Whether you’ve ummed and ahhed over LG mobile phones before, all of us at Ausdroid agree on one thing; LG have made fantastic Nexus devices, and so it is with bated breath and much anticipation that we report on the rumour that LG will make another Nexus phone this year, alongside one from Huawei.
A news report from Korea indicates LG’s next Nexus will be a premium device, running Android M out of the box (duh) and supposedly featuring a 3D camera. That last bit is a bit of out left field, but other phones have used the dual camera recently (HTC One M8 and M8S) to reasonable effect.
Unfortunately, my Korean isn’t all that crash hot, so I have to make do with Google’s translation of Korean to some mangled form of English, but the camera module is the stand-out in an otherwise fairly bland report.
Where does this sit on the rumour barometer? Well, let’s look at facts:
- LG have made the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 already.
- Both were rather popular compared to those that came before (and after).
- LG have a brilliant platform in-market already: the G4.
- The G4 would look wonderful in Nexus clothes.
- Android M has been previewed, and is all but guaranteed to launch end of this year, alongside a new Nexus handset (or handsets).
- The Nexus 6 from Motorola, though not much good (in my humble opinion) was priced as a ‘premium’ device. There’s precedent for a higher-priced Nexus phone now.
In short, there’s good reason to believe LG may be making a new Nexus handset, but it is just speculation at this stage in the game. LG and Huawei are undoubtedly remaining tight-lipped at this stage, as manufacturers almost never let slip that they’re working with Google ahead of a Google announcement.