Huawei Nexus: would Google build one? Would you buy it?

by: Matthew BensonMarch 5, 2015
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An interesting rumor has been floating around the internet for the past few days, though it’d be easy to miss with all the commotion MWC 2015 has created. Hidden away, seemingly in a corner at the moment, is a fascinating assertion, one that has the potential to -if true- change the very landscape and mindset of the Western consumer. What could be so scandalous? What if I were to tell you that the next Nexus may be made by a Chinese OEM. And not like Motorola-Chinese mind you. No, the next Nexus is allegedly going to be manufactured by none other than Huawei.

Making sense of the Situation

Last week, GizmoChina published a story that suggested a Chinese OEM would be tasked with the next Nexus based on a post it had seen on Sina Weibo, the world’s largest country’s sprawling SNS. In the Weibo post, it was alleged that Google plans to partner with a Chinese phone maker for the release of a new Nexus, which could arrive sometime in the second half of this year. Earlier this week, the rumor was followed up by an unofficial confirmation that Huawei was the chosen company.

The confirmation came from neither Huawei or Google, instead Kevin Wang, the Director of China Research at market research firm iSuppli, asserted that Huawei had been picked as Google’s next partner. It is impossible to say where Wang is getting his information from, or if it is simply a bold prediction and nothing more. For that matter, we can’t say for sure that Google is even considering partnering with a Chinese company for a Nexus device. That said, we can understand some of the reasons why Google might consider working with a Chinese giant like Huawei for production of a new Nexus phone, or even tablet.

Why, China. Why? This is why.

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Peak-a-boo, I might be coming for you!

China is the biggest market in the world. The potential money that companies like Google can earn from even a fraction of a segment of the population is so incredibly high that it just can not be ignored from a business/capital standpoint. This market has also been difficult for Google to crack in earnest and so it’s no secret that Mountain View is eager to make in-roads this year. While the Play Store exists in China technically, due to laws within the country, only free applications can be distributed. On the other hand, take a look at just how much competition there is within the (non Play) paid app marketplaces:

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As you can see, Google Play isn’t even listed in the top 20, although Xiaomi is within the top 5, Huawei and Oppo in the top 10, and Lenovo in the top 15. If Google could even rank on this list period it would be a major boon not only for its own revenue purposes, but also for countless developers who could benefit from the sudden influx of a new market, especially one as plentiful as that in China. By producing a handset in partnership with a popular Chinese brand, Google might finally find the in it needs to lure Chinese consumers over to the Play Store and other Google services.

What might we expect from a Huawei Nexus

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Obviously this early in the game we can’t say for sure what a Huawei Nexus might look like, but turning to recent Huawei devices, we can make a few assumptions. First, we can assume that a Chinese Nexus would probably be cheaper, something that is decidedly not true of last year’s unicorn, the Nexus 6. It’s widely accepted that the Nexus 4 and 5 were, while very affordable, not state-of-the-art devices, even during their honeymoon period. The Nexus 6 on the other hand, is a different beast (almost a whale, one might say) with its killer hardware and components, and sure enough the roughly $700 it costs serves as a reminder. Just imagine the new Nexus with bleeding edge hardware and a price tag more in line with the Nexus 4 or 5.

Look no further than devices like the Huawei Mate 7 and you’ll see that Huawei is clearly capable of producing a premium looking device that doesn’t break the bank, at least when compared to the competition. The Mate 7 features an excellent touch-based fingerprint scanner, a metallic body and is truly an eye-catching product, even if its size might be a little too big for some. One area where it is at its weakest? Software, which is where stock Android comes into play.

Look no further than devices like the Huawei Mate 7 and you’ll see that Huawei is clearly capable of producing a premium looking device that doesn’t break the bank.

Aside from the assumption of a cheaper price tag, there’s also the possibility that a Huawei Nexus would use its own in-house processor, as opposed to something more mainstream like a Qualcomm Snapdragon. This would certainly help further cut costs, though it’s unclear whether or not Google would risk using a relatively unknown chipset in its flagship Nexus devices.

For those that aren’t aware, Huawei’s chipset found in the Mate 7 is called the HiSilicon Kirin 925, which brings a 1.8GHz quad-core Cortex A15 together with another quad-core Cortex A7 clocked in at 1.3GHz, both working in conjunction, allowing for a very optimized performance that is very close in performance to a higher-end Snapdragon. One area of weakness, however, is in terms of graphics. The Mali-T628 has consistently done worse in graphics tests than other comparable GPUs. Granted, it still performs well, it’s just not the best available. Of course, Huawei could be ready to wow us in gaming/graphics performance with their next Kirin processor. You never know.

