Current rumours about the Google Nexus 6 paint a very inviting vanilla Android device on release date but major spikes in specs and features could still come in if the power behind the next Nexus phone is Qualcomm's 64-bit true eight-core Snapdragon 810.
The giant chipmaker revealed this week its latest dragon CPU that actually is the combo of two quad-core processing chips - the ARM Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53. Partnering with this Qualcomm muscle car is an Adreno 430 GPU that is able to fire up any high-specced display screens thrown its way.
In short, the 810 is a monster chip that can easily take down any of Apple's A7 or A8 CPU, both in 64-bit architecture, in any given day.
But the trouble is, Qualcomm will only begin shipping the 810 in early 2015 so flagship Android devices, the Nexus 6 including, will have to wait awhile before actually showcasing the might of the upcoming Snapdragon chip.
What if Google successfully persuaded Qualcomm to advance the Snapdragon 810 production and shipment calendars and let the chip debut with the Nexus 6 later this 2014?
That happening is quite remote for now but in such event, it will make the Nexus 5 sequel a beastly device with the exciting capabilities below:
2K display panel
Adreno 430, according to CNET, will allow device manufacturers to finally create a smartphone with an enrapturing 2K display resolution or up to 2560 x 1600 screen pixels. One bonus is the 430's support of external playback of up to 4K resolution via HDMI connection.
Such prospect could easily overwhelm the iPhone 6 that is rumoured to sport a 4.7-inch screen profile, relying on Quantum Dot technology for the graphic engine. The GPU, CNET added, is faster by 30 per cent when compared to the previous Adreno.
Efficient power juice use
While providing more muscles than before and beaming out a more immersive screen device experience, the Snapdragon 810 and Adreno 430 tandem make for "an exceptionally low power consumption that does not sacrifice performance," Qualcomm said on its press release.
Twenty per cent more of battery hours can be expected from any device that counts on the 810 for power requirements, the chipmaker added.
Last week, Apple has been reported to use LPDDR4 RAM on the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2. Not to be outdone, the 810 chipset is also able to accommodate the same memory class, which Qualcomm labelled as super-fast memory module.
That translates to speedy and accurate performance for the Nexus 6.
Nokia-beating 55MP rear cam sensor
Nokia is the current king of smartphone camera but this would not be the case if an 810-powered Nexus 6 hits the market. According to Gotta Be Mobile, the 64-bit chip fully supports endowment of up to 55 megapixels, easily thrusting the next Nexus to the top of the food chain.
For now, there is no solid assurance if the Snapdragon 810 will get unboxed in time for the Nexus 6 release date, which is speculated to take form beginning in the second half of 2014 or immediately after the Google I/O Developers Conference on late June.