We’ve talked much about the LG Nexus 2015, but few details on the Huawei Nexus have been given. Even the photos we originally thought were for the Huawei Nexus turned out to be the upcoming Nexus 5X. At the same time, we had hope even then that with the new phone on its way at the end of this month, something would turn up.
And now, official information about the Huawei Nexus has now turned up, information that no longer is just rumor but provides a document that can be verified. MyDrivers has found the Huawei Nexus in testing and, though the Chinese may be difficult to understand, we can read the numbers however – which tell all we need to know about the device.
First, the Huawei Nexus, codenamed “Huawei Angler,” after a fish, will have a 5.5-inch display with a Quad HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440p. This is in contrast to the LG Nexus 2015’s 5.2-inch, Full HD (1920 x 1080p) display, so the Huawei Nexus looks to be the more expensive of the two Nexus devices. We can also see from the numbers that the Huawei Nexus will feature Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor. Interestingly enough, Huawei intends to run this processor at 1.6Ghz, rather low for its processor; then again, the Snapdragon 810 does have a tendency to overheat. We’re not surprised that the last thing Huawei wants to do is overclock this processor. Huawei is usually known for implementing its Kirin processors in smartphones, but Google is always using Qualcomm’s processors. We’re not surprised Huawei’s made this switch.
One point we heard but hadn’t seen pertains to the USB Type-C charging. For now, OnePlus is the only manufacturer to emerge with USB Type-C in the OnePlus 2, but it looks as though Huawei and Google are preparing to bring the same charging to the Huawei Nexus as LG will bring to the LG Nexus 2015 or Nexus 5X. This means that Nexus buyers will be able to experience the joys of reversible charging, with little need to worry about which end to plug into the USB port. USB Type-C is also known for faster charging, and we sure hope so: according to performance videos, OnePlus’s OnePlus 2 takes 3 hours or more to charge — which seems as though USB Type-C charging isn’t helping all much.
3GB of RAM will come with the Huawei Nexus, but it’s likely that you’re looking at LPDDR3 RAM, not the LPDDR4 RAM found in Samsung’s Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, and Galaxy Note5. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is on board, so the Huawei Nexus will be one of the first to feature the latest in Android right out of the box. Samsung has been rumored to manufacture the Huawei Nexus’s AMOLED display, which means you can expect Samsung’s trademark “Super AMOLED” resolution and a gorgeous display.
Looking at the performance of the device, however, the scores are on the “ok” side, nothing spectacular. With a single-core score of 1156 and a multi-core score of 3641, the Huawei Nexus near-matches last year’s Motorola Nexus 6 in single-core tasks; when it comes to multi-core tasks, however, this year’s Huawei Nexus will outperform last year’s Nexus in multitasking. These results, however, are nowhere near the Galaxy S6’s single and multi-core scores of 1500+ (single-core) and 5000+ (multi-core), respectively. To check out Nexus 6 and Galaxy S6 benchmark scores, you can head here.
Overall, we’re sure the Huawei Nexus will cost more than the LG Nexus, so you’re likely looking at a $500 price tag for the Huawei Nexus. The LG Nexus 2015 or Nexus 5X will cost $349 (16GB) and $399 (32GB), from what we’ve been told – although these prices and storage versions haven’t yet been validated by any tangible evidence, either.
The Huawei Nexus and Nexus 5X (LG Nexus 2015) are both set to be unveiled on September 29th.