Huawei Nexus phone leak points to 5.7-inch screen, fingerprint sensor

Purported specs for a new Google Nexus phone made by Chinese vendor Huawei sound "impressive so far," according to leaker @evleaks.

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More details may be leaking out on an upcoming Google Nexus phone built by Huawei.

Reports have been floating about suggesting that Google will release two new, big-screened Nexus phones, or phablets, this year. One of those could be designed by LG Electronics, which was responsible for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 but was replaced by Motorola for the Nexus 6. The other model Nexus could be manufactured by China-based Huawei, which has made a big splash in its home market and other countries with its low-cost smartphones.

Assuming the reports are true, this would mark a first for Google in trying to unleash two new Nexus phones at the same time. Why two at once? Well, the LG model would reportedly sport a 5.2-inch screen, while Huawei's edition would come with a 5.7-inch display. So Google may be trying to pull off the same strategy that Apple did with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus -- offer one model with a relatively smaller screen and a second with a larger display to appeal to as many people as possible. The current Nexus 6 comes with a super-sized 6-inch screen, so Google may also be trying to shrink the display a bit to make the phones more feasible for consumers who don't want jumbo phones.

The leaked details served up early Wednesday by known leaker Evan Blass, or ‏@evleaks, claim that the Huawei Nexus would come with a 5.7-inch QHD (Quad High Definition) screen with a 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution and a metal body. Powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor, the phone would also come with a fingerprint reader, according to Blass. Per Google's usual time frame, the new Nexus would ship in the fourth quarter.

Some of these details have already been alleged, such as the 5.7-inch screen. Others are taken for granted, such as the fourth-quarter launch. But Blass has a pretty good track record. So the mere face that he's revealing specs for a Huawei Nexus phone adds more fuel to the fire that this phone may be a reality.

In response to CNET's request for comment, a Google spokesperson said the company does not comnent on rumors or speculation.

(Via BGR)