Steve Hemmerstoffer teamed up with uSwitch to leak digital renders of the purported upcoming LG-made Nexus yesterday. Today, the team are back with their first look at what could be this year’s flagship Nexus device. As rumoured multiple times, this device is expected to be manufactured by one of China’s biggest Android OEMs, Huawei.
From the picture, unlike the LG model, the camera isn’t placed inside a large, entered protrusion on the back. This could be because the device’s body is mostly made from metal similar like Huawei’s P8 and Ascend Mate series phones. If it is true, we could see a glass panel on the top and bottom with a design that looks similar to Apple’s smartphones a couple years back.
As the leak published based on “detail blueprints”, the color of these tops and bottom panels is pure guesswork since blueprints normally will not reveal color schemes/materials.
Dual-tone LED flash and the main camera are located inside the top glass panel which appears to be slightly raised from the rest of the phone, forming a slight bump near to the top.
If you look at the back carefully, you will see a fingerprint sensor in the back coloured to match the phone’s chassis. There is a USB Type-C connector on the bottom edge. All this is housed in phone which is only 6.6mm at its thinnest point and 8.5mm at its thickest.
Another debate is about the screen size. Huawei has allegedly been testing both 5.5-inch and 5.7-inch models of the Nexus which the latter being the most likely options. While LG is going with a 5.2-inch screen for its 2015 Nexus 5, then 5.7-inches certainly makes the most sense for the larger phone.
We are expecting an official Nexus unveiling at some point between now and the holiday seasons, with a launch in Q4 together with Android M. However, this is all just rumours until the announcement is made.