The Global Benefit for China

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The long line of Nexus smartphones. All made in China but how many were designed there? (Hint: it’s none…so far).

Call it what you will, but the world-at-large is still content in seeking to relegate China to back-burner status when it comes to products. The sentiment is bitterly ironic considering just how many things are made there (or rather, how few aren’t) and yet, when it comes to Chinese OEMs, they are never cut the same break that companies like Sony or LG are.

In truth, Japan and South Korea are both unconditionally accepted as countries that make good technology and good products, whereas China is associated with spying, intellectual property infringement, and inferiority. (Whether or not those are true or not is a different matter entirely). Even Google itself is no longer immune to the callous charge of misdoings, perhaps offering it an honorary seat alongside Wallace and Dave, for the “do no” clause has sadly been broken.

The idea of a Chinese Nexus would do a lot to dispel this air of mistrust and inferiority that exists in the western world, at least if the launch was handled right.

Like it or not, companies like Huawei, Xiaomi, and even Lenovo, are growing bigger and bigger with seemingly each month that passes. How can they not really, when they sell to the two largest markets in the world (India and, of course, China) and offer devices with excellent specs at cutthroat pricing. It’s no wonder that Samsung can’t get a break in either territory anymore.

The idea of a Chinese Nexus would do a lot to dispel this air of mistrust and inferiority that exists in the western world, at least if the launch was handled right.

The Global Problem for China

Despite that which was just said above, China is seen as an entity that spies, lies, and steals. Huawei in particular has been the subject of much scrutiny even on a governmental level, as politicians and bureaucrats in the USA are concerned about the possible security ramifications that might occur were Huawei to be contracted with providing hardware for things such as official government use. Unfortunately with the recent scandal involving Lenovo and malware, this belief -justified or not- is unlikely to fade; in fact it has arguably just gotten worse.

The other large problem is that mainstream consumers in the Western world don’t know anything about these Chinese OEMs. Huawei might be a slight exception given the relatively large number of devices it sells under its own branding, or else has been commissioned to make for carriers. Still, ask someone to even pronounce the company’s name and chances are they can’t. Now consider the likes of Meizu, Oppo, One Plus, or Xiaomi, who are totally alien and the salience they might otherwise have in their Asian territory is gone entirely.

Google China

Even if Huawei could make the Next Nexus and “get away with it” in the West, it is difficult to believe that many customers would buy it. The Nexus line is, in and of itself, not designed for mainstream consumer sales, partially because Google simply doesn’t know how to promote it well enough, partially because Google doesn’t know how to meet demand requirements until the popularity has died off, and partially because it’s sorely lacking in any and all kinds of marketing gimmicks and software add-ons that companies like Samsung push so aggressively. (These are but a few of the potential reasons Nexus smartphones never appear on top sales charts, though it is by no means a comprehensive list.)

Considering how so many people were so quick to write off the Nexus 6 (“too big, pass”) without giving it a try, the same sentiment will arguably apply with a Huawei Nexus, only perhaps replaced with a “way to sell out Google” or “Google is in bed with China. Hello Microsoft!” Even if you might give it a try, it’s easy to imagine a friend, family member, or random YouTube ranter uttering those exact words.

Wrap-Up

Regardless of what one feels about this story, the potential here is big. Google, eager to gain a foothold into the expanding Chinese mobile app market, would be in a very good position were the Huawei Nexus to materialize. Likewise, Huawei would have an extra layer of “Western credibility” associated with its brand name, should Google trust it with making a device. Even if this all does pan out and the device never makes it outside of Asia, it will still stand as a very bold move indeed.

Any thoughts? Would you be willing to buy a Nexus made by Huawei?

  • JK

    why not….making anything in China means cheaper, well, anything. Right?? I always thought the Nexus line was all about that. I love my nexus 6 but wish it was cheaper. I would imagine the software would not be touched by international hands, though. Or is that wishful thinking?? I think all the tin-hat people would be worried about China putting something on the phones….

    • MasterMuffin

      Thank you China, the home of modern-day legal slavery, for making things cheaper :D

      “China is seen as an entity that spies, lies, and steals.” So is US but people still buy Apple :P

      • JK

        yeah for real.

