Update, 9:10AM EST: Four more images originating from China have surfaced today allegedly showing a Huawei Nexus unit disguised inside a protective plastic cover – the boot screen shown in one of the images reveals (or rather confirms) some of the key specs of the Huawei-made Nexus: Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.

One of the images shows the USB Type C port of the device:

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Original post, 6:16AM EST: The upcoming Huawei Nexus has already leaked rather extensively in a series of videos and renders, but now we have our first hands-on pictures of the smartphone, apparently posted by someone working within the organization.

The images match up very closely with the handset render posted online last week, which was created using leaked schematic information for third party case accessories. Just as with the previous leaks, we can again spot the rear mounted fingerprint scanner, which is also rumored for the upcoming LG Nexus. Huawei has used a similar fingerprint scanner placement in its Mate 7 and Ascend 7 smartphones.

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The camera module and LED flash are housed in the black bar at the top of the smartphone, while the front design of the Huawei handset hints at a possible dual-speaker setup, which has also been rumored in the past.

Other rumored hardware specifications for the Huawei Nexus suggest that the phone could come with a QHD (2560×1440) resolution 5.7-inch display and a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 or 820 processor. Probably the former if the handset is to appear this year.

The phone is also expected to arrive with a USB Type-C port, which we can’t see in the pictures, along with a metallic build of some sort, which we can just about make out running along the edge of the phone in the images above. We will have to see how all of these features end up affecting the handset’s retail price.

Read more:

Google Nexus 2015 rumor roundup (updated on August 19)

September 19, 2015

What do you think about the design of the Huawei Nexus?

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
    • Jaden

      How can that be real if our eyes aren’t real?

    • jasonlowr

      Lol. Get the hopes up and keep thinking its fake, it will dissapoint people more.

  • Joe Knaggs

    If this is true – and it turns out this protruding camera module is amazing. Why didn’t they just make it thicker and have a bigger battery?

    • kcassell419

      This is a phenomenon we will never understand. We’ll invent time travel before we ever understand this. Ultra thin phones have never made sense to me especially when the battery lives are so awful!

    • gg

      This is the first protruding camera module that I actually like. Samsung and Apple – the jokes of this year.

    • Jerry Li

      The bit of a curve caused by the camera module may improve the handling of the phone.

  • a67543210

    Ugliest android phone in recent history. Would never buy such an ugly phone.

    • gg

      Then you probably haven’t seen a S6 yet.

      • Btort

        The S6 and edge is beautiful. the only thing ugly about the s6 is the battery life and especially touchwiz (even the skinned version) It’s like bangin a hot chick only to find out her vagina is full of needles when you stick your penis in there

        • a67543210

          Touchwiz has been very toned down and is faster than ever. If offers a better ease of use than stock.

          • King_Android

            Its still ugly though….

          • Btort

            I tested an s6 and it is more toned down, it’s nothing close to htc android skin, sony android skin or stock android. It still lags and not as smooth as it should be

          • Filly Jnr

            Its no where near stock at all. Sure its toned down from downright horrendous to mildly offending. It didnt lag because of the beast of a processor in the s6/s6 edge but the recent updates wrecked it and it lags like nothing else, along with a terrible battery and poor ram management, it is a crime to compare touchwiz to stock, they run completely different, I have a moto g 2nd gen with sd 400 and it is running stock, not a single animation drop, no stutters, from a $220 phone(aus).

      • jasonlowr

        S6 is beautiful. You haven’t own one I suppose? Especially the edge in gold. Also, the material theme on the s6 is nothing but pretty.

        • King_Android

          Notifications, settings, etc is still ugly no matter what them you put on it.

      • shivansh

        S6 is ugly wow than i bet u will love this new nexus for sure .its not your fault its in your taste to say beautiful as ugly and ugly as beautiful.

  • Dom

    Some people are just sick, and do horrible things to the products we love. Huawei your crimes against humanity will not be forgiven if this horrendous beast doesn’t perform like the ugly workhorse it should be!

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Midgets who couldn’t afford it poo poo’d the 6 inch screen so much that Google’s stellar sales of their unicorn seemed like fart in the wind. First time ever I have to keep my phone for more then a year. You guys see the bezel on that thing? cripes the nexus 6 has a lesser footprint.

      • Chanel VonHoven McCray

        I thought we were getting a new Nexus 5 and 6????

    • crutchcorn

      ^^^ This

    • Ivan Budiutama

      it’s probably fake

      I don’t know, you can’t never really trust internet, you know.

  • The back of this thing is fugly as yuck! Is this the 6″ variant, or the 5.2″? I hope it’s NOT the 5.2″. Expect a failure, Google!

    • Josh Johnson

      If this is true it would be the Huawei 5.7 version not the LG 5.2 although from the renders the front looks the same on LG’s 5.2 phone as far as screen to bezel ratio. But we already know what the back of the 5.2 will look like.

      • I hope so, because people will be more likely to flood towards the 5.2 variant, unless such a horible design idea would hold them back.

