Making Sense of Shamu: Motorola’s next flagship is the Moto S, and could be the first Android Silver device


It’s no secret now that Motorola will be responsible for the upcoming Nexus 6 phone, which is starting to look like a beast (specs-wise) of a device — something rarely seen in Nexus devices.

This new Motorola device, which is currently going by the codename “Shamu,” will apparently be called the “Moto S” once is comes to market.

Because this device (according to the photo at the top) seems like it’ll be branded as the Moto S, we believe that this could be the first Android Silver device, and not necessarily a Nexus phone, but there’s more to come on that for sure, so stay tuned.

The phone, which is looking to be a Verizon exclusive (for now), has some conflicting reports on specs, but some remain constant. Hit the break for all the details.

Before we start, a reminder: As with anything, all of this is unconfirmed — while we have reason to believe that most of this is fact, without anything being officially announced by Google, Motorola, Verizon (or whoever), please take this information with a grain of salt.

Here we go.

The device’s screen seems to be the biggest point of contention among leakers.

A recent report shows the device as having a 5.2-inch QHD display, which is of course conflicts with the previous rumors of a 5.9-inch 2K display on the Moto S. The 5.9-inch rumor came out in the early days of the “Shamu” news, so we’re betting on the former rather than the latter.

As for the rest of the leaked specs, the information seems to be rather constant and less contentious:


We’re looking at a quad-core, 2,649MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 2.9GB RAM, as well as 24GB internal storage. For cameras, there will be a 13MP rear camera with 4K UDH video recording abilities and a 2.1MP front snapper.

As is tradition, the Nexus 6 (Moto S/Shamu) will be released alongside Android L, as rumors point to the phone coming with the new OS already loaded up on it.



Source: TK Tech News

About the Author: Harrison Kaminsky

Harrison is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh completing a major in communication and a minor in economics. Aside from writing for TalkAndroid, he is the managing editor at The Pitt News, a digital marketing intern at Buzzhoney in Pittsburgh, founder and owner of He's currently using an HTC One (M8) and Nexus 7 (2013). Harrison is excited for the next release of Android, and for whatever the future holds for the tech world. Tweet him at @Harry_Kaminsky.

  • Tyler Shaw

    As a Verizon customer, this is probably the closest I’ll get to a Nexus device. Needless to say I’ll trade my GS5 for this in a heartbeat.

    • creator78

      I was thinking about getting the x1 but if this is indeed an android silver phone on vzw I’ll be all over this.

    • Justin_Herrick

      I agree with that statement! I got rid of my Galaxy Nexus in June for the One (M8). If they bring it at an alright off-contract price, I will probably jump on it. I do not expect Verizon to come in at $349, but $399/449 and we may have a deal.

    • erikiksaz

      The moto X is the next closest thing to a nexus. Hell, it has a better track record than the galaxy nexus on verizon, and it got its updates faster than some true nexus devices.

  • qkflies

    I highly doubt that any upcoming Nexus device will be a VZW exclusive. This “Shamu” device (if true) will more likely be an Android Silver device.

  • ClickFire_

    “Rarely seen in nexus devices” ??

    Is he joking? The Nexus 5 had top of the line flagship specs when it was released in 2013 and it still can run with the big boys in 2014.

    • Chazz Matthews

      and the Nexus 4 had the fasted quad core CPU at the time, being almost replica of the LG Optimus G. These people don’t have a clue what they are writing about.

      The gen3 Galaxy Nexus (end of 2011) had 4.65″ 720p HD display (one of the first, if not the first smartphone to do so) a dual core CPU which benchmarked higher than the iPhone of that year as well as the Galaxy S model of that year. Even 10 months later (when it got Jelly Bean) it was competing well with the NEXT year’s iPhone and the next year’s Galaxy S3.