Rumours that Huawei will make another Nexus device have intensified following comments made by an executive for Huawei South Africa.
Charlene Munilall, general manager for Huawei’s Consumer Business Group in South Africa, reportedly told GearBurn that the Chinese tech giant is working on a new Nexus device and a possible follow up to last year’s Nexus 6P.
Speaking at the launch of the P9 in South Africa, Minilall is reported as saying: “The Nexus product is a very niche product… the techies love it but there’s a very small number of people that buy it. Hence Cellucity only brought 300 units into the country.”
“The operators generally don’t take up the Nexus device. That said, the distributors, our open market, do bring in the device, that’s how Cellucity got it… and that will still be the same this year. We’re doing the Nexus again this year, by the way,” she explained.
Google is expected to release three new Nexus devices this year, with two reportedly from HTC, and a third, likely a follow to the Nexus 6P, to be made by Huawei.
The Nexus 6P is widely regarded as the best Nexus device to date so it seems feasible that Google would want to continue the relationship with Huawei and build on the success of the 6P.
While unconfirmed at this stage, a possible scenario would be that HTC builds a 5 inch Nexus phone, while Huawei is tasked with carrying on where it left off and building an upgraded 6P.
Huawei has also reportedly owns the trademark for “Huawei P7, which is related to a mobile device, although this doesn’t necessarily mean it has anything to do with the Google Nexus series and could be for something totally unrelated.
Rumours surrounding an updated version of the Nexus 6P suggest the phone will include a Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM and will already run Android N.
Meanwhile the Huawei P9 will be available to buy in store in Thailand from this week from 16,900 THB having previously been available to pre-order.