Crazy early rumor calls for 2016 Huawei-made Nexus with Snapdragon 820
Just how well is Huawei’s rookie Nexus effort doing at the box-office, we may not find out for sure anytime soon. Google can be secretive like that, and its newest hardware-manufacturing partner has other device lineups to gloat about.
But seeing as how the N6P list price won’t budge, while the LG-produced Nexus 5X is treated to frequent profile-raising discounts, it feels safe to assume the Snapdragon 810 phablet sells like hotcakes. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise Google and Huawei are considering extending their collaboration, though a final decision is probably still down the road.
The search giant must first decide if there’s a future for Nexus tablets, and if the newly implemented two-phone release strategy can work in the long run. OEMs like Samsung, Motorola or HTC might want back in, with Sony or perhaps one of those Chinese fast-risers also qualifying for a stab at the perfect stock Android handheld.
Bottom line, we have this fairly reputable Asian analyst telling us a second Huawei Nexus will land sometime next year, with Snapdragon 820 processing power, but there’s no way to verify the legitimacy of that claim just yet.
What could be worth pointing out is that Huawei reportedly eyes an escalation of its in-house SoC distribution, but Google doesn’t want to gamble on a Kirin. Samsung, Sony, LG and Motorola, among others, are expected to outfit their 2016 flagships with SD820 chips, suggesting Qualcomm remains a trusted, top-class component supplier, regardless of Snapdragon 810 snafus.