Huawei and LG are reportedly in the frame to manufacture Google’s next Nexus smartphones, as the search giant breaks with tradition and launches two devices in one year.
Apparently, the Chinese vendor is likely to manufacture a device with a 5.7-inch, 2K resolution screen supplied by Samsung. It would be powered by a Qualcomm 810 processor.
This will be joined by a 5.2-inch screen device from LG.
While a substantial market has grown up for large-screen ‘phablet’ devices, this category still makes up a minority of the whole smartphone sector – Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said that 21 per cent of devices sold in the US during Q1 had screens of 5.5-inches or above.
Last year, Google unveiled a single Nexus device, in the shape of the Motorola-made Nexus 6, which has a 6-inch 2K screen. This meant that many potential buyers may have been put-off by the heft of the smartphone.
Last year, Apple also broke with tradition for the first time by announcing new iPhones in two screen sizes – standard and phablet.
While LG has some pedigree in manufacturing Nexus smartphones – it was behind Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 – Huawei is new to the roster. Indeed, it would give a significant marketing boost to the Chinese vendor due to its selection by Google over its rivals.
Google traditionally unveils its new Nexus devices toward the end of the year, alongside the new version of the Android platform.