  • sauber

    no,absolutely no,i cant even pronounce correct that brand…HTC and Motorolla ftw

    • kris

      i think it goes like hawaii starting with u

    • Милен Стефанов

      Motorola IS in fact chinese company- or you forget that Lenovo owns it?

      • kris

        htc is also a chinese company (taiwan).

        • JK

          good point

        • Милен Стефанов

          I know… You too… But most people don’t…

      • sauber

        i never said i dont want a chinese company to make nexus,i said no hayfuswafsii…i’d take a nexus from oneplus easily

        • Милен Стефанов

          What’s the difference? And WHY oneplus (or other) are OK, but Huawei are NOT OK ?
          Did you know why Huawei makes phones? Just because they CAN, not because there is need to sell phone. In fact phone business is very litle part of the company… Even if they close the mobile division tomorrow it won’t be a problem for a company.

          • sauber

            quality issues?2 huawei broke down,it may be just me and my bad luck but i have a wildfire htc for 5 years now and the only think that needed repear was the battery,which i replace for 5$…besides that the phone gave me 0 faking problems…i may pay it 250 euros but the use i did of the phone was more than that…now i bought an lg and you know what i have it 5 months and still no problem,i even take updates once in a while,while using the htc as an mp3…so i dont know if you ever bought a hawaii but iam not satisfied at all and that is my personal opinion,i know guys with htc’s lg’s samsung’s oneplus’s even fucking cubot phones and they never had problem…

    • JK

      there are 2 HTC variants, one made in China and the other in Taiwan….how do you know which one you have??

    • Vitor Herculano Morais

      Just because lots of ppl cant even pronounce koenigsegg doesnt mean it is crap, in fact it is one of the fastest cars in the world.

      • sauber

        yes but koenigsegg makes luxury hypercars,hawfyusagii makes mid ranged mkt phones,your argument is invalid.
        take lenovo for example,i had a lenovo for a week,and its UI is one of the worst i ever used and that goes to almost every single chinese non-known brand…they dont care about the system it is running…

  • Vitor Herculano Morais

    There are chinese brands that cant make it, But Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Oneplus (I wouldn’t consider Oneplus to make a nexus now just because they are a very recent company) are VERY GOOD brands, in my opinion better in some ways compared to the other “Good manufacturers”.
    Last year I bought a Chinese phone (Oneplus One) and it is the best phone I ever had by far.

    • Vitor Herculano Morais

      Forgot Lenovo

      • renegadedroid

        Well since they own Motorola Mobility and technically are the company who stands behind one of the current Nexus devices, it is really strange that people tend to forget about them as being a probable next contractor. Another thing to consider is that historically any OEM who’s been given a Nexus phone order, has ended up making two consecutive models.

      • Nova G

        And Meizu

    • ChrisNacca

      If they do that stupid invite system and make 4-5 phones a week, no thanks to One Plus , if they sort that out though, then hells ya

      • AvalancheRyder

        They may as well have done that with the Nexus 6. From what I heard, that thing was near impossible to get your hands on at first.

        • ChrisNacca

          I was pretty lucky in the UK, got it no problem on day 1, but I do know other people had issues getting it

      • Apu Valiathura

        Invite system is far better than flash sales. All you have to do is just be active in the one plus forums. Not only you will get invites but will get enough invites for your friends also. Oneplus shouldn’t sell large volume of phones now. They have to sort out the service centers before they do so. So I support oneplus’s approach.

        • ChrisNacca

          Fair enough that’s your opinion, I’m not a fan of it personally. I’d rather they just use pre orders systems and the backlog, having to active in forum isn’t what I want, I want a phone.

          • Apu Valiathura

            But its a clever business statergy also. The exclusivity of the phone makes an irresistible temptation to buy it when you got an invite. I felt that feeling when i bought my One, so I know

          • ChrisNacca

            Irresistible to who though? Not the majority of the world who want a phone it isn’t, don’t forget, not everyone is a geek

          • allstar7610

            You make valid points, but One thing i can say about the invite system, when at the end of the day you end up with a total of 10 invites to give out, idk. Also, it’s suck that you do have to wait one day a week to purchase your phone, it’s not like you can’t get it at all period

    • Apu Valiathura

      But OnePlus is notorious for its customer support. Google will take that into consideration.

