New Huawei Nexus smartphone powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 could be released in 2016

New Huawei Nexus smartphone powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 could be released in 2016
While Qualcomm already announced its quad-core, 14nm Snapdragon 820 chipset, devices using it will only be commercially available starting next year. Needless to say, we're expecting plenty of important flagship smartphones to be based on the Snapdragon 820, and it looks like even some Galaxy S7 variants will use Qualcomm's new - and definitely powerful - chipset.

According to Chinese analyst Pan Jiutang, one of next year's high-end handsets that will be powered by the Snapdragon 820 could be a next-generation Huawei-made Nexus (which is unlikely to be unveiled before the second half of 2016). As you may know, this year's Nexus 6P is the first to be manufactured by Huawei, and the device has been well received by most customers.

Save for the fact that it should feature a Snapdragon 820 processor, there are no details about the alleged second-generation Huawei Nexus smartphone. However, we wouldn't be surprised if this turns out to be a large metal-made handset (just like the Nexus 6P, which is based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 chipset).

Not long ago, we heard that Huawei might also be the maker of a new Nexus 7 tablet that's supposed to be released sometime in 2016, so things could get really interesting for the Chinese company come next year.

source: Weibo (in Chinese) via GizmoChina



1. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I guess no Pixel phone then?

10. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

I will be returning my 6P just to get this 820 model, if this pans out to be true. Mainly because the performance takes a hit due to the higher temperatures on the current gen Nexus.

16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I am holding on to purchase any device with sd 810 or sd808.... Nexus 6p is huge, it is slightly bigger than my 6inch vivo xplay 3s... Google seriously need to slim down the bezels... by the time (next half of 2016) google will launch nexus 6p 2016, I might have purchased some other phone already... LG V10 is beautiful and the best phone available but it is also very huge. There is no need for a ticker display. It made the phone pretty tall. Both of these phones are bigger than my current xplay 3s... I hope lg will release G5 with the same design of V10 but without any ticker display

29. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

808 and 810 are not that bad IMO... I have no problems with the 808 in my 5X, and the phone is just great. It probably depends on how you use the phone... if you spend your time running antutu benchmarks, you'll see maybe lower scores than apple or samsung's best CPUs, but you shouldn't experience any problem during your daily usage... anyway, if those processors do bother you, just wait for the 820... I guess that in Q1 we'll see the first phones (while, of course, you'll have to wait a whole year to get a nexus with a new processor).

33. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Performance is good, 801 Was already good enough. 808 and 810 didn't cut it for me because of battery usage.

39. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Mainly because devices with 808 and 810 came with lollipop witch sucks in battery life.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yeah. I came from a KK ROM on my Z3C, and with my optimizations, I was getting a realistic estimation of a little over 11 hours sot. After I installed lollipop, the estimated sot dropped to a little over 10 hours. Standby is potentially better and it's way snappier, so I guess it's a balanced trade. But the standby gains won't be seen by most phones, as Sony excels in this department.

13. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Still hoping for one, but if not I'll probably be interested in this rumored Nexus.

18. Lmao2013

Posts: 44; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

I will return to a stock Android phone when they make a pixel phone

32. rubertus

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

I'll be happy a proper Nexus 5X, 64Gb and up. Refreshed cpu/gpu.

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Inb4 JerryRigEverything

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Back to back manufacturer for Nexus generations...bravo Huawei.

4. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015


5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Um it should use the 830. Why is Google cheaping out? This current nexus should use the sd820.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5747; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I doubt the 830 will be available in Q3 2016, probably Q1 2017 There might be a 821 or 825 in Q3 2016, if Qualcomm go back to releasing a new flagship SoC every 6 months

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yeah so it should use the 825 and not the 820. Google better not cheap out.

6. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Unless Qualcomm is moving from a two top end SOC a year to one.

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Huawei make better nexus than others no doubt

24. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Maybe Nokia nexus would be interesting...

25. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Not a half bad idea. Only that the other half would require Nokia (if they're really gonna be back into the game at that point) to somehow regain their key hardware people from MS....or Jolla or Newkia

31. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Nokia will get free from contract binding in December 2016... How they can release a phone in 2016? they cant... I dont think they will launch any phone in 2016... this new CEO of microsoft has already fired all the talent of old nokia... I doubt that new nokia will have the same legendary hardware expertise

27. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

nokia does not make phones anymore, how could they ever make a nexus?

38. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

So basically a foxconn device? Because nokia no longer has any factories in its hand to turn out a device. Basically you will buy a Nokia phone that is made by another. Which if you read internal reports of the old nokia before MS stepped in, was half their problem of getting a phone to market fast.

51. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I have no problem with it, just putting it into reality, that it wont be anything like the old nokia...or maybe it will...

8. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

give chance to sony this time

11. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I agree. Instant buy

34. belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

solve the Chinese little to advertise themselves, with big announcements, which I do not believe it. next year all top models will have a minimum of snapdragon 820

9. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I think this could be a refresh of 6p mid year or so. The pixel phone is happening

14. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Maybe the Pixel Phone will be the mid-year release, and this will be the next Nexus!

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