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Google Nexus 2015 rumor roundup (updated on September 19)

by: Edgar CervantesSeptember 19, 2015
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The second half of the year is going to bring us some amazing smartphones. Among the most anticipated announcements are those related to Google’s popular Nexus series. Rumors tend to start blazing through the internet very early on, and this year is not the exception.

It is no surprise to see the industry having such a high regard for the Nexus line-up. These are, after all, Google’s demonstration of where they want Android to go. Quality hardware, a pure Google experience and timely updates have always been the Nexus stamp, which has helped the brand gain a major follower base.

Where does Google want to take the most popular mobile operating system now? What will the upcoming Nexus device(s) be like? We have gathered plenty of (unofficial) details to share, so let’s dig right into the goods.

This article will continue to be updated as new information begins emerging. Bookmark this page and keep checking it if you want to stay in the loop! The article will also be pushed to the front of our home page whenever it’s edited. 

LG Nexus 5X?

The Nexus 6 offered performance and specs without compromises, but the phone wasn’t exactly for everyone, due to one main reason. Its massive 5.96-inch screen and gargantuan body will definitely make it an uncomfortable phone to bear, especially for those who have smaller hands. This forced Nexus fans to stick with an older-generation handset if they wanted to have a traditionally sized phone.

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Google may be onto something this year. Recent rumors suggest there will be a couple Nexus phones launched this year. One of them would be manufactured by LG and reportedly resemble the phone maker’s Nexus 5. In fact, some believe the new phone could be a direct successor, a Nexus 5 (2015) if you will.

LG’s Nexus device is reportedly codenamed Bullhead and is rumored to come with a Snapdragon 808 processor, a 5.2-inch display and a 2700 mAh battery. So far this is all we know about this product, but a new image does at least give us a look at what is allegedly the next-gen version of the LG Nexus:

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After weeks of rumors, more images of the LG Nexus 5X started surfacing, including some from UnderKG and Android Pit. We even got a good idea of the phone’s looks when the guys from Droid Life came across some case renders. All leaks go in line with each other, so it’s safe to assume this is how the phone will look. Let’s take a look at the images.

Huawei Nexus

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Reports of a Huawei Nexus have been making the rounds for a while, and the good news is these reports come from multiple sources, including some highly reliable ones. So while LG’s Nexus is shrouded in mystery, we can be almost totally confident that Huawei and Google will launch a Nexus phone this year, and we also have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Here’s the rundown.

Design

We have seen or heard very few details on what this Huawei-made Nexus phone could look like, but we can tell you one thing – it will be large. Rumors suggest the phone’s screen will measure 5.7-inches, which just so happens to be the same screen size as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

According to @evleaks, the Huawei Nexus will feature a metallic construction and a fingerprint sensor. In other words, it’s rough outline may be pretty similar to the Mate series. In fact, there’s a good chance the Mate 9 (due this fall) will contain hints at what to expect from the Google-branded device.

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In addition, some recent renders have shown what both the Huawei and LG Nexus devices could look like. These come from @OnLeaks, which is definitely a source with a good history on rumors, but we still can’t quite confirm these.

@OnLeaks also mentions the phone should measure 159.4 x 78.3 x 6.6/8.5 mm and sport front-facing dual speakers.

Furthermore, a video said to be showcasing the upcoming Huawei Nexus showed up online. As with all of this information, we can’t promise this is the real deal, but you can check out the video to see for yourself.

New images showed up, some in disguise (covered with a case), later on. It’s hard to see it all, but we did manage to get a look at the overall form factor and some parts of the phone. The most interesting being the USB-C port.

Huawei Nexus leak grouped

Display

As we mentioned above, the upcoming Huawei Nexus smartphone should come with a sizable 5.7-inch panel. What we didn’t tell you was that, like the Nexus 6, the new Nexus should also feature a QHD resolution display (2560x1440p). This entails the panel will have a pixel density of 515 pixels per inch.

Pixels should be packed in a little tighter than in the Nexus 6, due to the slight size difference, but it’s likely not a very noticeable upgrade.

