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LG: The New Nexus Rollout

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Keeping up with tradition, Google has yet again paired up with an OEM to manufacture a new Nexus device for the year which also runs their newest mobile OS, the yet to launch Android M in a ‘vanilla’ and ‘pure’ form. But there’s actually a twist this time. It has been hinted by multiple sources close to the development that this year, Google has not paired up with one, but TWO OEMs and is planning to release two Nexus devices. According to the leaked details, one smaller Nexus, probably the 2015 version of the Nexus 5, will be made by LG. the other Nexus is surprisingly hinted to be manufactured by the Chinese firm Huawei.

 

The LG device is speculated to be Google’s budget Nexus packing moderate specifications while the Huawei one will be the company’s actual flagship, to be the most feature heavy and as a result, more expensive.

 

LG already has a lot of experience building Nexus devices, as they have already built not one but two devices before the one being speculated for this year- the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5.

 

Both the devices were extremely popular and were highly successful due to their top-of-the-notch specs and the extremely affordable price factor. So, it won’t be wrong to expect a similar pricing and also a similar success with the new Nexus.

LG Nexus 5 (2015) Speculated Benchmark
LG Nexus 5 (2015) Speculated Benchmark

The above benchmark result was leaked a few days ago. Frankly, the score is absolutely unbelievable.

Expected Specs

On 3 August, GizmoChina published an extensive list of specs for the new Nexus 5. It claims that the LG-built Nexus will feature:

  • 5.2-inch full HD 1080p P-OLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 (MSM8976) processor
  • Up to 4GB RAM
  • Up to 64GB of internal storage
  • 3180mAh non-removable battery
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.2
  • Front stereo speakers
  • Rear power button with integrated fingerprint sensor
  • 13 MP rear camera
  • 4 MP front camera with iris detection
  • USB Type-C connector with QuickCharge 2.0

The Chinese site also claimed that the handset would feature an aluminum frame and a matte plastic back cover. Note that GizmoChina does not say where or how it obtained this information, so we should probably take it with a pinch of salt.

According to Android Police though, the new device will be the LG Bullhead, a 5.2-inch device with a Snapdragon 808 processor and 2,700 mAh battery.

Design

LG's Nexus 5 (2015)
LG’s Nexus 5 (2015)

The above picture was leaked on twitter by @OnLeaks

 

Based on these images, a few things can be speculated. Some people have suggested that the two circular cut-outs indicate a dual-lens camera for the Nexus 5 (2015), but since the upper cut-out is raised and the lower one is flat (as seen in the bottom right image), it’s more likely that the bottom hole houses a fingerprint scanner (makes more sense as the bottom hole has a flat case-edge). The square cutout on the left is then most probably for the camera flash.

 

What do you think?

 

OnLeaks is typically reliable, but device designs can change at any moment. Even if the above cases are reflective of the current Nexus 5 (2015) design— which is entirely possible— there’s nothing to say it will stay that way.

Expected Price

 

Most sources have hinted that the new Nexus will feature the same (or similar) price tag as the Nexus 5 had, i.e. $355 for the 16 GB model and $400 for the 32GB one. If that is the case, probably LG may have another commercially successful Nexus up its sleeve.

Release Date

All the Nexus devices launch during October, with the new Android version being showcased in August. But as there are two devices being speculated for launching, one of them ought to launch earlier than usual. If that is the case, the LG device can make an appearance in September itself. Only time will tell.

 

With that said, only LG and Google might know what the latest Nexus might be like but we will know the real details in a few weeks time. So let’s just wait and watch.

 

Nexus devices have been great, here’s a tribute to them.

If you have plans of buying a new phone, be sure to check this out.

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