      • ChrisNacca

        I highly doubt one plus we be making the next nexus

      • Guest

        If you mean the total lack of it, then yes.

    • Justin M. Morris

      I like your list except OnePlus. I wouldn’t task them with making a phone any time soon; they struggled with meeting demands of its customers. Not only that, but their customer service isn’t exactly the best either according to many others. I like OnePlus as I have the One, but them making the next Nexus or the one after? I’d recommend highly against it

      • Vitor Herculano Morais

        The oneplus brand made 1 year on last december, their first phone is not 1 year old. They need at least 5 years to consolidate their market share and establish themselfs as a viable option. But there is no doubt they havê and AMAZING product.
        The custumer support was awefull, but it is getting better and better

        • renegadedroid

          What is so amazing about it?

          • Vitor Herculano Morais

            It is very fast, it costa 300$ for the 64GB, it looks good, hás a huge developers community and and unbeliavable battery life. Just to vive some facts

          • renegadedroid

            That sounds convincing :-) I didn’t realise they are selling it for $300. I thought it is more like $400+

    • AS|YOUTH|IA

      Hahaha OnePlus Nexus using the invite system…

      • Vitor Herculano Morais

        The fact that everyone knows about the invite system just shows its sucssess… They made the media do the advertisement for them

        • Chris

          They can’t make the media do anything. The media decides to air the story not them and the invite system along with the compney is a complete joke

    • Chris

      Did you have to go though a million invites, destroy your old phone and degrade women?

      • Vitor Herculano Morais

        No, and i bought 4 Oneplus Ones. Never had a problem to get and invite. People think it is hard but since september it is very very easy

  • Милен Стефанов

    I’ll be first to preorder Nexus phone/tablet made by Huawei.

    • Chris

      Unless someone else is the first

  • osikiri

    It’s a nonsense that a Chinese company designs a Google phone. Because the Chinese government owns and financially supports those Chinese companies, and bans Google services in China at the same time! You cannot connect to Google search, YouTube and anything in China and that’s why the similar local services prosper so well.

    You want a Nexus phone with potential backdoors for Chinese government? I seriously consider moving to a Windows phone which offers pure Microsoft experience.

    • JK

      well that didnt take long

    • That escalated fast but you share the same sentiments as me about a phone coming out of China, especially after hearing that Lenovo was caught installing Adware on laptops

    • Apu Valiathura

      And if a US company makes phones there will be a CIA backdoor.

  • I personally wouldn’t touch a phone coming out of China for my own reasons but I do think this is very interesting and we may finally see a high quality Nexus device, the 6 was nice but no cookie. By high quality I mean metal, nice, screen, big battery, and maybe finally decent camera. Now the big question is what’s the cost gonna look like? Stay tuned!!

    • JK

      well I know people have concerns but do you really think they are going to install something and Google actually let that slide? doubtful, it would destroy them publicly. And I have the Nexus 6….it has destroyed camera sample blind tests up against the iPhone, HTC, Moto and S5 etc multiple times. It has a GREAT camera. Not better than the Note 4, but not far behind. Again, blind tests back that up and personal experience as well. The build quality on this phone is awesome. Better than any windows phone, more solid than any samsung device. The screen is amazing. The only one who beats it is the Note 4. Battery, yeah you got me there haha. I think software tweaks would fix this. But to say this phone is not high quality is just absolutely baseless and ridiculous.

  • Carlos Romero

    If they’re going for a Chinese OEM, Huawei or Xiaomi would be the best options IMO. With a little direction from Mountain View, this could be a total game changer.

    • Apu Valiathura

      Xiaomi already chosen a different path with their MIUI. The one thing google hates is such outlaws.

      • chanman

        … I don’t think you’ve ever seen TouchWiz or the LG Overlays then…

        • Reed

          Xiaomi will NEVER partner with Google, given the current state of things. They use their own fork of Android, and provide their own app store. I’d love to try one of their phones, but it would need google services first.

          • WestJ

            As a Xiaomi Mi4 user, there is a way to get Google services onto a flat-stock Mi4, Mi3, Mi2, Note, 2S, and 1S.

            In the Mi Store, there is an app called “Google Installer” (search it). It’s name is in Chinese, but it has a Google logo, and is red.

            Install that first, then open it, and you can install every Google app. It will even install in order of dependencies. Installing the Google Play Store first is recommended, to get all the apps up to date.