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Specifications & hardware

The little evidence we have tells us this phone should be quite powerful. While the new LG Nexus is expected to go with the slightly sub-par (yet still capable) Snapdragon 808 chip, Huawei is not skimping out on performance one bit.

Most rumors state the new Huawei handset will come with a Snapdragon 810 chipset. Evan Blass (@evleaks) claims it will pack a Snapdragon 820 SoC, so it will likely be one of those two. Regardless of the outcome, Huawei making a move to Qualcomm would represent a significant change, as they have stayed exclusive to their very own Kirin processors so far. Maybe this is one of the conditions for working with Google? After all, while Google is known to have worked with more exotic processors in the past (like Texas Instruments and Nvidia), the processor manufacturer has a huge role in ensuring support and timely updates through the lifetime of a device. Perhaps Huawei’s Kirin is just too risky for Google from this perspective?

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Rumored hardware specifications on the LG Nexus 5X include a Snapdragon 808, a 5.2-inch 2K display, 3 GB of RAM, a 13 MP IMX278 processor and a fingerprint sensor. A later report then corroborated the fingerprint reader would also be coming to the LG device, and we even got a hold of some case images that may confirm this rumor. This would make total sense, as Google announced at Google IO that Android M is to integrate native support for fingerprint readers. This will enable users to make purchases on the Google Play Store, unlock devices, protect sensitive data and more.

It is also said both new Nexus phones will come with USB-C on board, which Google already adopted for the new Chromebook Pixel and hinted at for future Android smartphones. As for microSD, while Android M has gotten a bit friendlier to external storage, we would be very surprised if Google reversed its stance and included a microSD slot on a Nexus device.

Camera

The upcoming Nexus devices’ cameras may be the subject we have the least information on. We have heard some rumors say the LG Nexus successor will come with a dual-camera setup, similar to the in the HTC One series. In addition, some believe Huawei’s Nexus phone could be based on the Huawei Honor 6 Plus, which also happens to sport a couple cameras in the back.

Many would consider this a gimmick, as its most popular functions are to distinguish distance and allow for digitally applied bokeh effects (otherwise known as “blurry background”). While that may be a valid argument, I wouldn’t discard the possibility of Google adopting this dual-camera technique. The Mountain View-based company has been playing around with similar technology in Project Tango, and they do appear to be well-invested in the concept.

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If the LG Nexus rumor winds up being true, we do hope the Korean manufacturer makes life good by implementing the LG G4’s camera. Nexus phones are not exactly known for having exceptional shooters (Nexus 6 was better), so it would definitely be a welcomed addition.

Getting back to the Huawei Nexus, camera info is completely absent. With the implementation of a superior Camera API in Lollipop, the conditions are set for a truly great camera experience, provided Google and Huawei won’t skimp on hardware. Unfortunately, that happened before, so it remains to be seen whether the Huawei Nexus will buck the trend.

Software

Nexus phones characterize themselves by staying true to the Pure Google experience; we have no doubt this will also be the case with the new Nexus phone(s). Furthermore, we also know the next-generation Nexus handsets should be the first to launch with Android M, Google’s new version of their mobile OS.

Improvements over Lollipop include granular permissions, custom Chrome tabs, battery improvements, USB-C compatibility, app state backup and native biometric support. You can see a detailed explanation of all Android M features in our announcement post, as well as our detailed “Diving into Android M” article series.

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Pricing and release date

Evan Blass’ sources previously stated these phones should ship in Q4, while The Information’s insiders suggested it would be in “the Fall”. Pricing-wise, some think the Huawei Nexus will be more upscale, due to the top specs and metal constructions, while LG’s Nexus could follow in the tracks of the popular Nexus 5. All of this was made more clear when our own sources told us the LG Nexus 5X would be $50 more than the past generation Nexus 5. This likely means the device will start at $400. We were also informed about a possible September 29th launch. This was still a rumor until September 19th, when Google announced they were actually going to have an event on the 29th. Not much of a doubt left there, right?

