For the past month, we’ve heard rumours suggesting that Google was planning two Nexus handsets for later this year and was working with LG and Huawei to make the two handsets. LG’s Nexus is expected to be the lower spec version of the two and today, we’re getting a first glimpse of what might be a prototype Huawei Nexus smartphone.

The video in question comes from Steve Hemmerstoffer, the man behind the @onleaks account, who has a pretty decent track record when it comes to leaking as-yet unannounced smartphones. Based on the design of past handsets, the Huawei Nexus definitely looks like it has been designed by Chinese manufacturer Huawei but does seem to sport a matte rear cover like the Ascend Mate 7 and Huawei Honor 7.

One of the features in Google’s upcoming Android M operating system is native support for fingerprint readers and it’s unsurprising to see the Huawei Nexus sport one on the rear, underneath the camera like Huawei’s previous handsets and future Nexus devices are also likely to have the feature. The camera sensor also looks similar to that found on the Nexus 5 and doesn’t sport the design traditionally used by Huawei in its smartphones.

The Huawei Nexus is expected to also be a first for Huawei thanks to its Quad HD display, which should be accompanied by a large battery, pure Android experience and a Snapdragon 820 processor. The LG Nexus on the other hand is expected to have lesser specs but should still have a smaller Full HD panel, an octa-core processor with 2GB/3GB RAM and possibly a 13MP camera, like the one found in the Nexus 6 and Motorola Moto G.

Would you buy the Huawei Nexus if it looked like this leak video? Let us know your views in the comments below!

Nirave Gondhia
Nirave is one of the Managing Editors and a fan of travel. He's worked in technology for over ten years (including stints at two carriers in the UK) and reported on it for nearly nine years. In my spare time, A big football (soccer to those over the pond) fan and avid supporter of Man United for over 20 years, he reads a lot, loves a cocktails and blogs about travel.
  • Seanne Richard Yared

    I don’t like this. It looks like a cheap phone, thanks to the matte black plastic that looks cheaper than even the rear end of my Nexus 5, which I absolutely adore for its utilitarian appeal.

  • Alicemad

    Its a prototype I doubt this is its final form. If it turns out to be I hope the price reflects the looks then. Can’t imagine a plastic rubber priced at 500+.

  • Marc Perrusquia

    Looks ugly as hell. And why did they have to neuter the screen shrinking from 6″ to 5.7″? The width decrease is the most noticeable especially when watching video. 6″ should be the bare minimum for flagship phones, and we need some flagship z ultra sized offerings.

    • ClikFire _

      I love my n6 but I do wish it was a tiny bit more compact as I feel 5.7 would be perfect which is why i am considering the Moto X Style and the Huawei nexus this fall.

    • Say What??

      It won’t be ugly but I agree with you on the fact that there should be more phones offered at 6.5 – 7 inch. My mediapad x2 is the perfect size for me.

  • GBR84

    Huaglei :/

  • wrkerr

    Can anyone decipher the text at the bottom of the back of the phone? It only seems to be visible for one frame, at about the 0:05 mark in the video. I can’t make it out.

    • Blowme69

      It says blow me

    • ananaszjoe

      I checked frame by frame, says “POSEIDON”. It’s an embossed word and below it close to the very bottom with white paint is too blurry but probably the mandatory hardware notices or something similar.

      • ananaszjoe

        Poseidon also happens to be a brand name of a Chinese company in Shenzhen that manufactures cases for Huawei devices. It looks unlikely though that it’s inside a case..

        • Warrd0gg

          Yep, that’s what I found as well but your are right, it doesn’t seem like it is in a case.

      • wrkerr

        Interesting. Also, the port on the bottom center of the device looks unlike anything I’ve seen. I wonder what we’re seeing here, really.

        • ananaszjoe

          Poseidon (Greek mythological god of the sea) could relate to water as of this phone could be water resistant.. in this case maybe the bottom port is covered by something to protect it from water not unlike we seen before with previous iterations of Sony phones. It’s only a stab in the dark at this point of course.

          • luuk

            Pretty sure all nexus devices had code names related to sea creatures…

          • ananaszjoe

            Hmm true.. then it’s a stab in the dark – in the wrong direction :P

            This means though, that it’s more likely be a nexus.. I don’t know how to feel about that :/

  • Andreas

    This looks like crap!
    I hope this is not what I have been waiting for!

    • vest

      You even waited for this crap? We all knew it was going to be crap anyway. It’s a junk Chinese company that became big via corporate espionage just like every other Chinese company.

      Here in Silicon Valley, they’re viewed with extreme suspicion because they have a lot of Chinese spies that go around stealing other company’s trade secrets.

      • Buddy, China and Korea are the two major electronics manufacturing hub. Almost what electronics goods you use 99% of its hardware are manufactured in either China or Korea – it’s just the company brand that makes things differ. Huawei is not a bad company at all, it’s just a company which doesn’t have a good international branding.

    • Well, I personally think that it’s is just a prototype and not the final product. As Google is planning to sell the Huawei Nexus at a premium price point (costlier than LG Nexus) I don’t think they are going to use this matte design. Instead it’s going to be full metal. The chassis may look similar but the design component will be different. The design doesn’t look bad if this same design is converted to metal design. Let’s hope for the best. I’m also waiting for this device with a lot of hope.

  • s2weden2000

    ascend mate 8..tba.@ IFA

  • ClikFire _

    I don’t think this is it.

    I think it will mimic the Ascend Mate 7 and P8 designs more as well as the Aluminum Unibody Build.

    This just seems like a general prototype.

  • melchor2679

    Huawei sucks!

    • Airyl

      Why? I’ve used the Mate 7, P8, Honor 6, Honor 6+ and Honor 7, everything seems solid to me.

    • Say What??

      Another uneducated troll. Huawei does not suck. Their phones have very good build quality and they use big enough batteries so the phone lasts the entire day unlike a lot of other manufacturers.

  • MrMangoHands

    Honestly I have mixed feelings about the aesthetics of huawei phones, but if the battery is 3000mah or above I’m going to have a hell of a hard time justifying a moto x over the huawei.

  • Jay McCaughrean

    Meh… I hope it comes in different color options

  • Shimada Nakaizumi

    What are you talking about, this looks fine!

  • paulf1

    Even if it’s camouflaged it’s nasty cheap looking. Don’t like fingerprint sensors on the back.
    This can’t be it from a top looking and constructed N6 to this.

  • The design looks fine to me if this has been converted to a full metal body. Which is very much expected as Google is planning to sell it at a higher price point. Being just an early prototype, it’s very likely to be a plastic body. But I hope the final product will be metal. But one thing that I guess is missing is that the laser focus system which is present in LG Nexus.