If you spend even half as much time as I do reading news about Chinese smartphones, you’ll likely be aware that Huawei are almost ready to launch a Nexus device for Google. It’s gone from unsubstantiated rumour, to barely substantiated rumour to a pretty believable one and now we’re getting those much loved anonymous specification dumps that tend to happen before phones get released. So, with Google changing up the formula by releasing two Nexus phones, what are we in for?

Starting with Huawei’s debut Nexus effort, it looks like a truly high end effort from the Chinese and American partnership. Details are light, but it’s said to feature a monumental 5.7″ QHD AMOLED screen (2560×1440 pixels), a 21MP rear camera (a Sony made IMX230 sensor, no less), a metal unibody design and Rezence/WiPower wireless charging. That last feature is now possible thanks to Qualcomm updating their wireless charging standard to work with metal phones.

Unfortunately, that’s all we know about the mysterious device, but we do know a great deal more about LG’s new ‘un. Coming off the back of the success they (and Google) found with the Nexus 5, they’re not changing up much here. The new Nexus 5 will feature a 5.2-inch full HD 1080p P-OLED display, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 processor, up to 4GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM, up to 64GB of eMMC 5.1 internal storage, a 3180mAh non-removable battery, a MediaTek MT3188 wireless charging receiver, and a Marvell Avastar 88W8897 connectivity chipset for 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.2.

Those are very strong mid-range specifications, but the leak doesn’t stop there. The Nexus 5 will also feature dual front facing speakers, a rear mounted power button with fingerprint scanner, a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, a 4MP front facing camera with Iris detection for secure logging in, USB Type-C and QuickCharge 2.0.

Finally, the LG Nexus 5 will feature an aluminium frame with a matte plastic back and be priced around £190 to £250.

UPDATE: Here’s a leaked picture of the back of the LG Nexus 6, showing two holes, one for the alleged rear mounted power button/fingerprint scanner and one for that 13MP camera.


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