Wrap up

2015 is looking to be a great year for Google. If most of this information proves to be true, the new Nexus products will be the phones to beat – especially Huawei’s. As we mentioned above: don’t forget to keep it tuned to Android Authority and this specific article, as it will continue to get updates as soon as new information emerges.

For now, let’s just hit the comments and share our thoughts on these rumors. What would you like to see in the new Nexus phones? Are you signing up for any of them? Many of you are probably happy a normal-sized Nexus phone is likely to hit the market again!

  • s2weden2000

    The huawei built phone will be based on the upcoming ascend mate 8…

  • Mah

    The 808 is snappy and good for most situations but the gpu isn’t good enough.

    • Redowan Nafi

      exactly the hexacore cpu is awesome to handle everyday tasks,camera module very well but the gpu is very weak,even compared to sd 805

      • krzh

        It’s more than enough for a Full HD screen

        • Mah

          It is great for watching movies but not for gaming. I had the lg g4 and went back to s6 due to the gaming performance

          • Redowan Nafi

            we are talking about a 2015 device,right?so movie performance cannot be a benchmark to judge the performance of the gpu of a flagship..huh?

          • Mah

            Exactly. That’s why i don’t want anything to do with an 808. I want to be able to game with high settings and an 808 won’t be sufficient. I was stating that the g4 is good for watching movies due to screen size. Would’ve kept the g4 if not for the 808.

          • krzh

            The LG G4 uses a QHD display.

        • paxmos

          Yep, some people have to complain about everything…

      • Mah

        Oh yeah, 805’s gpu is better for sure.

      • andrew

        are you guys saying that the moto x pure might not be a good all-around phone then?

    • Marty

      Strange that the 808 is weaker than even an 801. Ran a few benchmarks on a 2015 Moto X Pure and found it to score less than an HTC One M8. It even scores less than last year’s Moto X Pure, according to a user in another forum.

      • Mah

        That is weird. I got 50,000 on antutu with the LG g4 and the moto x pure. We’re you above 50% battery when you ran your test?

        • Marty

          Yeah, well above 50%, in fact.

          I figure the one I had was defective. It’s a bit unusual for a later processor to be weaker than the previous version.

    • Sergio Arroyo

      its enough

  • Redowan Nafi

    i personally hate huawei for their kirin processor and bloated ui.Huawei is infamous to deliver slow update….since this is a nexus,consumers wont have to worry about update but huawei’s camera module is crap.Hope they use sony cmos sensor

    • s2weden2000

      They do use sony just like 90% of other big manufacturers…

    • Marc Perrusquia

      Their Kirin processors actually perform pretty well.

      • Redowan Nafi

        well ‘pretty well’ isnt enough for me when im spending 500 bucks on a Chinese manufactured phone

  • Tony G.

    It will really have to impress me to pay $700 or more for this. My Nexus 6 would be perfect with a little more battery and perhaps 5.7″ screen, but otherwise it’s great. Stock Android, the front speakers, the smoothness, the loud call volume….I will probably keep it through next year if M turns out to be as good as I’m hearing.

  • Josh Kelahan

    It’s been a few years since they have refreshed the Nexus 7. I would like to see another revision there.

  • Matthew Galea

    I want a 10.1″ Nexus phone! That way I can watch all of my content in full 4K and look like a super awesome superhero while I make phone calls from it. It would be awesome!! Also, I want a super awesome headset that I can wear in my ear at all times so that I can look like an even more super awesome superhero spy!! Let’s go big!!

    • Ruturaj

      Buy moto hint for second one.

  • Ruturaj

    Buying one if it’s SD 820, if SD 810, I will pass and wait one more year.

    • George Zhao

      it wont be the snapdragon 820 its nor ready yet however it could be huaweis own karin 950 which benchmarks higher than samsung exynos processor in the note 5

      • Ruturaj

        Looks like Kirin is not ready as well, also GPU just has 4 shedder cores. I broke my previous phone so had to get a new phone, bought note 5.

