We waved goodbye to the Nexus 5 when Google stopped selling its 2013 flagship Android smartphone earlier this year, but it might be time to say hello to a revamped version. Rumors in May suggested that Google was working with partners Huawei and LG to produce two new Nexus phones — a 5.7-inch Huawei device, and a 5.2-inch model with the Korean manufacturer. Now, thanks to a leaked photo originally posted in the Nexus Indonesia Google+ community, we might have our first glimpse of the new Nexus 5 in the wild.
The image resembles renders of the rumored LG Nexus
The picture shows the back of a white Nexus device. At the base is a sticker featuring a small red circle that appears to be LG's logo, suggesting this phone, if legitimate, is the LG device rather than the Huawei collaboration. At the top is a camera lens, and just underneath, a similarly sized circle that looks to be the rumored fingerprint scanner. The image closely resembles renders of the supposed LG device, leaked late last week, with a rounded back and a camera that appears to protrude slightly from the case.
Apparently this is the new Nexus. Looks fine from this angle. Give us more, Mr Blurricam! pic.twitter.com/qmmvDDCZyY— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) August 17, 2015
Renders that supposedly show the rumored Huawei Nexus 6 also leaked at the same time, based on blueprints of the phone apparently sent out to third-party accessory manufacturers ahead of launch. A potential Huawei Nexus could be beneficial for both Google and the Chinese company, helping to strengthen Google's presence in China, and simultaneously building the young manufacturer's brand in the United States. There's no concrete date set for either phone's launch yet, but The Information reported in July that they're likely to hit shelves in fall this year.