The rumours surrounding the upcoming Nexus phone (or phones if rumours are to be believed) have apparently been made a little clearer today, with a source apparently confirming that Huawei has partnered with Google to release the next Nexus phone.
According to IB Times UK, a source ‘familiar with the matter’ within Huawei’s UK division has confirmed the Chinese company is working with Google to build the next Nexus phone in an attempt to build their brand profile in western markets. While their source confirmed that the company is working with Google to build the phone, unfortunately they couldn’t (or wouldn’t) divulge any specifications.
Rumours for the Huawei built Nexus seem to centre around an upcoming phone for the company called the Mate 8. Rumours for both phones point to a 5.7″ QHD resolution display, with a metal unibody design and powered by a Huawei built Kirin processor.
The rumour from IBTimes mentions Huawei’s wish to build their brand profile in western markets, which Huawei has definitely been trying to do over the last couple of years. Huawei has become more recognisable and indeed became the first Chinese manufacturer to enter the MillwardBrown ‘BrandZ’ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands list this year.
Their source went on to talk about the lack of Google services available in China, something that would possibly prevent or hinder sales of even a Huawei built Nexus in their home market, where they hold the top spot in the sales charts. This issue would be worked around according to their source.
China is a massive market, and one which Google is keen to enter, though lack of paid apps in Google Play in China has left the app store as a very poor cousin to other options available.
Google has kept to an October announcement, November release schedule for the last couple of years for Nexus devices, so we have a few more months to wait to see if we get a single Huawei Nexus, or perhaps a choice of two Nexus phones.
Would you buy a 5.7″ Huawei Nexus?