HTC has become the frontrunner to produce the 2016 version of the Nexus 5. Though its Nexus 9 tablet wasn’t exactly a roaring success, will its Nexus 5 (2016) have what it takes to impress? And does this guarantee a metal unibody for the upcoming phone? Here is what we know so far about the Nexus 5 (2016) price, release date, specs and rumors.
Google releases its Nexus devices towards the end of the year alongside its new operating system – just as it did last year with the Nexus 5X and Android Marshmallow. We expect the Nexus 5 (2016) to follow this pattern once again.
As for the Nexus 5 (2016) price, this would likely be in the region of US$350, like its predecessors, and would act as a counterpoint to the more “premium” Nexus 6 (2016).
Google Nexus 5 (2016) design
If HTC is on board to create the Nexus 5 (2016), as was suggested by a post on Chinese blogging site Weibo, this would presuppose a metal unibody design. HTC has a history of creating such smartphone bodies, though its flagship handsets have tended to be quite expensive.
Could HTC produce a wonderful metal handset for around US$200 less than its flagships typically launch for? It can, and has with the likes of the HTC One A9, but I doubt many Android fans would wish for a similar looking phone.
Google Nexus 5 (2016) display
The Nexus 5X houses a Full-HD display but it's something of a sore point among fans of this series because the original Nexus 5 arrived with a screen of the same resolution back in 2013.
HTC is yet to go beyond Full-HD with its flagships either, but it appears that now is the time for a Nexus 5 handset to get the QHD treatment, and we think it will this year.
Nexus 5 (2016) software
At this point, all we can say with any degree of certainty is that the Nexus 5 (2016) will launch with the next major Android software version – what we are currently referring to as Android N. Read more about that at the link.
That’s all we have on the Nexus 5 right now but please bear in mind that the idea of HTC’s involvement in this project is just a very early rumor. Nothing has been confirmed, but we’ll keep you posted as we learn more.
What are your hopes for the next Nexus? Let us know in the comments.