Huawei executive says it will build another Nexus device this year

Huawei executive says it will build another Nexus device this year
Huawei produced its very first stock Android Nexus handset last year, the Nexus 6P. Loaded with high-end specs, the phone was a success. That would normally earn Huawei another opportunity to produce another Nexus handset in the future. With HTC rumored to be prepping a pair of Nexus handsets for this year, it would seem that Google already has its Nexus dance card filled for 2016.

But while in South Africa Thursday for the unveiling of the Huawei P9, Huawei P9 Plus and Huawei P9 lite, the company's general manager for its Consumer Business Group in the region let a big cat out of the bag. Charlene Munilall reportedly told local media that "We’re doing the Nexus again this year, by the way." Considering that HTC is expected to launch both a 5-inch (model T-50) and a 5.5-inch (model T-55) Nexus handset this year, there wouldn't seem to be any room for Huawei to return to the land of Nexus until 2017 at the earliest. Like it did in 2015, Google does want to offer two Nexus models each year with one being a high-end unit.

It is possible that the comments attributed to the Huawei executive were taken out of context since she was talking about imports of the Nexus 6P into the South African market. The phone has not yet been released in the region. You can read the comment below and judge for yourself whether or not Huawei will be producing another Nexus model this year.

Since 2010 when the Nexus One launched, there have been eight phones unveiled from five manufacturers. LG has delivered the most Nexus phones with three (Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 5X). Samsung is responsible for a pair (Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus) while Motorola (Nexus 6), HTC (Nexus One) and Huawei (Nexus 6P) have done one apiece.

Regardless of whether it produces a new Nexus model this year, Huawei has certainly earned a shot at building another one in the not too distant future. If not this year, perhaps next year. If not then, well, soon.

source: Gearburn via AndroidAuthority

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Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)



1. Loveneesh

Posts: 439; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

I think it is the vr daydream device which Huawei are going to launch.

12. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

I 2nd you bro

2. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

I hope the 6Pv2 had a stronger mid frame.

3. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Nexus 7? Maybe it's not a phone, she just said Nexus, not a Nexus phone. But yea in the context of what she said, it does point to a phone. Maybe HTC backed off from the 6inch model and is just doing the 5, while Hewuei release a sequel to the 6P.

4. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I kinda wonder why there is no Sony Nexus at all?Hm...

5. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

Sony sells average products at expensive prices (excluding the playstation), also their mobile industry lacks of innovation and attention in recent years, lets face it, maybe some peolpe like their designs but they don't excel in anything, and there's also the annoying 6 months cycle for flagships, unless you are a sony fan you never actually know whats the current sony top dog and how long will take them to replace it. some things that google doesn't seem to like.

6. Scarambay unregistered

I somewhere read that Sony was offered a chance to make a Nexus, but declined it for some undisclosed reason.

10. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I read that too, I wonder why Sony rejected it, but that is few year back, just curious why Google didn't negotiate with them again. I mean, Sony is basically the oldest OHA member that still didn't produce any Nexus device.

9. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I know that in recent year, most of the Sony phones doesn't really stand out. I like their design, but their price truly a deal breaker, especially in their middle-end segment. I used to be a Sony Ericsson fans, up until Xperia X10 mini, since then their newer device doesn't really attract me anymore. But still, does that related to Google too? I thought Google will find out a OEM partner and built the phone based on their(Google) requirement :/

14. Ghost04

Posts: 521; Member since: May 03, 2014

PlayStation is the only Sony product I love. Nowadays. Even the Bravias are poor in quality . Except a few top of the range Bravias .

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5696; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Their cameras are still top notch too

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Although I've never owned one (joys of being on a CDMA carrier) their Xperia Z Compact phones were basically the flagship of the mini smartphones (vs phones like the Galaxy S mini, LG G mini, or HTC One mini). Sony was the only ones not to skimp when making a smaller version of their flagship phones.

23. Ghost04

Posts: 521; Member since: May 03, 2014

Yeah they are excellent. I forgot to mention

7. Ghost04

Posts: 521; Member since: May 03, 2014

I think it's a tablet phone . Like the Mediapad X2 phone+tablet

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

or 6.4-6.7" phablet, lol...

8. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

HTC is already expected to make two phones so I'd assume it'll be a tablet?

13. havoc

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

dual sim nexus please...

15. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

Keep dreaming, had that dream once and then I woke up

26. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL I love what you just said.

18. Orion78

Posts: 200; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Hold up 5.5 in screen for the bigger HTC model? GTFO with that. I hope it's not true. Too small....needs to be 5.7. Damn I hope Huawei makes another phone because I'm not going down in screen size.

19. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

The nexus 6p is one of my favorite phones not only of last year but one that is in my top 5 of being purchased.

21. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The smaller Nexus needs to have better battery life and follow the 5/5X formula, and it could be a great little phone. I picked up a 5X after they had ironed out the bugs, and it was a nice little phone with mediocre battery life.

22. bonnie100th

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 01, 2010

It's clear that she is referring to a Nexus phone. I can't wait for the release of both Huawei and HTC

24. Hashed unregistered

A compact high-end Nexus from Huawei is soo welcome, sure will be on my list of choice.

25. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Google should partner up with Vivo for their next phone.

27. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Either I'm expecting a Sony Nexus or HTC making a comeback to make another Nexus.

28. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Reduce the bezels this time around. Huawei are usually good with the screen to body ratio so they can do it.

29. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Huawei if you are making another Nexus, please leave the visor behind.

30. novaxxx

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

So three new Nexus devices this year then, as HTC have confirmed Google has already contracted them to build two new Nexus phones this year. I won't ever touch a huawei as there crap, there an apple clone, don't have menus, don't run a pure Android experience and offer poor customer service.

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