You can never have too much of a good thing, and for Google, the Nexus lineup is very much a good thing. The latest scuttlebutt about Google’s plans say there will be two new Nexus smartphones released 2015: a normal-sized phone from LG, and a phablet by Huawei.
The LG version will be a 5.2-inch handset currently codenamed Angler, while Huawei’s is a 5.7-inch slab dubbed Bullhead, according to Android Police, which has a terrific track record when it comes to leaks. Both devices are expected to show up in October.
One thing that won’t be coming this year, the Android-focused site says, is a new Nexus tablet. Meaning anyone looking for a Nexus slate will have to stick with the Nexus 9 for now—unless we get a surprise at this week’s Google I/O event.
Rumored specs for the two new smartphones are pretty thin. There’s no word on resolution or storage capacity for either device. As far as processors go, LG’s phone is expected to pack the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, while the Huawei phone should get the Snapdragon 810. The only other rumored specs to speak of are the batteries, which Android Police expects to be a 2700mAh for the Angler and 3500mAh for the Bullhead.
The story behind the story: One question that can’t yet be answered is how much these devices will cost. The last Nexus device, the Nexus 6, parted from tradition by being rather expensive, while previous devices were meant to be reasonably priced. LG’s last Nexus device was the Nexus 5, a $350 device.
Two phones, two possibilities
The idea of producing two Nexus devices seems odd and conflicts with the whole point of the Nexus line. Until now it was all about offering one solid, flagship devices that shows off plain vanilla Android. No overlays, no gimmicks, just Android.
Having two phones would add a level of complexity we haven’t yet seen in Nexus land—though it makes sense in a world now split between phablet lovers and phablet haters.
Android Police even suggests the two phones will meet different needs. It calls the LG phone the “The 2015 Nexus 5 everyone as been begging for,” while Huawei’s is “is more or less a 2015 Nexus 6, but with a slightly more manageable form factor.”
That suggests both phones would be available worldwide.
Another possibility, however, is that these are two Nexus phones for two different parts of the world.
Huawei has had a tough time cracking the U.S. market thanks to political troubles and a general indifference from American smartphone shoppers. To date, the four major carriers do not carry a Huawei phone. Last June, Huawei resorted to selling phones directly to U.S. consumers.
A partnership with Google and prime promotional space on the Google Store could be Huawei’s next attempt to break into the U.S. market. But it’s just as likely Huawei will sell its Nexus wares anywhere but here.
It’ll be a few months until we know for sure. In the meantime let’s keep those Nexus rumors coming.