IFA, the huge Berlin tech show that's Europe's equivalent of the Consumer Electronics Show in the US, opens in early September, just a few weeks away. And that means it's high time for rumors, speculation and leaks of the tech to be announced there.
To that end, CNET has obtained two photos from a person familiar with Huawei's plans for the show. The photos (displayed here) reveal only the rear and side of what appears to be a large-screen "phablet" -- a phone-tablet hybrid.
If the photos look familiar to followers of Huawei's phones, it's because they bear a striking resemblance to a phone shown in a video (and resulting screengrabs) at Nowhereelse.fr and 9to5google. Those sites speculated that the device -- which appears to be the same one pictured here -- was the next phone from the .
Huawei, based in China, is the top-ranked telecommunications equipment company in the world by revenue and the fourth-largest smartphone vendor by market share. Last year, it opened anto sell phones directly to consumers in the US. It sells smartphones in the UK and Europe under the brand .
While it's certainly possible the phone shown here is indeed the next Nexus phone, it's worth noting that Huawei has already scheduled its IFA press conference for September 2 -- and that the company is vigorously looking to ramp up its brand presence outside China. (Google does not hold a press conference at IFA, but would likely announce any new Nexus devices at its own event.)
Whichever the eventual brand -- Nexus, Huawei, Honor or any combination of the three -- it's a safe bet that we'll know more on September 2, one way or the other. CNET will be delivering in-depth coverage of the entire IFA show from Berlin starting September 1. Stay tuned.