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)



1. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Not happy... the new N5 would be a whole centimeter taller than the old N5, and thicker... and the design seems worse.

11. dazed1

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

0'2 inch is 0.5cm and add stereo speakers on top of that = 1cm is not so bad.

42. willzzz

Posts: 36; Member since: May 27, 2015

It's also almost 1cm taller than the G2 which is also 5.2". Obviously you have to allow extra space for extra features, but I'd still like to see a true G2 replacement at some point.

45. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Sadly, now I will have to go for a Z5c seeing as they have put another phone into the giant phone category. I don't get it, has every lost their mind or something? Are we going to have to deal with only 5.5 inch handsets starting next year? The Nexus 5 was literally the perfect size for me and I have average sized hands. Do none of these companies focus on ergonomics at all anymore? Well, here is to praying that Sony doesn't lose their minds in the dick size game and sticks to what is an amazing size for the compacts right now.

19. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Don't trust that guy he said 5.7" Huawei nexus will have SD 820, Qualcomm cleared today that 820 won't be available till 2016.

23. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

My bad onleak and evaleak got me confused LOL.

30. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

@PA: screw the curved backs , this is lg, not mot0 -_-

34. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Yeah, the dimension should be like the good ol' G2 !! With metallic back cover, obviously.

35. Simona unregistered

but not huawei one .. :) huawei will be nice and slim so much better

2. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

Why does it look like it's written Porsche on the back of the device, picture 3?

4. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011

Keep in mind that this current leak does not contain any images. We've used these previously leaked images for illustration purposes only.

28. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

Ok, thanks for clarifying!

3. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Hope the camera was great at least on par with Note 4 or the iPhone 6 plus. 2nd wishes is the long lasting battery life.

5. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Finger print reader on rear. Hmmmm?

7. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

IMHO, that's a good placement, the Mate 7 proved it. It's where your index finger will land and it's really convenient.

10. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

The only thing I wouldn't like about the finger print being on the back is when I'm at my desk and wanting to unlock it. I'd have to pick up the phone in order to get my finger back there. First world problems.

22. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That and implementing it in the home button means you only need to perform one action to turn on and unlock your phone, unless the scanner on the back will double as a power button, which hopefully it will. Again, first world problems.

26. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

This is a big reason why I want the Note 5. It will also incorporate Samsung pay which can be use at almost every terminal instead of just NFC capable terminals.

36. Simona unregistered

u will just use double tap on lcd to wake u p :)

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.

8. Landon

Posts: 1245; 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

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Bad time for a mofo like me to be broke.

12. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

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

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: 799; 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.

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