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Google’s Nexus 2016 Phones: What’s The Crack?


Google’s Nexus 2016 Phones: What’s The Crack?


What does Android N, the Galaxy S7 and the HTC 10 let us know concerning the upcoming Nexus 2016 line of telephones?

Paul Briden

Google shall be freeing no less than one, although almost certainly extra, Nexus branded smartphones (and almost definitely pills too) inside of 2016 - that is just about an inevitability, because the company likes to make use of the Nexus logo as a platform for showcasing new iterations of Android, and we all know already that Android N, already introduced as a beta, might be given a complete public release later this yr. As same old, we think it's going to be introduced aboard new Nexus handsets manufactured via Google spouse OEMs, with the hearsay mill already pointing to Huawei coming round again, and in addition HTC getting concerned; LG has stated it's going to now not be generating Nexus hardware this yr - however that also does not rule it out, as it is made equivalent claims prior to now best to later emerge as a spouse when the brand new handsets are unveiled - the cheeky so-and-so.

With Google's moderately other solution to Android this yr, having already introduced the beta to developers a just right few months forward of its same old summer time release slot on the Google I/O developer convention, we've got already had a pleasant little preview of Android N and what new options it is going to have onboard. We nonetheless have no idea what the rattling factor will probably be referred to as despite the fact that! Nowadays we expect Android Nougat or Android Nutella.

Anyway, what we are doing here's bringing in combination one of the most issues already showed for Android N, one of the rumours about its different options, one of the most present tendencies in new Android telephones, and different rumours for approaching units (in addition to rumours concerning the new Nexus units themselves) to take a look at to get some concept of what the following batch of Nexus handsets can be like; what sort of new options may just they have got?

Processing Energy

Most up-to-date Nexus units have used chipsets from Qualcomm. With the remaining batch of handsets - the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X - Google established a precedent for having a "Top class" class tool (Nexus 6P - the P allegedly stands for Top class) and a moment handset which is well-built and optimised, however extra average in specifications and worth. It is tricky to know the way to explain this Nexus 5X class, as you could not actually name it high-end, however on the similar time it's kind of higher than mid-range too. In both case, the Nexus vary is not recognized for forging forward with loopy next-gen or experimental processing energy crops, so we might be expecting to peer one thing respectable and thought to be, however relatively typical within the new Nexus package.

Our ideas? Smartly for the high-end top class style we reckon it is going to apply the hot crop of Android flagships from the likes of Samsung's Galaxy S7, the HTC 10 and the LG G5 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820; this processor is so rapid Samsung even swapped out its personal Exynos chip from its Asian-market dealing with Galaxy S7 variant - this being the company's house marketplace, and the marketplace the place it loves to deploy its easiest flagship editions. At a pinch we would possibly as an alternative see the relatively tweaked model of the Snapdragon 820; the Snapdragon 823, however as it's kind of too new we are not keeping our breath. Subsequent-gen fashions such because the Snapdragon 830 are projected for 2017, so we are not anticipating them to turn as it is method too quickly.

As for the non-Top class style (assuming there's one)? Smartly the Nexus 5X packed a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 which used to be simply quite at the back of the Nexus 6P's Snapdragon 810 in Qualcomm's portfolio - it comprised a identical set of structure however with relatively slower clockspeeds. The identical this time round can be to both improve to Qualcomm's changed and re-released second-edition 810 (the only changed to take care of the overheating problems) or, much more likely, the brand new Snapdragon 818. This latter choice would reflect the facility distinction between the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P however with logo new chips for 2016.

Digital camera

Having prior to now delivered fairly mediocre digital camera hardware on older Nexus units, Google made up our minds that with the Huawei-made Nexus 6P and LG-made Nexus 5X the Nexus imaging functions wanted a kick up the butt. There at the moment are extra aggressive telephone cameras available on the market, however on the time the brand new 12MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, 1.55um pixel measurement, 1/2.3' sensor measurement, laser autofocus and dual-tone LED flash used to be a gorgeous succesful providing. Necessarily this used to be Google appearing that it may do respectable cameras too, and we think that to proceed at the new batch in 2016.

There's now a development for now not chasing megapixel scores and holding issues across the 12MP mark, whilst enlarging apertures, sensor sizes and pixel sizes, in addition to including different bells and whistles. Each Samsung and LG have already finished this aboard their new flagships and we expect it is somewhat most probably Google will take a equivalent direction; may just we see one thing fancier just like the Huawei P9's dual-sensor setup? In all probability, however even if Google is extra adventurous with cameras than it was we do not assume it is the company's taste to get too fancy, as an alternative who prefer one thing of respectable high quality however which is simple for many customers. 

We are anticipating one thing very similar to the Galaxy S7, LG G5 and HTC 10 with a sub-f/2.0 sized aperture on a 12MP sensor and most certainly some speedy laser autofocus as that is all of the rage too.

Drive-Delicate Contact Show?

There is been a large number of speak about Android-based pressure-sensitive contact presentations ever since Apple unveiled three-D Contact at the iPhone 6s. Huawei already carried out a equivalent bespoke gadget on one among its fresh Android units, nevertheless it has emerged by means of the Android N beta that Google has baked-in improve for pressure-sensitive touch-display panels. It is not absolutely useful but, however it's there. This used to be then showed by means of Google itself, chatting with The Verge; however in keeping with the large G's personal remark it added the fortify because of direct requests from Android OEMs - so it is not one thing the company had essentially deliberate to place in itself. In different phrases, we are not anticipating it to seem at the 2016 batch of Nexus handsets, we could also be fallacious, however we expect if Google used to be that bought on strain contact - sufficient to place it by itself hardware - it shouldn't have had to be persuaded into coding it into Android N within the first position, the function would have already been at the listing, so as to talk.

Having stated that, there are a couple of rumours doing the rounds that say HTC will put in force a touch-sensitive demonstrate on no matter Nexus fashions it makes.


Whilst it is nonetheless now not on each and every software, and even as many as we might like, waterproofing does appear to be regularly changing into extra not unusual on smartphone units; the Samsung Galaxy S7 collection re-introduced it to Samsung's portfolio, and there is even rumours that Apple would possibly upload it to the following iPhone. Whilst we've not heard any particular rumours about waterproofed Nexus units we would not be stunned if it did materialise in 2016.

Digital Fact (VR)

In the event you hadn't spotted, VR is kinda the following giant factor, in particular within the wake of the flop that has been smartwatches. Just about each and every OEM and their moms and their canine is coming to marketplace with a VR headset, and despite the fact that it is not to do with the Nexus smartphones in particular, there are rumours afoot that Google will do its personal Nexus VR or in a different way Nexus-branded VR headset. Google cardboard used to be great, and did imply that you must use your Nexus as a VR headset, however it is lovely transparent even to an off-the-cuff observer that the marketplace is lovely ripe for critical, full-blown VR hardware and we do not assume Google will probably be content material to go away that sector to everybody else!

18:32, 19 Apr 2016

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