The LG-made “Angler” allegedly measures 5.2 inches in diagonal, the Huawei “Bullhead” is an ultra-high-end 5.7 incher, while last year’s HTC Nexus 9 may not produce a sequel… just yet.
With Motorola most likely out of the picture, Samsung perfectly content to brand its own devices, plus HTC and Sony knee-deep in financial woes, Google was essentially left with only a couple of viable choices for 2015 Nexus hardware-making partners.
Of course, on-the-rise Huawei and industry veteran LG seemed a little more than just “viable” candidates, so the search giant had a pretty difficult call to make. Here’s an idea, though, why not go with both?
That way, there will be no hard feelings from either OEM, and the Nexus roster can finally gain in diversity, pleasing phablet fanatics as well as “old-fashioned” lovers of compact form factors. Enter the 2015 Nexus 5, aka 5.2-inch LG Angler, and second-gen N6, aka 5.7-inch Huawei Bullhead.
Notice the recurrent use of aquatic codenames, the marginal size increase of the OG 2013 N5 and original N6 shrinkage. Clearly, the gigantic 6-inch experiment failed. Not the premium, extravagantly priced test run, however, since Android Police feels fairly confident the “Bullhead” shall pack Snapdragon 810 processing power and 3,500 mAh battery juice.
Needless to point out a “sensible” price tag thus becomes unattainable, especially if Android M brings native fingerprint support to the Nexus program. Not to mention the S810 chip will likely be paired with at least 3 gigs of RAM, and the 5.7-inch display can’t possibly settle for a lower pixel count than Quad HD.
Meanwhile, the oft-rumored, oft-delayed (for some reason) Nexus 5-2 should borrow LG G4’s hexa-core Snapdragon 808 CPU and deliver robust 2,700 mAh cell capacity. Affordability might be easier to achieve here, as long as screen resolution is contained at Full HD.
Obviously, the specs are still subject to last-minute tweaks, but for the first time in history, we’re pretty sure Google wants to bring two Nexus phones to market during the same calendar year.
What Mountain View will reportedly look to sacrifice to crank up handheld production and distribution is a new “pure Google” tablet. That’s right, according to rock-solid sources, there’s no Nexus 9 follow-up in the works. A long overdue third-gen N7? Maybe next year.
Probably not, though, as even iPads are hurting now that conventional PCs slowly but steadily regain their box-office form.