New Nexus 2016 release date, news and rumors

Updated: New Nexus 2016 release date, news and rumors

New Nexus 2016 release date, news and rumors

Update: There’s now a rumored release date for the new Nexus phones and it looks like their fingerprint scanners could be getting a new feature.

Google’s Nexus line is still going strong. There was a time when things looked to be on the rocks for the search giant’s own-brand handsets, but it’s navigated through the treacherous waters, and come out stronger on the other side.

2015 gave us the excellent Nexus 6P, plus the more affordable (and palm-friendly) Nexus 5X, but with the recent arrivals of the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10, LG G5 and Huawei P9, both those phones are suddenly looking a little long in the tooth.

It’s time then, to look at what Google has up its sleeve for its next Nexus smartphones. Bigger screens? New Android? More power? Some actual innovation?

One thing we know for sure is Google will continue to leave Nexus manufacturing to established names in the market. CEO, Sundar Pichai has said Google will instead focus on the design and software, hinting that the search giant will be more involved than ever in future Nexus devices.

Could these be the most ‘Googly’ Nexus devices to date? Quite possibly. Let’s see what the rumor mill has churned up so far for the new Nexus handsets…

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Singular or plural? That’s the first question we need to tackle when talking about new Nexus phones.

2015 was the first time Google launched two Nexus smartphones side by side, the 5X and 6P. Arguably the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 were also a pair, but there was a year between their releases and they were rarely marketed together.

A duo of handsets felt right, and we expect Google to repeat the trick this time around. Two new Nexus phones have already supposedly been spotted online– dubbed the Nexus M1 and Nexus S1 – adding more fuel to this particular fire. ‘M’ apparently stands for Marlin, while ‘S’ is allegedly Sailfish.

They’ve also been touted as T50 and T55, with those numbers relating to the screen sizes: 5-inch and 5.5-inch. Those are all said to just be development codenames – so what will Google opt for in the end?

The simplest answer would be the Nexus 6X and Nexus 7P, but those make even less sense than the phones they’re set to replace.

There’s always the chance Google just sticks with the code names M1 and S1, but how about something a little more straightforward? Nexus 7 and Nexus 7 Plus would be nice – but the former has already been used for the firm’s 7-inch slate.

Who’s the daddy?

While Nexus devices are routinely referred to as Google’s handsets, the search giant doesn’t actually make the hardware. That task is shipped out to established handset manufacturers, and in the past HTC, Samsung, LG, Asus, Motorola and Huawei have all been called upon to do the honors.

LG is the company behind the 5X and Nexus 5, while Huawei’s first ever Nexus device came in the form of the 6P.

Several rumors, however, suggest it’ll be HTC that gets the nod for both handsets in 2016 – which could see the HTC 10 and One A9 as strong foundations for whatever Google has up its sleeve.

That said, Google is apparently also pretty pleased with the job Huawei did on the 6P, and alternative rumors point towards the Chinese manufacturer getting a second shot at making the higher-end Nexus.

New Nexus release date

Google launched the Nexus 6P and 5X in September 2015, with both devices going on sale the following month, so it stands to reason that it’ll follow a similar release schedule with the new Nexus phones.

That’s also the time of year we see Google’s next Android iteration begin to roll out, and the new Nexus devices tend to be the standard-bearers for the shiny new software.

More specifically the Nexus Sailfish and Nexus Marlin could be arriving on October 4, or at least that’s what one source reckons.

Android Nougat

Google’s next iteration of Android has already been announced, and those rocking current Nexus devices (or the Sony Xperia Z3) can download Android Nougat beta right now.

Updated: New Nexus 2016 release date, news and rumors

Google’s Nexus launches tend to coincide with the official rollout of the next version of its mobile platform, with the new handset(s) championing the new software.

That means you’re basically guaranteed to see Android on whatever Google decides to launch, whether that’s the Nexus 7P, Nexus 6X or both.

Android Nougat doesn’t exactly reinvent the operating system, but new Nexus owners will benefit from a more accessible (and editable) quick settings toolbar, side-by-side app display, fast app switching, an improved Doze mode and a “Clear All” button in the Recents menu.