  • Xavier_NYC

    I know there was a report that said it will come with an 810 vs the 820 but I highly doubt that. The purpose of the Nexus is to show pure android on the latest and greatest internal specs. Pretty much every major flagship will have the 820 next year so it wouldn’t make sense for them to use the 810 in the Huawei Nexus at least.

    • Marc Perrusquia

      They have to use what’s currently available. Unless Qualcomm rushes an initial run to get Google some 820’s I don’t think it can realistically get one.

      • Xavier_NYC

        There was a report that Samsung is already testing the S7 with the 820 inside. I can’t see google using a chip that’s plagued with issues and considering this chip was released in 2014, I just can’t see that happening. Also, the chip is suppose to be ready to ship in December and the nexus isn’t getting announced until November so idk. You could be right but I just can’t see it. Plus them using the 808 in the LG variant shows me they are avoiding the 810.

        • Marc Perrusquia

          It’s all speculation at this point. But the 810 debuted in the g flex 2 in early 2015. I think the issues with the 810 have been overblown by us spec heads. When it debuted it definitely had issues. But since the m9 it seems to be a pretty capable chip. But because of how amazing the exynos 7420 is everyone seems to love attacking the 810 especially Android articles. I hope Qualcomm can avoid this PR mess again next year. Getting the 820 in the next Nexus would be a great step in that direction, but I’m not quite sure it’s feasible. I hope it is in there though.

          • Xavier_NYC

            Yeah, totally agree. Here’s to hoping. My device choice for this year will be between the note 5 and huawei nexus and the chip could be the winning factor.

          • Marc Perrusquia

            Same thing with me, I went through 2 defective Nexus 6’s and ended up ordering an international note 4 and its been great. The only issue was the smaller screen size which I really noticed with the width not as much in the height department. Since it looks like the next Nexus will downgrade to a 5.7″ display the sizes should be roughly the same. So that won’t be an issue. I think the note 5 will definitely have a better screen possibly a better chip(I love my 5433 and the 7420 was insane) with the 7422, it’ll have faster storage UFS 2.0 possibly a 128gb option, and likely better camera optics. The nexus will probably have a better design, it will have a newer build of Android, and not tie you down to any carrier. I’m heavily leaning towards the note 5. I just wish it had a 6.5ish inch screen but I can live with 5.7″. They just need to start selling unlocked notes. I’m on At&t and the only way I can get an unbranded, rootable phone is to buy through T-Mobile, of order an international. Then I lose out on HD voice and get slower LTE. My issue with the Nexus 6 was quality control but that was a Motorola thing. I’ve had 3 defective moto 360’s and I know from forum posts it’s not an isolated incident so hopefully having Huawei build it will improve quality control. Sorry for the long post, it’ll be really interesting to see which phone will be better I really loved my Nexus 6 I had cm12 on there, and the speakers when they weren’t crackling with distortion were incredible with that screen size and front facing speakers it was a media beast. I hope I can justify getting the next Nexus over the Note 5 I love stock Android, but Samsung’s hardware is so good.

          • Xavier_NYC

            Haha your story sounds exactly like mine. I am on AT&T as well and currently have a carrier branded Note 4. This thing was great but since the lollipop update it’s been a terrible with battery life and super laggy. I’ve factory reset and clear cache like 7 times and Android System just drains my battery. That’s one of the reason why I am looking at the Nexus. The lack of root just makes it that much worse because I can’t do anything to solve the problem. At least with a Nexus I can unlock the bootloader right out of the box and root will be ready for it probably within a week. The Note 4 is my first Sammy phone and they make the best hardware hands down but what’s the point of having good hardware if it doesn’t work properly and smoothly half the time.. That’s why I’m considering the nexus so I can just root, slap franco kernel + cm on it and I think it’ll work like a dream.

          • Marc Perrusquia

            Why can’t there be a Google play edition, or Android Silver Note? Or at least have the carriers let us do what we want with OUR phones WE bought. It almost makes you want to jump ship to ios to avoid carrier bloat and branding. I still love Android but Google needs to fight the carriers on this nonsense.

