The Nexus 6 will be Google's largest smartphone - not much more than an inch smaller than the Nexus 7 tablet (pictured above)

Google is reportedly preparing to unveil a new flagship Android smartphone with a 5.9-inch display that’s bigger even than the iPhone 6 Plus.

The phablet-sized Nexus 6 will continue Google’s line of Nexus devices, which have racked up only small sales but are beloved of Android fans for offering the company’s mobile operating system without manufacturer-added software.

The 5.9-inch display would make the Nexus 6 one of the largest devices on the market, larger than both Samsung’s current flagship (the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 4) and Apple’s foray into phablets (the iPhone 6 Plus has a screen size of 5.5 inches).

Although many European and US customers remain sceptical about large screen devices, their global popularity has been buoyed by success in Asian Pacific regions, where smartphones are the primary computing device.


Shipments of phablets have rocketed in recent years, with the devices accounting for 1 per cent of global sales in 2011 up to 24 per cent this year, according to data from researchers Strategy Analytics. In addition to the larger screen, older rumours suggest that the Nexus 6 will offer a quad-HD display (the same as LG’s G3 phablet) as well as 3GB of RAM and a quad-core 2.6GHz processor.

It’s also thought that Google could unveil a new Nexus tablet at the same event later this month, with the rumoured Nexus 9 offering an 8.9 display as well as a quad-HD display and a superfast Tegra K1 mobile processor.