Check out what Android Nougat has to offer in our beta walkthrough

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Updated: New Nexus 2016 release date, news and rumors

Something the new Nexus devices are likely to feature heavily is virtual reality (VR). Google announced its Daydream VR platform at its IO conference in May, and you can expect the new service to feature heavily on its new Nexus handsets.

It even teased its own VR headset with controller – and we could well see the hardware launch alongside the new phones later this year. It would make sense, as the headset will be dependent on a smartphone to function – and what better device to use than a shiny new Nexus?

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a “free VR headset when you pre-order a new Nexus” offer come September.

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With the appearance of those T50 and T55 codenames, it looks like we’ll be getting a 5-inch handset and a larger 5.5-inch device.

That would be a downsizing for the larger device, following the 5.95-inch Nexus 6 and 5.7-inch Nexus 6P, and would see the new Nexus slide in comfortably alongside the iPhone 6S Plus (although the iPhone 7 Plus could be out by then) and LG G5.

A leaked build.prop file for the Nexus Sailfish suggests the smaller phone might be slightly bigger than 5 inches though, with a roughly 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 screen, which would be a match for the Nexus 5X.

A leaked render posted online by Android Police seems to suggest a svelte looking aluminum uni-body and a rear facing fingerprint scanner – just like on the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. The source who provided the image also claims the new Nexus phones will be available in silver, black, and “electric blue”.

Updated: New Nexus 2016 release date, news and rumors

New Nexus specs

In terms of power, we’ve seen leaked benchmark tests suggesting both handsets will be sporting Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chip, which has already found its way into the G5 and HTC 10. A build.prop file for the Nexus Sailfish suggests the same.

However Qualcomm has launched the shiny new Snapdragon 821, which boosts power up even more and it’s certainly not out of the question that the new Nexus smartphones could benefit from the additional oomph.

The chip will likely be backed up by 4GB of RAM, which would give you plenty of grunt under the hood for all the latest Android Nougat has to throw at you, although 6GB of RAM is also possible with the OnePlus 3 sporting it along with a low price tag.

Updated: New Nexus 2016 release date, news and rumors

We also expect the fingerprint scanners to return and based on a leaked image it looks like they’ll be on the back of the phones once again, but complete with a new feature, allowing you to reveal your notifications by sliding a digit across it.

New Nexus price

In the past Nexus smartphones have been cheaper than the flagship devices they tend to be put up against, but that distinction become blurred in 2015, with the Nexus 6P sporting a lofty price tag of its own.

The hope is that the smaller of the two new Nexus phones will at least come with a reasonably affordable price tag, much like the Nexus 5X, while the larger, more premium offering is likely to pitch itself closer to Apple, Samsung and co.

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10 thoughts on “New Nexus 2016 release date, news and rumors

  1. I prefer huawei and LG as the Nexus manufactures I hateHTC they’re too expensive

  2. recycled rumors and innuendo about once a week. would be more honest if they just said

  3. Unless there’s a T65 or T70 (7P), looks like I’ll be sticking with my Moto Nexus 6 for another year.

  4. Sorry but you dont have any info that they will be relased on sept. Most of rumors point August like android police, and compared to this site their rumors are mostly correct and on the other hands your alwasy was flawed.

  5. Hope it’s not HTC. Their handsets have stupid curved backs which means you can’t use them properly on a flat surface.

  6. I agree on all but the wireless charging. I’ve tried it on a few phones and it just doesn’t do anything for me, but I get there’s a group that needs it. I personally like the feel of aluminum more and my job keeps me moving around more than my knees like so Qi charging would boost my phone maybe 5-10% a day, if I remember to use it and then find the

  7. Every time TechRadar talk about Nexus names it’s as though they have no idea what the naming convention relates to. It’s bizarre.

  8. Your analysis of the naming of the new phones seems to ignore that Nexus devices are usually named for their screen size, not their version number. I’d say it’s more likely that they’d call the new phone a Nexus 5x than calling it a Nexus 6x.

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