The analyst is Jiutang Pan, Research Head at the Shenzhen Huaqiang Electronics Research Institute specializing in the value chain of the electronics industry of China. Pan has authored several papers on the electronics industry and has accurately leaked details about upcoming devices from Chinese companies, including Xiaomi, Meizu, and Huawei. Most recently, Pan revealed the specifications of MediaTek’s next generation Helio X20 system on a chip.
Posting on Weibo, Jiutang Pan claims the Huawei-made Nexus will feature a 5.7-inch display of 2K (Quad HD) resolution and that it will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor. The device is said to be slated for the second half of the year, though that’s not a hard prediction to make given we’re close to June already.
If this is accurate, the Huawei Nexus shapes up to be a high-end affair, and one of a more manageable size, following the 5.96-inch monster that is the Nexus 6.
There’s a lot of sense in Google teaming up with a Chinese manufacturer for a Nexus device. Huawei, and its local peers like ZTE, Xiaomi, and even Lenovo, are the most dynamic Android OEMs right now. More importantly, they are the players that are winning market share in developing countries, where most new smartphone users are coming from. Plus, Google has a strong incentive to team with a Chinese player, as it hopes to return to the bustling Chinese market, potentially this year. Sundar Pichai himself said at MWC 2015 that Google plans to work with a local company to make this happen, and Huawei fits the bill perfectly.
How do you feel about a 5.7-inch Snapdragon 810 Nexus smartphone?