Huawei is definitely making a new Nexus for 2016 according to one executive
There’s been a ton of rumours doing the rounds which have all pointed to HTC handling Google’s Nexus line-up for 2016, and many of these rumours even indicate a three-year deal which will see Google and HTC in cahoots on the project going forward. There’s been so much talk about HTC, and not much about other Nexus partners such as LG, Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei that all thoughts of a non-HTC Nexus seem to have fallen by the wayside.
Huawei previously built the Nexus 6P, and as of June 2 the firm launched its Huawei P9 handset in South Africa – according to a report from Gearburn one of the firm’s executives spoke out at the event with regard to Nexus 2016 projects. Charlene Munilall, Huawei’s general manager of its phone business in South Africa, was asked why Nexus handsets had not been made available in the country, but point blank she said “we’re dong the Nexus again this year, by the way.” Can’t get much clearer than that!
The revelation also fits in with comments made by other Huawei execs following the announcement of Google’s Daydream VR project; none other than Huawei Director Richard Yu confirmed that the company plans to launch a Daydream compatible handset in Autumn, during an interview with the Wall Street Journal. While this could be alluding to a non-Nexus Huawei device that is specced for Daydream, it seems reasonable to suppose that whatever Nexus devices Google launches going forward, whether Huawei, HTC or otherwise, will be Daydream compatible. Yu also stated that Huawei’s team-up with Leica for camera tech was a long-term partnership for at least five years, but although that means we can expect to see more Leica camera-equipped Huawei devices we wouldn’t go banking on the next Huawei Nexus to pack such a dual-camera setup.
What could Huawei’s 2016 Nexus handset be like? Well given the way Google has operated with repeat partnerships with LG the safe money is on it being another Nexus 6P revamp with better specs rather than anything drastic. Naturally we’ll be keeping an eye out for more info as it emerges, but by all means leave us your Nexus 6P 2016 (or whatever you think it should be called!) wishlist in the comments below!