A tweet from infamous leakster, Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), this morning reveals a few previously unknown details about the supposed upcoming Huawei-made Nexus phone. If his tweet has genuine information we could see a phone powered by a Snapdragon 820 chip with a 5.7-inch QHD display and a fingerprint sensor…
The fingerprint sensor is really no surprise at all, for two reasons. Firstly, when announcing Android ‘M’ at its keynote during the opening of the I/O conference, Google announced a new fingerprint API along with Android Pay. Secondly, the number of manufacturers using fingerprint sensors in phones has risen exponentially over recent years. It follows trend perfectly.
What is interesting is the purported switch to a 5.7-inch screen. The current Nexus 6 is something of a behemoth with its 6.0-inch display (0r 5.98-inches if you want to be super specific). Shrinking back down to well below the sub-6″ mark could signal a timely retreat to a more sensible screen size.
Huawei Nexus sounds impressive so far: 5.7″ QHD w/ metal body, SD820 SoC, fingerprint reader. Ships Q4.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 15, 2015
As for a Q4 release, that was pretty much taken for granted already. It’s the usual annual timeframe for a Nexus phone, putting it on market just in time for the holiday season.
We’ve heard several reports now stating that Huawei will be making the next Nexus phone. Part of choosing a Chinese manufacturer is to help Google find a way to get its other services — like the Play Store — in to China.
There is, as always, a chance that this information is incorrect. But given Blass’s previous reliability, and the fact that none of this is immediately surprising or unbelievable, I’m hard pushed to find any real arguments against it.