-watching shows on Netflix.