Google’s September 29th event announced this morning is rumoured to be where we’ll see the first sight of the new Chromecast, but more importantly new Nexus phones. The rumour this year is that we’ll see two Neuxs phones with one built by LG and a larger model built by Huawei, and now there seems to be names for them.
The LG built Nexus, known internally at Google by the fishy name ‘Bullhead’, will be called the Nexus 5X according to a rumour from Android Authority a couple of weeks back which also rumoured the price to begin at US$400. Overnight the guys at DroidLife have apparently received confirmation from a source of theirs that the Nexus 6 2015, known internally at Google by it’s fish codename of ‘Angler’, will be called the Nexus 6P.
Spec wise, the LG built Nexus 5X will have a 5.2″ screen, though rumours about resolution are split between 1080P and QHD (2560×1440). A Snapdragon 808 is very heavily rumoured to be under the hood with 3GB of RAM with either 16GB or 32GB of storage and powered by a 2700mAh battery.
The rear of the phone shown in leaks to date have shown a protruding camera bump which will house a 12.3MP camera which may include Optical Image Stabilisation and from the looks of it, laser auto-focus is included as well next to an LED Flash.
Colour wise, the phone look set to come in the traditional ‘Panda’ colour options of Black (or possibly a Dark Blue) and White, but a recent leak pointed towards a mint colour option as well, though that could just be a prototype with Google playing around with colour variants.
Google’s big (hah) hope this year is the larger screened Nexus 6P built by partner Huawei – currently the number 1 manufacturer of mobile phones in China and number 3 manufacturer in the world. The Huawei Nexus partnership is an important one for Google with hopes that the Huawei Nexus will be a bridge for the company into the potentially highly lucrative Chinese market.
The larger screened Nexus 6P with its 5.7″ QHD (2560×1440) resolution display is set to be a more premium option with a rumoured metal body construction along the lines of their recent P8 and Mate S launches which have shown the manufacturing prowess of the company to build a solid piece of hardware.
Under that metal body hood is rumoured to be a Snapdragon 810 (V2.1) processor with cores clocked at 1.9GHz and 3GB of RAM. Storage options range from 32-128GB on this option according to some rumours, finally ending the 16GB option. A massive battery over 3,000mAh is expected to power the Nexus 6P which when paired with new power saving features such as Doze in Android Marshmallow, could mean great battery life.
Rumours for the camera point to a camera similar to that of the Nexus 5X, with a 12.3MP camera with OIS and laser auto-focus. As you can see from the leaked photo above, the phone has a unique camera bump on the rear.
Being a dual release, the Nexus phones will both feature a fingerprint scanner, a feature backed up by both leaks of the phones and the announcement of fingerprint support in Android Marshmallow that the Nexus phones are built as reference devices for. Also, though not shown as yet in anything other than renders, the phones will both have a USB-C connector on the bottom of the phone, something that Google advised during I/O this year.
The naming and specs aren’t for certain until that September 29th event rolls around, but it seems pretty solid.