In search of the perfect Google Nexus smartphone: 6 great concept designs

In search of the perfect Google Nexus smartphone: 6 great concept designs
Google’s Nexus family of smartphones has come a long way since the HTC-made Nexus One from early 2010. The latest in the series is the Nexus 6, which, with its 6-inch display, seems to be too big for some users, thus being somewhat of a disappointment for them. In a way, the Nexus 6 isn’t a successor to the Nexus 5, but the first in a new breed of Google smartphones: extra-large ones.

While there’s no way of telling if Google will go back to releasing smaller Nexus handsets, we assume that many Android fans would want that. Until next year, when Google should introduce its seventh smartphone and we’ll be able to see what that’s all about, we can only dream about a perfect Nexus. With that in mind, we’ve put together a collection of Nexus concept designs - some of the best made in the last years. Let’s take a look, shall we? Who knows, maybe bits and pieces of them will make it into real Nexus models someday.

Google Nexus P3

Physical QWERTY keyboards seem to be a thing of the past, but wouldn’t a Nexus handset with such a keyboard be interesting? Meet the Nexus P3, a concept that has a QWERTY keyboard which can be removed and replaced with a gamepad, or an extended battery. Zoom in to see all the details:

Sony Xperia Nexus
Will Sony ever manufacture a Google Nexus handset? We don’t know, but at least we can take a look at this Sony Xperia Nexus from conceptland. This smartphone would be a beast in the real world, as its imaginary features include a 5.2-inch display with 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), a Snapdragon 810 processor, 21 MP rear camera, 8 MP front-facing camera, 4GB of RAM, and a 4000 mAh battery.

Google Motorola X Phone

This concept design dates from last year, and depicts a 4.7-inch Motorola-made “Google X Phone”. The design certainly isn’t in line with what Motorola would create, but that doesn’t mean it’s not appealing. Obviously, that PureView camera seen on the back is a dream that will never come true (since Microsoft exclusively owns the rights to use the PureView technology).

Sony Nexus Compact

If 6-inch, 5-inch, or 4.7-inch displays are all too large for you, you’d probably love this Sony Nexus Compact concept, which proposes a 4.3-inch screen with 1080 x 1920 pixels and a 512 ppi density. A dedicated camera button and a 6.7mm-thin water-resistant body are also among its features.

Motorola Nexus Plus

Here’s another Motorola Nexus concept, this time called Nexus Plus (or Nexus+). With a 5-inch 1080p display, dual front-facing speakers, and an 8.5mm-thin body built around a magnesium frame, this looks like a Nexus 5 from a parallel universe - one where Google had chosen Motorola instead of LG to make the fifth iteration of its smartphone.

HTC Nexus 6

The designer of this HTC Nexus 6 concept didn’t provide any features for it. Even so, it’s clear that the device should be a relatively large one, offering dual front-facing speakers, and thin bezels. The handset looks like a simpler variant of HTC’s One (M8) - and that's a good thing.

Now that you've seen all the concepts, which one's your favorite? Do you think any of them could be the perfect Nexus phone? Let us know in the comments below!



1. nitinraj

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Sony nexus compact looks great ..I'd buy one if they ever do!

3. MahmoudHamsharii

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

I think after the Shamu, they'll never make a compact nexus device "sony nexus".

19. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Google Nexus P3 concept is innovative while HTC Nexus 6 concept is awesome which I liked the most.

32. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I was thinkin the same thing. That would have been "the perfect nexus" for me, especially if it had good battery life and a big sony camera attached to it. Sony Nexus Compact for the win!

2. MahmoudHamsharii

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

The HTC concept is killing me.

4. trung_ero

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Xperia nexus and Nexus compact ftw!!!

5. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

thank God, the current nexus 6 is more bautiful. Sony xperia nexus looks bad, like a pice of brick. But i really want to see Sony's interpretation of nexus

6. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Nokia Nexus?

11. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Wow and looks like N1 compact with some more styling elements. Would be a killed. I like HTC N6 design. Sony one looks crapp.

15. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Design : Nokia X7 Software : Stock Android Hardware : Latest and greatest available

16. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

Shibe, Nokia is dead. What remains is a software team that will manufacture everything with third-party hardware. Nokia devices will never again be made with finnish quality. That is a harsh reality you have to accept.

17. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

ಥ _ ಥ

20. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

It burns me to hear that Microsoft has the rights to Pureview technology. Anyway, you have my condolences.

28. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its not that hard to license Pureview from Microsoft. Its like the others that gets Sony or Samsung camera/sensors on their own phones.

7. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

I like the P3 concept.. and when you dont have the keyboard or game pad installed, make it a trackpad!

8. e8ght

Posts: 27; Member since: May 25, 2013

the Nexus+ concpet looks sexy:)

9. 12700PakoimaPiru818

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

I've never Really been a Fan of Conceptual Designs. All it seems to do is get Hopes Up until the Ball Drops and Tadahhh!! Things unfortunately are never as Brilliant as Concepts and Renders tend to Be.

10. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

I like xperia nexus

12. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013


13. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

The 6 has the best design of a Nexus device. It might be too big for a few people, but the rounded slopes and design are great in the hand.

14. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I'll take the Sony Nexus Compact or Sony Xperia Nexus. Sony hardware + Google stock Android = perfection...

18. yourpskumar

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Its one of great phone for combined with two power... SOny and Nexus. Update your phone apps with latest mobile apps downloading from

21. Dinox

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 24, 2014

touch phones with dpad will never work, unless it's backed up by console companies with quality games...there are just so rare games (let alone good) to support dpad. (pre xperia play owner)

22. simple24061986

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Forget the concept , just give us upgradable memory OR a microSD slot (a removable battery too if you can manage it) & Samsung follows Nokia..... !!! :D

23. AnukulVcool unregistered

it can be Xperoid or Droid play (xperia play 2)

25. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

i really want a nexus experia smartphone so we at least for the first time ever get a long battery life - great camera nexus for the first time ever

26. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

htc nexus 6 is awesome concept

27. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

btw i dnt think so there are hardly any users who wants 4.3 inch screen bcoz now a days 4.5 to 5 inch screen lies in a compact catagory

29. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

I would like to see Apple nexus device. That would be interesting phone. :-)

30. NightSurfer

Posts: 101; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Why is that google xphone did not materialized instead we have a fat big nexus 6? Hoping for Motorola x next year. Also, I like the idea of Sony as next nexus oem.

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