          • Xavier_NYC

            If only it were that simple. I use to have Ios and not gonna lie, I was a lot better to deal with that android at times because the carrier didn’t touch the os. Also, jailbreaking was great. I hope samsung will one day make their devices as close to stock as possible while adding S pen functionality..

          • Karly Johnston

            the 810 is attacked for good reason, the consumer was lied to by the maker and OEMs.

          • Marc Perrusquia

            If you’re referring to the advertised clock speeds vs what the updated 810’s throttled speeds are that’s absolutely understandable. But I think everything has jumped on the bandwagon of bashing when it’s not that bad of a chip. I prefer Samsung’s current gen exynos chips but I think after years of success we should give Qualcomm another chance with the 810 v2.1 and the 820. I’ll be picking up the note 5, but I’ll probably give in and buy a oneplus 2 to check out the revised snapdragon 810.

    • C Lo

      If the Nexus has an 810, I won’t buy it. I think Google knows this too. Besides, Nexus devices are supposed to show what the FUTURE Android can handle. That says 820..either way, I will be joyfully pleased or crying in my own puddle of tears.

      • Xavier_NYC

        Sorry to say but from the leaks and benchmarks that have been leaked, it appears it will have the 810 that’s why I just said screw it and bought the Note 5..

        • C Lo

          Yeah I know. I am still holding out a sliver of hope. Funny, my backup is to buy a Note (4 or 5, not sure yet) if the new Nexus disappoints and see what next year’s Nexus looks like then.

  • Freethings Stuff

    2700 mAh battery???I’ve had the nexus 4 and 5. battery life is a major issue. I guess they’ve made up my mind for me and I’ll go with the one plus two.

    • Cakefish

      I also have had the Nexus 4 and currently have the Nexus 5 and am leaning towards the new Moto X 3rd gen (rumoured to have 3280mAh battery).

  • John Doe

    Well, I am really hoping that it is at least as good as my Nexus5!!

  • rogue3

    No Nexus tablet? My wife is still using her N7 almost two years later. It still performs well as her go-to device. I was really hoping to replace my outdated, sluggish ASUS TF300 with a new Nexus tablet. :(

    • Redowan Nafi

      get nexus 9…they are keeping it 2014-2015 flagship Android tablet.New nexus tablet may roll out in november 2016….thats almost in 2017

  • Larry Garfield

    When did 5+ inches become a “normal-sized phone”? I can barely use the current Nexus 5.

    • droidtomtom

      I agree. Personally I have somewhat large hands 9″ span, but I consider 4.5 – 4.7″ screens to be tops for me. Any larger and I have my 8.4″ Tablet. I like to be able to put my phone in my pocket. I wish phones came in 3.5″, 4.7″ and 6″ flavors without crippling the specs.

      • Edgardo A. Soto Rodriguez

        Nexus 6 size for me is the perfectamente size of all times..this is a treat t use this display and I enjoy my mini tablet phone, I will never go back to a smaller than 5.5 display. Smaller phones than that look like toys to me. I think if Google make a phone any smaller than 5.2 it will sell very poorly.

        • Tom Schneider

          I have a Nexus 6 and it is a good size; I won’t buy less than a 6 inch screen in the future.
          And phones should come in small, medium and large sizes.

    • Daggett Beaver

      Apparently you’re in the minority. As for me, I like a big display.

  • Kiran Shirwatkar

    I think huawei should come up with waterproof nexus 5 2015….this will surely kill the market

  • Cakefish

    Moto X 2015 or Nexus 5 2015? That’s the decision I’m currently trying to make.

    • Biach

      Definitly nexus 5. Love the design and screen there. If they update battery size and camera it’s perfect for me.

  • AfrodanJ

    I just want a Nexus phone with as good of a camera and battery as a Galaxy 6 or G4. Why is that so hard to produce!? Im willing to pay

    • Edgardo A. Soto Rodriguez

      Battery as the Galaxy 6, look my friend My Nexus 6 beats both the Galaxy S6 and the LGG4 in the battery department. Did you own a Nexus 6. I own a LGG4 and a Nexus 6 and prefers the Nexus 6 in over all performance. Yes the camera is better on the LGG4…but that’s it.