          • WestJ

            Sorry for horrible grainy pictures, my webcam is pretty poor

          • yep

            Apparently your phone can’t take screen shots? Jesus Christ.

          • WestJ

            The point of the external shots was to show the phone itself running the software. How easy would it be to run an emulator and screencap that?

          • Reed

            There’s no way I’m going to trust that. I’m sorry. I’m sure it works just fine, but there’s too many red flags for me to use it myself or recommend it to other people who keep sensitive information on their phone.

          • WestJ

            There’s also the alternative of AOSP.

    • SugarFreeTargets

      I would personally think Oppo would be the better option. Their hardware is amazing!

    • crutchcorn

      That it could be.

    • Chris

      I Dobut it will be a game changer but it will be different

  • rogatus

    I think it’s probably because of Huawei’s 5G patent portfolio. Especially since Google is wanting to become a wireless carrier.

    • Chris

      And it only working with nexus phones….

  • paxmos

    I own a Huawei Mate 7 and love it. Despite it’s 4G connectivity issues at times on ATT, I would by a Nexus brand from them in a heartbeat.

    • greeninja

      I am considering buying one. I’m also with ATT, do they just not have all the bands? or is it just bad chipset screwing up connectivity?

      • paxmos

        I am just thinking it is because of Band 28/700MHZ that is not optimized for ATT. Overall, it is a good phone with a great screen.

  • Marty

    “Huawei Nexus: would Google build one? Would you buy it?”

    Hell no! No way will I patronize a murdering company. I won’t even consider buying anything Huawei puts out.

    • JK

      murdering company??

      • Marty

        Yeah. Huawei was widely reported having murdered an American employee. Google it and see. It happened several years ago.

  • freonoman

    A Nexus device would never sell in China. Please remeber that ALL OF GOOGLE IS CENSORED until they fullfill the chinese government’s wishes.

    • Apu Valiathura

      Why not SONY. they make wonderful phones. A well made nexus will change the fortunes of sony.

      • KK

        Sony seem like a good choice and yet they haven’t done one, i can’t help but think it’s Sony themselves that didn’t want it.

      • Sant

        Sony? Have you used an Xperia C phone? I am sure you will reconsider your opinion

  • JLIT99

    If this means that Google Play and Services are going to be preloaded onto Android phones in China, this would be a huge step not just for China, but for the whole world.

    The lack of a secure Android app store in China is actually a cause for spread of most of the Android malware. I’ve been hoping Google will return to China, just for this reason.

    • Chris

      Whole world?

      • Bryan Akerfeldt

        Yes, if Google can expand their market to China, the largest market in the world,then other countries will be open to google services as well, the people at google are fantastic strategists and I don’t doubt that they’ll make an enormous dent in the app market within their first or second years, Google is expanding in everything, I’m lucky enough to live in a fiber area so I became a subscriber immediately, I’ll switch to google once their phone service is available too, then they’ll expand that out of the US,by building up a reputation in foreign markets they’re paving a road for the rest of their payload.

      • JLIT99

        Yep. Leaving security unchecked to download APKs online is a necessity for Android users in China if the app they are looking for is not on one of the (many) local stores.

        This encourages the spread of sites using exploits to install malicious APKs.

  • Legit Armada

    Korean or Japanese ?

  • Apu Valiathura

    Most the components of these phones including iphones are made in China. Probably assembly of these phones are also done in china. So the best way to reduce cost is to use a chinese oem for next nexus.

    • Chris

      Nope

  • mLogician

    Looking at S6 Edge I can hope that Note 5 Edge would be an awesome device and a Nexus based on Note 5 Edge would be an excellent phone to be.

    • Apu Valiathura

      Give a chance to SONY. They deserve it.

  • lrqliu

    The Nexus phones made by Chinese manufacturers? Possible, cuz they are competent. A Nexus device sold to Mainland China? Impossible now, as we all know the tangle between Chinese CCP government and Google.

    Mainland China blocks almost all Google services,including G+, Gmail, Google.com, Google Play etc, maybe except for Google ads as the CCP regard it as non-subversion. Meanwhile, Google forbids Android phones sold in Mainland China to preload GMS package for some reasons. So the most of Android phones in China are AOSP style like Amazon phone or pad, rather than a true Android phones with Google services.

