Many people expected updates regarding the Google Nexus 2016 phones to come out during the recently concluded Google I/O 2016 event.
However, to their disappointment, nothing really encouraging came out with respect to these gizmos. Apparently, all we can say about this year’s line of Nexus phones is that they will be powered by the new Android N. This is the norm for Google, which usually announces its new OS with new devices.
Last year saw LG-made Nexus 5X and Huawei-made Nexus 6P announced together with the release of Android Marshmallow. With Android N now into the public beta stage, the company will probably be announcing the successors to these two devices somewhere towards the end of Q3 or early Q4.
While this is still based on speculations, further leaks claim that the Google Nexus 2016 phones, or at least one, will come with a pressure-sensitive display, something similar to Apple’s 3D Touch. This has long been rumored to be in the making and things even got hotter in the rumor mill when it emerged that Android N will integrate the technology in order to ease the process of including pressure-sensitive screens for its partner OEMs.
According to leaks surfacing from China’s Weibo, it seems HTC will be in charge of both handsets to be released under the Google Nexus 2016 lineup. As it seems, one of the phones will be a 5-inch device that comes to take the place of the Nexus 5X and the other will be a 5.5-inch device meant to replace the flagship Nexus 6P. Many expected that Google will recall Huawei for this year’s handsets following the tremendous success the 6P has seen. But it seems HTC has already been given the nod ahead of the Chinese company.
HTC last worked with Google for the release of the Nexus 9 tablet. With the tablet’s production now discontinued, it seems HTC now wants to embark on another journey of working on the Google Nexus 2016 phones. If rumors are to be believed, we’ll see one device, probably the 5.5-inch model, coming in with the latest Snapdragon 820 SoC, an Adreno 530 GPU and a RAM of 4GB, just like the HTC 10 and other 2016 smartphone flagships. However, don’t be surprised to see a device packed with 6GB RAM to match the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 6 and a series of other devices featuring such massive RAM, for instance, the newly announced ZTE Axon 7.