If you’ve been waiting for the latest Android smartphone in Google’s Nexus lineup, your wait may soon be over.
Google sent out invitations to members of the media Friday for a press event in San Francisco on Sept. 29. The company is expected to reveal two new Nexus handsets and, possibly, a new Chromecast.
The event could also potentially mark Sundar Pichai’s first big event since the reorganisation. This will be the first time that Huawei will manufacture a smartphone for Google, while for LG, this would be the third time that the company will make a Nexus smartphone for Google, following the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones. In addition, these phones might the first to run Android 6.0, nicknamed Marshmallow.
The Huawei Nexus smartphone is rumoured to sport a 5.7-inch QHD screen translating to 2560 x 1440 pixels, a metal body, Snapdragon 820 SoC and a fingerprint reader. Going by some previous reports, the Huawei-built Nexus is codenamed Bullhead and will come with a 5.7-inch display.
Recently, details of the other Nexus smartphone, made by LG, were leaked. According to uSwitch, the new smartphone by LG will offer a rear fingerprint scanner along with a metal frame and plastic rear. In addition, the front panel will showoff dual-stereo speakers. Other rumoured specifications include a 3D camera along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset. The report also suggests that the screen will be offered in 5.2 inches and will be 146.9mm high, 72.9mm wide and 8mm thick.
On the camera front, it is expected to come with a 12.3MP sensor and a front-facing 5MP sensor. The device will be made available in 16GB and 32GB models. The report also suggests type C USB port and a 2700mAh battery.
Apart from the proposed Huawei and LG made Nexus devices, another product is also expected to release – the second generation Chromecast.
According to a report in 9to5Google, a brand new Chromecast hardware is set for debut at the Google event. In terms of design, the new hardware will be completely different from the older Chromecast. It will no longer be a dongle form factor.Apart from a different design, the new generation Chromecast is expected to come with features such as support for Wi-fi 802.11ac as opposed to previous generation’s support for Wi-fi 802.11n. There will also be support for ‘content feeds’ which could probably be your social media feeds or image feeds, which can play when your Chromecast is in the screensaver mode.