  • usman

    If nexus is coming out with new series. Please reduce the screen size lesst than 5 inch. let it be 4.5″. am stuck with my old mobile model coz , now a days all are not phones its like tablet and not handy.

  • David Bernado

    The dual cameras may seem gimmicky, but I’m way into it. If the Nexus 5 does have the dual camera setup and it’s good, then I may have to get that instead of the ZTE Axon.

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  • Arun kumar

    So confused. Currently owning a N4 and looking to upgrade. Nexii or Moto X Style?

    • C Lo

      Same boat you are in. I am nervous as hell for September 29th. It will either be amazingly awesome or depressingly sad.

  • Kenny Honeycutt

    Sounds great but will Verizon get either phone? Don’t want the LG I can’t wait for the Huawei’s version… But my luck Verizon won’t get them…

  • jared earls

    New nexus…

    • Subramanya Holla

      wow!!!.. is this a real one?? plz leake more pics, Huawei Nexus as well… Great job anyways..

    • Elbert Jann Demasu-ay

      Looking good for LG!! The soft-to-touch back of Nexus 5 is back!

    • Elbert Jann Demasu-ay

      Oh! and we need some leaks for Huawei Nexus too!!!

      • Daggett Beaver

        Here you go. Is he using an iPhone to take that picture?

  • apolloa

    No idea where this story has been updated as a lot of the rumoured specs are wrong, like the LG Nexus getting a fingerprint reader on the back and the Snap Dragon 620 SOC.

  • dmclone

    Why don’t manufactures listen to their customers. #1 most important thing to me is a huge battery. Everything else on my Nexus 5 runs great. Just knock it out of the park on battery size and you’ll win so many customers.

  • The Captain

    I’m not quite sold… I love my Nexus 6, and prefer the 5.9″ screen & Motorola build. I could part with Motorola, but down sizing the screen makes no sense to me.

    Curious as to additional features as well… The 6 is fast; I have no memory or lag issues; no camera issues; hell…. just no issues period. I’ve always jumped to the new model (year, after year), but I ultimately felt like there was always something BIG to upgrade (camera, size, memory, ext)… Not feeling this upgrade ‘yet’

  • Wioym

    Hey everyone just wanted to tell to not buy this phone. There are just too many alternatives that are 100% better. As said in the video on paper this and all elephone phones are deal breakers, however the company just doesn’t have sufficient number of rom developers, since the rom itself is just utterly awful (doesn’t utilize the phone’s capability). This might change in 2 years or so, however for now you are better off just trading something less powerful for actually good support, rom optimization and the phone itself. Last thing elephone quality control is just awful, you feel like gambling with 50-50 chance of the phone being either just straight up poorly built or properly. Definitely won’t return to this phone again.

  • me me

    With the OnePlusTwo being a disappointment, there’s all the more interest in the Nexus 5 2015.

  • Why do reviewers call the the slightly higher pixel density on a smaller screen an “upgrade” and vice versa. Putting the same exact number of pixels in a given screen size is neither an upgrade or a downgrade! PPI is simply a function of those two numbers. It is SO irritating!

  • tgtheprodigy

    I’m just glad they’re making a 5 inch phone again, 6 is just stupidly large.

    • Daggett Beaver

      TWSS

  • Karly Johnston

    There is no way it ships with an 820 this year.

    • Tony T.

      Yeah, I think Evan just wanted to get our hopes up so he could dash our dreams ;__;

    • C Lo

      Unfortunately, I think you are right.

  • Ben

    Sd 820/810 and the g4’s camera would make the new n5 perfect .seeing thats not the case and it’s $50 more than the original n5 I really really hope the base model is 32 gb…

  • KapteinStein

    Wish: google releases nexus 5x in November while the Huawei nexus will ship in January due to the new 820 chip!!

  • shivansh

    Good thing is motorola is not making any nexus this year.

  • Daggett Beaver

    Bender likes the Nexus 6P camera.

  • C Lo

    If the 820 is in the new Nexus device, I will cream my pants and buy it, not necessarily in that order.