Google Prepping 5.2 And 5.7-Inch Nexus Smartphones For 2015 Launch

Over the past few days, we’ve been hearing quite a bit about what Google has in store for 2015. Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend alone, we’ve learned that Android M has the internal designation “Macadamia Nut Cookie,” and that the operating system will bring native fingerprint authentication along with guaranteed OS updates for two years (Nexus devices only).

Today, Android Police is giving us some insight on the hardware side of things. The first bit of news may be disappointing for tablet fans (but not surprising given the current state of the tablet market) — there will reportedly not be a new Nexus tablet launched this year. Tablets are pretty boring these days anyway, so the real hot news is that there will be not one, but two new Nexus smartphones on tap for 2015.

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2014 saw the launch of the positively massive Nexus 6 (read the HotHardware review here) with its 6-inch QHD display, but Google will be a bit more conservative this time around. The smaller of the two phones will be an LG unit, which goes by the codename Angler. It will feature a 5.2-inch display and will reportedly bring with it the hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor that is currently powering the flagship LG G4 smartphone and a 2700 mAh battery.

The second model, codename Bullfish, is being produced by Chinese OEM Huawei and will feature a 5.7-inch display, the oft-maligned octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, and a 3500 mAh battery.

Android Police ranks its confidence on this latest bit of news as a 7 on a 10-point scale. So it’s not exactly complete rubbish that we should totally ignore, but specs and features are surely “subject to change” until Google hands down the official announcement.

While the having two Nexus smartphones to choose from this year is definitely promising news, we’re most excited about the prospects of the 5.2-inch model which would be the first true successor to the ever-popular Nexus 5 which originally launched back in October 2013.


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