First alleged real-world images of Huawei's new Nexus phablet leak out (update: Snapdragon 810 inside)

First alleged real-world images of Huawei's new Nexus phablet leak out (update: Snapdragon 810 inside)
Google's Nexus family is due for an upgrade with not one, but two new phones: a regular sized smartphone allegedly made by LG, and a larger screen-phone, a phablet made by Huawei, and it seems that the first legitimate real-life images of the Huawei Nexus phone have leaked out. The phone is rumored to feature a 5.7-inch display, run on the Snapdragon 810 system chip and sport a 3500mAh battery.

The Huawei Nexus images surfaced on Google Plus, courtesy of user Tiesen Fu, who claims he got the pictures from a friend, and while we can't say much about the source, the images do seem very realistic. 

The images portray a phone carrying both the Huawei and Nexus logos and two of the three key signature features of the new Nexus family: dual front-firing speakers and a fingerprint scanner on the back. The third one is allegedly a USB Type C port. This trifecta of new features for both new Nexus phones were first mentioned by @onleaks, who has an admirable track record with rumors.

Update: @onleaks has joined in the leak saga with a screenshot image of the boot sequence showing for the first time that the upcoming Huawei Nexus phone (codenamed 'Angler') will indeed run on the Snapdragon 810 system chip (MSM8994) with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM and will have a version with 64GB of internal storage. This goes against some early-stage rumors about the phone being powered by the Snapdragon 820. Qualcomm is expected to ship the new Snapdragon 820 chip to mass market smartphones in early 2016. See the fourth image in the slideshow below for confirmation. 

Judging by the chamfered edges around the fingerprint scanner on the back of this Huawei Nexus, we're dealing with a metal construction. Let's remind you that we've previously seen the exact dimensions for this phone leak out:

  • 5.7” Huawei Nexus dimensions: 159.4 x 78.3 x 6.6/8.5mm

The variability in thickness is allegedly to show that the upper section containing the camera module is thicker, while the rest of the phone is said to be extremely thin. Take a look at the pictures right below, and let us know your thoughts: do you like what you see here?



1. Wulfgardr

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 29, 2014


8. AnTuTu

Posts: 1622; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

That's one ugly looking Nexus. Look at those hideous top n bottom bezels ;(

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm kind of happy it doesn't look like an iPhone+HTC One copy But really disappointed that it looks so ugly

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

On second thought, it still does look very similar to the HTC One

28. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

It seems too big to be acceptable for my primary phone....

68. unregistered

From my wn point of view. This Huawei Nexus is going to be a big fail.

80. erikngn

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

It actually looks like HTC Butterfly 2/Butterfly S

85. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

What's wrong with Apples Design???

55. carlemillward unregistered

Who knows, LG might also have the same problem... o_O

64. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG Nexus 5 (2015) is look good.

84. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

I have to agree. Not only is it ugly but is the ugliest nexus ever to hatch on this earth. Google should stick with Motorola.

60. carlemillward unregistered

The next HTC One M9?

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014


34. carlemillward unregistered

The black top makes it look like a bar code scanner, hilarious.

39. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

It is a bar code scanner, in disguise.

41. carlemillward unregistered

It is one of those phones that look better with a case on. As long asthe specs is good, that matters more, IMO

62. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I don't even want to think about how big this phone would be with a case on...

63. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It reminds me more of a stretched-out periscope.

76. carlemillward unregistered

That too

3. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

the nexus by LG looks better than this but i like this huge battery.

4. ChowMein

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

not sure about the top bit

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

If the top needed to be thicker, they should of gave it a "teardrop" design, like the ultrabooks and MacBook This big bump looks weird

20. TyrionLannister unregistered

A phone needs to be evenly heavy to feel nice in hand. A teardrop design will make the phone top-heavy which will feel incredibly awkward to hold, not to mention fragile as the top portion will be the one getting hit in case of a drop.

21. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no if they just change back cover to teardrop style.. internal part keep at the same place, so is the weight distribution (but it will look even weirder)

40. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The top would'nt necessarily be heavy They could put the heavy components lower to balance out the weight But your right that the top shouldn't be glass I was meaning a metal teardrop design, like ultrabooks/MacBook Then have the camera glass slightly recessed Although, personally I'd prefer a slightly fatter phone with a flat back and bigger battery

96. Esteban4u

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

They should have just made the entire phone the same thickness as the top thick portion, that way the phone would be the same thickness throughout without the weird bump on top. That may make the phone a little thicker but allow more room for more battery.

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

huawei mate S LOOKS better top and bottom bezel is slim,.

26. Guaire

Posts: 893; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Also most probably it's fat comparing to that. Slim phones has elongated top and bottom almost as a rule. That one also dual speakers at top and bottom.

6. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

The upper back portion really looks ugly.

7. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

This looks way better than those renders, I can hardly contain my excitement.

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