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This may be our first (hazy) glimpse of the unannounced Huawei Nexus phablet

A muted, low-res video clocking in just 10 seconds stars a mysterious Huawei prototype that loosely fits the description of an oft-rumored future 5.7-inch Nexus.

Huawei Nexus

Android enthusiasts likely need to buckle up for a packed fall of exciting new premium phone announcements, with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ front and center. But just because we don’t know as much about HTC, Sony, LG, Huawei and Google’s H2 2015 flagship plans, it doesn’t mean we should disregard all the prospective iPhone 6s/6s Plus “killers.”

Take the second-generation Nexus 6. Following in the footsteps of the remarkable yet grossly overlooked Motorola from last year, this will probably come out of Huawei’s largely low-cost assembly line.

We don’t expect it to target a very economical price point though, as Quad HD screen resolution, 4 GB RAM, USB Type-C connectivity and a 21 MP camera headline the gossiped spec sheet thus far. Fingerprint recognition feels like another hardware guarantee, especially if we rely on the fishy new leaked hands-on clip embedded below.

There’s reason to trust the vid’s authenticity, namely the decent track record of French journalist Steve Hemmerstoffer, known on the Twittersphere as @onleaks. But even the otherwise reputable source of the information spill doesn’t seem certain of the gadget’s identity.

It could well be a looming non-Nexus Huawei handheld. Perhaps the Mate 8, albeit its previous visual exposes don’t line up with this one. Or maybe it’s a fake. A long scrapped test device. It’s definitely rough around the edges, so if real, it supposedly dates from a while back, undergoing drastic polishing work in the meantime.

Separate sources uphold the existence and imminence of a Huawei-made Nexus 6 (2015), calling for AMOLED display use. Why is that of interest? It isn’t… at first glance, but apparently, the panel supplier will be none other than Samsung.

Guess service quality and profit-hunting indeed trump petty rivalry. Kudos to Samsung for allegedly scoring a big component-producing contract, and congrats to Huawei also for seeking the best materials as far as their highest-profile launch is concerned.

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