A slugfest is brewing between China and South Korea, a fierce battle pitting tech manufacturers Huawei and LG for the honor of building Google's Nexus 2015. Who will build the better stock Android smartphone this time around?
Considering that the Nexus 4 and 5 are in LG’s past catalogue, the South Korean device maker seems to enjoy a huge advantage that could convince Google to make the convenient decision of giving the Nexus 2015 project back to the company.
But Huawei, new as it is to the Nexus world, is hardly a pushover. Huawei is a giant Chinese entity and in the event Google opts to go further east, a Huawei Nexus is fully capable of giving its LG counterpart an interesting fight. And going by the latest leaks on the matter, the China biggie has six ways to overpower LG.
Huawei plans to use the upcoming Mate 8 jumbo-phone as the next Nexus base-model, according to Gizmo China, and when the end-product is ready to rollout it will be a formidable device, its bevy of attractions headlined by high-end specs and features. The report, which pointed to a Chinese-language blog site as source, highlighted a 5.7-inch screen profile with 2K or 2560 x 1440 display resolution. Firing up the device is Huawei’s in-house Kirin 930 processing chip in 8-core configuration, which definitely defines the speed and muscle that the device is equipped with. Not to mention is the likelihood that the Kirin chip is free of that overheating issues that plague the Snapdragon 810, once rumored as the main engine for the LG-made Nexus 2015.
Not Too Big
As indicated above, Huawei’s likely take on Google’s signature phone is bigger than what LG could be planning (if the LG Nexus will be patterned after the LG G4) but is slightly smaller than the perceived oversized 5.9-inch Nexus 6. In effect, the Chinese device vendor is gunning for the sweet spot that will convince smartphone users -- phablet lovers or not -- to give it a try. Having a big screen, but not in an overkill dimension, will permit Huawei Nexus uses more navigational space and better viewing enjoyment on a mobile phone.
Premium Design, Solid Build
With the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung proved that premium and beautiful design plus solid build can go together, a concept to which Huawei could very well subscribe. The latter, actually, is no stranger to pretty and durable devices such as the Ascend series. So it is not surprising that the Huawei Mate is framed in a mixture of glass and metal materials. Most likely, the same will be ported to its Nexus twin given that Google will entrust its 2015 hero phone to Huawei.
One immediate impact of the Nexus 2015 going to Huawei’s way is the likelihood that the sticker price will get lower relative to the last make, the Motorola Nexus 6. The chances of this are not too remote considering that Huawei is in China, the hub of supply chain resources. There is little doubt that the manufacturer can tap into A-lister component suppliers minus the pricey cost. That could translate to consumer-friendly Nexus 2015 tag price.
Access To Bigger Market
Another benefit that Google could get in choosing Huawei for the next Nexus is the tantalizing possibility of the device gaining better foothold in the Chinese market, which is every device maker’s dream. With LG such a prospect is not too high and Samsung’s continuing decline in China is the best indicator.
Lastly, Gizmo China noted on its report that the looming Google-Huawei deal would see the fruit of their partnership around this fall. That could mean that by late September this year, the Nexus 2015 release date will happen, way ahead of the usual October or November of the native Android-powered device.
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