    The answer to this deadlock is obvious. Google and CCP gov may have a compromise. And some services may be unblocked in China, like Google.cn, Google Play, Gmail(G+ won’t be allowed, FB twitter you know), under the censorship and scrutiny from the mysterious CCP. I, as a Chinese, know Google has some principles and does not intend to cater to the non-democracy and non-freedom. However, YOU HAVE TO ENDURE CHINESE GOVERNMENT if you tend to play business game in this Panda country, as CCP is likely to hold the power of the potential largest economy for next decades.

    • JLIT99

      The problem is, Google being out of China is hurting Android users as malware spreads easily through unofficial app stores.
      Google needs to be in China just for Google Play.

  • Oli72

    Money talks b.s. runs marathons. Get that money Google.

  • truth_cutz

    I sure would buy a Huawei Nexus!

  • TemporalArc

    Samsung or Sony nexus phone, please! Or just go back to trusty old LG…

  • Unlethal Mango

    I definitely would buy a Chinese manufactured Nexus? Why? The one problem that I have with the Chinese phones is their software. Being a Nexus, this problem would be solved, alongside the great build quality that Chinese smartphones have.

    • Chris

      Lol keep making us laugh

  • Ran_Min

    Huawei would be the single best Chinese OEM to build a Nexus device at this point. Other big brands like ZTE and Lenovo simply don’t have the kind of brand-name recognition in the US, and smaller companies like Xiaomi and OPPO either have no overseas presence at all or simply aren’t big enough to supply the amount of phones Google would demand. But Huawei has proven itself to be able to provide quality, quantity, and innovation time and time again, and might even be able to reduce the cost of Nexus devices significantly.

    Combined with the Huawei Watch, a Huawei Nexus phone would be the single best thing to happen to the Nexus line since its inception.

    • renegadedroid

      Xiaomi sold 60 million phones in 2014 and some people believe the company will push more than 100 mln. in ’15. Nexus 6 sales have yet to surpass 1 million (partly because of severe pricing misjudgement) and no nexus device has ever sold more than 5 million. Even Gionee will not have a capacity problem procuring a Nexus.

    • Chris

      You’re funny

  • shivansh

    Personally I won’t buy it .no service center and hence no warrenty China is China . no doubt they make good phones but after sale service is not there eg xiaomi in India more than millions phones are sold but still no dedicated service center in time span of more than 6 months people are left with only one choice if something bad happens with there phones they hv to buy new one.So personally I hate Chinese brands for this reason.

    • Pawv

      do you even know what nexus is? google is getting Huawei to make the phone… it’s still a “google” phone.. you will go through google for warranty* ( google has amazing customer service by the way ) just like every other nexus made.. duh.

      • shivansh

        Google might provide services in USA and UK whatever but in other countries warranty is covered by manufacturer.

      • Chris

        Warnenty is still covered by the OEM kid

  • Derek923

    I see the reason why your groupe went to China?

  • crutchcorn

    I don’t know about Huawei. I’ve heard about too many issues from their devices and I dislike their general design. I suppose with enough direction from Mountain View that it COULD be a good phone, but I think that it’ll be difficult for Huawei to win me over if they indeed do make the next Nexus – despite the view

  • Julian Casio Santana King

    I’d rather see another Motorola nexus. Tbh Id hope they blend the nexus and moto x line together . Motorola nexus x. Since they can’t name it the nexus 7 . shrink the phone down a little bit. Add moto maker customization , current specs, ois + 5 mp front camera and a finger print scanner on the back as orginally planned

  • Tom

    If it’s good specs in an appealing design I’ll buy it.

  • chanman

    idk, I’m a little suspicious. I don’t really expect Google to break their (admittedly young) tradition of giving their Nexus OEMs 2 year contracts. HTC produced the very first Android device (technically not a Nexus yet), and then Nexus One. Samsung, S and Galaxy. LG, 4 and 5. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but I think it’s like… 70% unlikely. I feel like it will just be a Motorola again… hopefully based off the Turbo this time?

  • Bruce Willis

    o Good SoC (no Kirin or non-custom-design like 810 also no 8 Core Exynos that only can score well in multiscore while singlescore is lower than A8 even though it came half a year later…)

    o Proper Display (IPS/Not over 1080p, S6 fail performance vs iPhone 6 because the GPU too weak for the resolution)

    o USB OTG

    Then sure.

