Google to announce two new Nexus phones on September 29th

Google’s annual Nexus unveiling usually consists of one phone and a tablet if you’re lucky. This year the word around the internet is that Google is planning to release two new phones that cater to a wider range of Android fans. A new report from CNet now points to September 29th as the release date. This date has been rumored before and matches with some things we’ve heard, so it sounds pretty legit.
As for the hardware, Google is expected to announce a modestly sized 5.2-inch smartphone from LG, the maker of the fan favorite 2013 Nexus 5. The screen will be 1080p rather than the now-standard 1440p for flagship phones. That’s probably more than sufficient for a 5.2-inch phone, though. The new Nexus 5 is expected to have a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 (like the G4), 3GB of RAM, and a 2700mAh battery. Again, 3000mAh and higher battery capacities are becoming standard, but this cell should be great for a mere 1080p screen.
The larger of the two phones expected to be announced will be made by the popular Chinese OEM Huawei. There have only been a few devices from Huawei sold in the US, so the Nexus will be its first introduction to many users. This handset will have a 5.7-inch QHD (2560×1440) screen, 3GB of RAM, and a more powerful Snapdragon 810. This chip has been known to run warm in other phones thanks to the eight ARM cores. It has four high-power Cortex-A57 cores and four efficient Cortex-A53 cores. The 808 only has two of the high-power ones to save power and lower heat. Google and Huawei have reportedly been working closely with Qualcomm on the hardware to keep the 810’s heat in check. We’ll have to wait and see if that works out.
Both phones are going to have fingerprint readers on the back, which was intended to be a feature of Motorola phones going back several years. That’s why phones like the Nexus 6 have the dimple below the camera. However, Apple famously bought the supplier of the best touch fingerprint sensors on the market to lock down Touch ID, so these will be the first Nexus devices with fingerprint sensors. This is also notable because Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be the first version of Android that has native support for fingerprint reader hardware.
Source: Extreme Tech

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