The new face of Nexus: front speakers, fingerprint on the back, USB Type C on a 5.7” Huawei phablet and 5.2” LG phone

The Google Nexus is back.

Not officially just yet, but leaks have been way too consistent and plentiful, and this latest one reveals the new face of the Nexus series: two Nexus phones are coming, a 5.7” phablet by Huawei, and a 5.2” phone by LG, and both will have front-facing speakers, a fingerprint reader on their back, and a USB Type C connector.

The leak comes courtesy of French leaker Steve Hammerstoffer (aka @onleaks), and also provides the full-on dimensions of the two upcoming new phones. Keep in mind that while @onleaks has a great track record with such pre-release info, this is still a leak and not official, and should be taken with a grain of salt.

  • 5.2” LG Nexus dimensions: 146.9 x 72.9 x 8/9.8mm
  • 5.7” Huawei Nexus dimensions: 159.4 x 78.3 x 6.6/8.5mm

You can immediately see that having two numbers for thickness means that these phones will most likely have a slight curve to its back, much like the Moto X, with the smaller number representing the thickness closer to the edges and the larger one - the maximum thickness in the middle. It is also mentioned that the camera could protrude (as you can see in the images below), which could also be the reason for the varying thickness spec. Keep in mind that this latest leak gives details about the specifications only, with no images, while the set of pictures below is from an earlier leak that may or may not be related to the actual device.

Both phones are likely to be made out of metal, with chances of the Huawei one being a metal-built phone with an all-aluminum body, while the LG one having a metal frame rather than the whole body mate of metal.

Naturally, the two phones will run the latest Android M release that we saw officially unveiled a couple of months ago at Google I/O. There are no further details about batteries or cameras, but with the current pace that the rumor mill is running at, we won’t be surprised to find out more about them soon.

source: @onleaks (1), (2)



48. lbblock

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

So who was it that claimed there'll be no more Nexus devices? :P

46. Elfmonster unregistered

I like the fingerprint smudges. How about phone makers figure out new glasses and backs that self-clean smudges? Does that macrobiotic phone do that? Sorry, I can't remember the name of the anti-germ phone.

44. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Wow, this is great, the two biggest spy masters working together.

43. acicl

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 25, 2015

Lg 5.2 Nexus 5 ...G2 screen and G3 size....disaster Huawei 5.7 Nexus 5 ....Nexus 6 size...bad

40. smoothiii

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 25, 2013

This is great. This will be the best year of phones ever. Every manufacturer has to get their stuff together, while the mobile providers are changing their plans and not subsidizing. All of this works together for better price points on phones and an extremely competitive landscape. Between Motorola, Huwaeii, Nextbit, OnePlus 2, Samsung, LG, HTC, etc, are all having to come up with more appealing phones that will have something great in one area and lack something in another area. Great options for us. I have a galaxy note 4 and am strongly considering the Edge+ (like the design) or Motorola X Style and/or Nexus phones (signed up for project FI). These choices are awesome. Long live the consumer!

39. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I am not ready to trust Huawei with my data on their device. I do not want a protruding camera or rounded back because they make the phone impossible to lay flat like a tablet. So probably Sony Z5+ for me. I know non-flat backs are bad because I have a Nexus 6.

38. yonith

Posts: 231; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

No way in hell LG is making the 5.2 inch phone that is as tall as the LG G3.

33. TBomb

Posts: 1787; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

The phones have my attention....

31. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2127; Member since: May 29, 2014

Both devices seem great to me. I'm leaning towards the Huawei Phablet to replace my Nexus 6 when it drops. Can't wait for an official announcement.

27. may_czos

Posts: 958; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

LG Nexus is going to be almost as big as LG G3 with 5,5 display. That means massive bezels which mean I'm out.

25. CptPwn

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

And the battery is going to be way smaller than Motorola's new play or Maxx, I bet.

24. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

I don't think this is how it's gonna be but either way , if it has SD 810 , i won't buy it

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Those dimensions are quite disappointing.

16. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

If the dimensions are correct, it's a bit surprising. Motorola managed to pack a 6 inch screen on a 158mm tall frame. Then why does Huawei, of all manufacturers pack a smaller 5.7 inch screen on a frame that is a mm taller? Seems fishy to me. Either the huawei nexus is also a 6 incher or else the leak is fake. On a side note, why not go the whole hog and put in atleast a 6 inch screen if you have decided to out a phablet version. After being spoilt by the z ultra, anything less than 6 inches seems tiny : P

17. Victor.H

Posts: 1129; Member since: May 27, 2011

It's already been pointed out that the reason is allegedly in the front facings speakers.

20. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Yea most likely fake. The 6inch screen Mate 7 dimensions are 157 x 81 x 7.9 mm while the 5.5inch screen Honor 6 plus is 150.5 x 75.7 x 7.5 mm. So the Nexus should be about 154mm x 77.

13. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Google should choose LG to exclusively make both 2 versions. Last year's Nexus 6 is a flop because they picked the wrong manufacturer, and this year, they repeat the same mistake by hiring another lowly-profile company. Isn't Huawei banned in the US by the way?

15. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Nexus 6 "flopped" because most people dont want that huge phones, 6" is stretching it for many. Put the Nexus 6 in a 5" body and it would have sold like cake, even though the higher price.

49. dazed1

Posts: 815; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Nexus 6 flopped because, 1. Bad display, should be same as Note 4. 2. Bad camera 3. Huge 6' should be 5.5-5.7' 4. No stereo recording, even it has 4 mics! 5. Bad battery life end.

50. Downtime24g

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

1. the display is just missing some brightness, clarity is the same 2. the camera is a top contender, look at the blind tests they do 3. 6' isnt for everyone obviously, both me and my fiance have it. I'm 6'5" w/ huge hands, shes 5'3" with tiny hands yet we're both perfectly fine with it. 4. I have stereo recording on mine. granted im rooted but its a software thing w/ moto/google software. plus if you care that much about it, root it like 70% of its users do anyways 5. this ones my favorite: N6 easily gets me through a day w/ extreme heavy use (high gfx games,

18. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Motorola is a great company, as wargreymon said if nexus was 5" it would have sold better.

41. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

:-\ Huawei is the third largest manufacturer in the world behind Apple... Their brand name is coming to the USA sooner than later and there's a lot more to this world than the USA, not all phone launches need to cater to us alone. Also Huawei phones are not banned, it's their Cellular Towers that the USA recommends telecoms not to purchase.

12. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Nexus phone should be somethong like the moto x style or the OP2 , cheep flagship.

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Bad time for a mofo like me to be broke.

8. Landon

Posts: 1249; Member since: May 07, 2015

The USB Type C is a great long as it's 3.1 speeds.

14. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

No chip supports 3.1 yet. Im more than happy if they just go with 3.0, why OP2 didnt do this is beyond me.

29. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Why it makes using and findiing cables big time problem, why is it needed At this time, the cable that comes with the he 1+2 does not even work on your pc, you need to buy other cables from there website, hm good way to charge you for more cables To the CPUs support USB 3.1 this I not needed at all

6. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Man I wish there was a phone that was jumping out at me. My Nexus 5 will be turning 2 this year. I don't need to upgrade it, so I guess I'll hold onto it for another year or until something grabs my fancy.

32. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Mine on the other hand is starting to show signs of age: the GPS loses lock often, the screen flickers every now and then, the case has a few hairline cracks, the trim around the volume button has fallen off. I hate to have a phone that needs to be replaced after less than a couple of years. If the new Nexus 5 costs a penny more than mine did, $350, it's not worth it for merely a couple of years of service.

37. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

My gnex is turning 4 and still runs like a champ! Only issue I'm having is battery starting to die now and my charging port is getting finnicky (probably cause I use it more.) I'll get a phone over the next few months and hope this one lasts until the new Nex 5 comes out. My wife has a nexus 5 and I think it's perfect.

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