  • amr abo shohib

    Basically I consider huawei is a great devices maker … They have made a good devices competitive to others .. But the only bad thing I hate about huawei is the god dammed iOS interface without app drawer …everything on the home screen …it’s a chaos

    • WestJ

      It’s common across all Chinese OEMs. MIUI 6 by Xiaomi is nearly indistinguishable from iOS.

  • Luca

    Here in europe huawei already is a major player on an enterprise network infrastructure level, for example here in austria huawei is rolling out LTE infrastructure with the carriers.

    their smartphones are sold in major retailers now, and even the carriers have a few. So for me it would be normal. Huawei is just like Samsung HTC etc…

    the US seems to be more sceptical.

    I don’t think Google would go for Huawei though unless Huawei agrees to use a Qualcomm chipset. Or Google can spark development of a new kirin I don’t know….

    I think this would help Huawei more…

    • Chris

      Help them? Ha that’s a joke… Who else besides nerds use nexus?

    • renegadedroid

      Americans are indeed sceptical about Huawei hardware. The company has its roots in the Chinese defence industry. In fact, the very reason for their foundation was that the People’s Army was concerned about the implications of being reliant on Nokia and Ericsson infrastructure for their communication as that could be ear-dropped on by western intelligence services at will. These concerns, although considered paranoid at the time, turned out to be justified.

      Currently, a number of senior Huawei employees (including the CEO) have military intelligence and army corps of engineers on their CVs.

      One can not help but wonder if … you know…They are not doing the same as the NSA does.

  • Aron Tripp

    I want to see a Nexus Yota Phone!

  • flye

    Why I chose nexus phones is the wonderful xda support, if there’s support for huawei phone. Why not?

    • Chris

      Because said phone is not out yet…..

      You really need to come out of that basement more

      • flye

        I’m talking about nexus phones in general, I’m using nexus 5 and 6 now.

        Enjoying the great xda support.

  • AS|YOUTH|IA

    Nowei

  • james elliott

    “And not like Motorola-Chinese mind you” What are you smoking… Moto is a Illinois company. Nice try tho

    • renegadedroid

      Motorola Mobility is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lenovo.

  • Pierre Landry

    The one point that you just touched on ” if the launch was handled right” That in itself is a scary thought. We’ve been through 6 launches on nexus phones alone, and on each occasion Google gets it worse. I’m not holding up any hope that their next launch will be any better.

  • Reed

    I really don’t want to put the tinfoil hat on, but after the deal with Lenovo, I do worry a bit about the security of devices coming out of china. Obviously most phones are manufactured there, but I mean the Chineese home grown OEMs. Its a concern of mine, for sure.

  • Shminder

    Never in the millions world i would buy a huawei nexus.

    Google is dead…

    • Bryan Akerfeldt

      If by google is dead you mean that they’re a massive company from which all OEMS require that Google provides source code updates to ever update their devices then yes,Google is so dead right? We all forgot that just because you won’t buy a phone in a million years google will go insane and shoot itself in the head

  • RS Anthony

    I have got no problem with this. After an iPhone 3GS I gave Android a try in 2012 with the first Huawei Honor. So this was back when the brand was virtually unheard of here in France. The best way to put it was that it was a honest phone, with honest performance. Battery life was nothing to complain about. And the camera was actually quite satisfactory. Better than the hit-or-miss Moto G LTE I currently use.
    Also the newer phones such as the Honor 6 seem to offer great value for money, albeit lacking a little in the graphics department. Nothing that cannot be solved though.
    Actually the more I think about it, the more excited I am about the idea. Let’s hope they give us a nice 5″ Full HD screen, with 3 GB of RAM and 32GB of expendable storage as a starting point.

    • Chris

      It will still be crap. Those kids don’t know how to make a phone

  • eszklar

    No.

  • RichHomieGuan

    although the notion is true that a chinese manufacturer do have restricted limits on selling Google based products but that doesn’t mean that the hardware itself; they’d always just load whatever OS onto it and call it a day. I’m rather excited for this and hope it does fall through but please no more phablets a tad bit smaller than the OPO would be perfect

  • Ivan Jensen

    Huawei may have bad reputation in US, but the rest of “west” they like it….
    Both Google and Huawei benefits from a Nexus deal…remember 2 mobiles, LG the premium version and Huawei the cheaper….

  • Akash Patel

    I personally think that sony should be given a chance at making the nexus. Also Google should keep the nexus 5 and the nexus 6