The Huawei Nexus is but one of two Nexus smartphones Google intends to release this year for Android consumers worldwide, and we’ve already seen some rumors surrounding the handset. Now, favorite leakster @evleaks has provided updated specs for the new handset, which confirms what we’ve heard.
The Huawei Nexus will feature a 5.7-inch, Quad HD display with 2,560 x 1,440p screen resolution and have a fingerprint scanner – all things we’d heard up until now. As for other details, the Huawei Nexus will have a metal body and ship in Q4 2015, hinting at an October-November release, which is the usual announcement time for Google’s Nexus series.
The biggest piece of information leaked by Evan Blass (aka evleaks) concerns the processor for two reasons. First, Huawei releases its smartphones with Kirin processors, but the Huawei Nexus will mark one phone released by Huawei without the homegrown processor. This isn’t too unique, however, when you consider that Google and Qualcomm partner together with all new Nexus releases. While Huawei will have a hand in designing one of the two next Nexus devices, the Nexus line is still Google’s, and Google intends to keep its existing partnerships.
So, the Snapdragon 820 processor is confirmed with evleaks’s post, showing that Qualcomm’s been busy with a processor that will make consumers forget all about the disappointing Snapdragon 810 processor. The Snapdragon 820 had been rumored for some time, but we now know of its existence and that Qualcomm intends to bring it to market as soon as possible.
Evleaks says that these specs alone are “impressive,” but the Huawei Nexus specs that have been leaked frequently confirm 2015 industry-standard specs such as a Quad HD resolution, fingerprint scanner, and octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The 820 will likely arrive to other handsets by the end of the year, but the Huawei Nexus just may be the first to arrive to the market with the 820 inside.
The 5.7-inch display should be revisited again. Last year’s Motorola Nexus had a near 6-inch display, with many a tech reviewer criticizing the display size as the reason why the Nexus 6 was “out of reach,” both figuratively and literally. The Quad HD display headed to the Huawei Nexus will need optimization with regard to battery life. We still don’t know the battery size headed to the device, but rumors state that at least a 3,000mAh battery is mandatory. Google went with a 3,220mAh battery in the Nexus 6 that can get through a day of use, so we can only hope that the battery life in the upcoming Huawei Nexus will go past the endurance of its predecessor.
What do you think of the Huawei Nexus? Is there something you’d like to see in the device when it arrives in a few months?