        • Josh Johnson

          Well have no worry. The dimensions that were sent to case manufactures show that you pretty much can bet on 5.2 inch. We just need to see what the specs will be. Some say a snapdragon 620 some say 808. I’m ready for them to announce the dang thing already :-)

  • Eddy Edd

    this is sikh

  • tom elwood

    I pretty much never swear on public forums but this phone is Fucking ugly.

    • Denmark de Guzman

      not that ugly, but yes it is ugly.

      • retrospooty

        I agree, its just mildly ugly ;)

        Anyhow, hopefully its an engineering sample and not the final product. It’s hard to tell from these pics but it looks like the whole top protrudes out. Not just a camera bump but a top end bump. WTF? Just make it bigger with bigger battery.

  • Clinton

    Reminds me of some HTC phones back in Gingerbread day. HTC desire S was it? Can’t remember.

  • Denmark de Guzman

    I want to own nexus phone! hope this one outs before I decide to buy a new one. LG nexus maybe.

  • Balraj

    The phone body sucks !!!

  • RRHansen

    This is one damned ugly phone. It also seems like the Snapdragon 810 rumours are persisting that makes it easy to steer far, far away from this handset. If these leaks turn out to be true, the Motorola Nexus 6 seems like the better all around choice.

  • SantaClausless

    Whoever is responsible for the rear side design should start looking for new career. That’s almost as ugly as the HTC Re camera.

  • Mozukortick

    That’s a bar-code scanner :D

    • Daggett Beaver

      It’s two (click) two (click) two phones in one. You use the bar code scanner to check out your own bacon at the grocery store, and then use the 810 to fry it.

      • Mozukortick

        seems legit!

      • Jay McCaughrean


  • Nase23

    Damn that’s ugly. Eek.

  • KapteinStein

    Just can’t buy any phone with the snapdragon 810… Even the Nexus. I’ll always think it’s underperforming.

  • iceman

    That back is like the rebirth of the Moto Razr!!! Definately will be sticking to my N6

    • It looks like the phone variant of that curved action cam made by… Asus, I think?

  • mistermastermind

    i know where the inspiration for the design came from

    • Daggett Beaver

      Yup, Bender approves.

  • HotelQuebec

    Can they make the back any uglier? Hope the features and performance make up for it.

  • I’m one of the few that doesn’t think it’s ugly. It’s not sexy or anything, but I don’t think it’s ugly either.

  • Chris W

    It’s a Droid X / iphone mixed together.

  • EmanuelCovelli
  • TEKK

    I’m so disappointed in this Nexus. I was excited that Huawei was making in. The supposed leaked spec’s seemed legit. I was going to be that battery life would be amazing. Kind of liked the idea on a rear finger print reader. But then I saw this leaked image… DAFUQ WERE YOU THINKING! (HUAWEI/GOOGLE) .
    I have a G4 and was going to get a Nexus with a large lovely display. But now I have to wait what the LG G Note will look like. I really don’t want to switch to Samsung s6e+ but the rest of the manufacturers are not leaving me any options.

    • Filly Jnr

      I have three ideas for you
      1) keep your g4?? unless there is something wrong with it? its an awesome phone. (if you dont want it ill have it:D)
      2) Moto x style? or if you’re a power user then One plus Two?
      3) whats wrong with Iphone?(don’t get me wrong i love android just saying it’s stupid to ignore them)

  • Evan Windsor

    Never have I owned the same phone for more than a year, but it seems I may own my Nexus 6 until next year. That thing is ugly. I wouldn’t put that thing near my face in public, I’d be too embarrassed.

  • Hotbod Handsomeface

    “That phone is remarkably gorgeous!”
    -No One Ever

  • Guaire

    Reminded me how crowds screamed fugly to iPhone 6 leaks past year.

    It seems like exact opposite of fugly.

  • Mika

    Screw this phone , I’d rather wait for the BB Venice

  • Ádám Vincze


  • Mike Stevens

    I love how “meh” doesn’t exist for so many people. This phone’s design is “meh”, or boring, or a little weird, I’d agree. But ‘butt ugly’? Damn, folks, get some perspective.

  • Sam

    With the interest of adding balance to the discussion, I actually like the design. I need to see a clearer picture around the bezels near the speakers, but generally I like the design (the silver variant).

  • shivansh

    Brace yourself for the ugliest and worst phone ever in terms of design to come this year. Fuck you google and huawei we dont want your barcode scanner like crap.

  • Enrico Maria Dal Compare

    I really love the design of the left side mock up. I don’t know why everyone is saying shit about it. I’d say more, I like it more that all phones come out in 2015. At least it’s something different from the same boring iphone paradigm. If it will have the 820 and a reasonable price I think I would buy it.

  • Markoff

    can confirm the top photos show typical Huawei prototype testing rubber case, the other black case in bottom is odd, never saw it when testing Huawei prototypes

  • Gibbs

    Great, another terrible phone!