In a recent interview, Charlene Munilall, the general manager for Huawei's Consumer Business Group, told the media that, “We’re doing the Nexus again this year, by the way.” Since then, the rumor mill has been abuzz that Huawei will build a Nexus 2016 device this year. However, it seems that several news sites have incorrectly interpreted the statement made by the executive.
Gearburn.com had interviewed Munilall to discuss the Huawei P9, P9 Plus and P9 Lite smartphones as well as the company’s future plans for South Africa, XDA Developers reported. The Huawei Nexus 6P has not been officially released in South Africa. According to Munilall, the reason behind this is that since it is a niche product only few people purchase it.
She said that Cellucity, a mobile company, has only brought 300 units of the Nexus 6P through its distributors, but other operators are not ready to support the Nexus device. And then, Munilall added that “we’re doing the Nexus again this year,” which probably indicates the company plans to involve more carriers and stakeholders in a bid to bring more units of Nexus devices this year. However, several tech sites may have misinterpreted her statement by reporting that a Huawei Nexus 2016 will release this year.
Google is speculated to be working with HTC to release two Nexus 2016 smartphones this year. One of them is expected to feature a 5-inch display whereas the other model is pegged to include a 5.5-inch screen.
In April, an upgraded version of Nexus 6P was found listed on Geekbench benchmark’s database. It revealed a new version of the smartphone powered with Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB of RAM.
The original Nexus 6P that was launched in October 2015 is powered with Snapdragon 810 chipset and 3GB of RAM. Since Google wants to bring Google Play and several Android services to China, speculations indicate that Google and Huawei will partner again this year to release a Nexus device.