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Nexus 5 (2015) – Huawei or LG?

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There is undoubtedly a lot of wild rumors floating around when it comes to the next Nexus devices. Many tech commentators have been speculating about who is going to manufacture successors to Google’s aging smartphone offering.

The original Nexus 5 was manufactured by LG and has been released in 2013. There is no denying that by today’s standards it is not by any means a flagship phone. It seems natural that the next Nexus device would also be manufactured by LG, however, things seem a little bit more complicated than that. It runs out that there is a high possibility that Google is going to release two devices at the same time – one manufactured by LG and the other one manufactured by Huawei.

The LG device is often referred to as Nexus 5 (2015) while the Huawei device is being called Nexus 6 despite the fact that both devices are probably going to represent Nexus 5 model line. Let us take a closer look at what we know about these devices.

Nexus 5 (2015) from LG is rumored to have Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or 808. Snapdragon 820 is expected to be built on 14nm FinFET technology with four Hydra 64-bit CPUs and Adreno 530 GPU. The 808 is powered by Dual-core ARM Cortex A57 at up to 2 GHz and quad-core A53 with 64-bit support. It is clear that both of these SOCs (system on the chip) will be capable of delivering some serious processing power that should satisfy even the most demanding applications. We can also expect fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C, and capable 2700 mAh battery because Google will want to showcase all new features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There have been a lot of speculations about the screen size of Nexus 5, but it now seems that it is going to be 5.2” display with either full HD or 2k resolution. The lower resolution is, of course, better in terms of battery life while the higher resolution would produce a truly superb picture quality and great marketing point. We can also expect a high-resolution camera with LG’s laser autofocus technology for fast and precise focusing since this same technology has been very popular in LG G3 and LG G4 devices. Nexus 5 (2015) by LG should be available at the end of September.

The second Nexus device is being developed by Huawei and will expand the Nexus line of mobile device with its 5.7” display that perfectly fills the 5.5”+ market. There is a strong possibility that Huawei will use their own HiSilicon SoCs instead of Qualcomm. This means that Huawei could use their Kirin 950 SoC which uses four ARM Cortex-A72 cores and four energy efficient Cortex-A53 CPU cores coupled with ARM Mali-T880 GPU. It is certain that Nexus 6 is going to have USB Type-C connector, a larger (probably 3500 mAh) battery, and 2k display. This resolution would put the display at 515ppi and the larger battery would compensate for the higher power consumption. Since 2k display are going to be among top selling features of Android smartphones it is unlikely that this phone would not receive one. There is sadly only a little information about the camera, but we can expect a high-resolution sensor with optical image stabilization and advanced autofocus technology. Nexus 6 by Huawei is likely to be released in October – about a month later after Nexus 5 (2015).

So far, both devices look amazing and if at least majority of rumors will actually come true then we are looking at two very competitive flagship smartphones. Their screen sizes are going to be the crucial deciding factors since both of them are at the absolute high-end in terms of their hardware. Larger phones above 5.5” are not for everyone and it is great that Google acknowledges this while still catering to the ever-expanding portion of buyers who are choosing the largest possible screen sizes. We have to wait until the end of September to see how the next Nexus devices will perform in the wild.