Leaked images purportedly showing a 5.7-inch Nexus smartphone being built by Huawei have revealed an intriguing bump housing the device's camera. Photos posted on iNexus.co claim to show the larger of the two Google Nexus smartphones rumored to be released later this year, with the images following leaks earlier this month showing what might be the smaller, 5.2-inch device being built by LG.
both leaks show a rear fingerprint scanner
Both of these leaks hint at a common design language for the new Nexus, with the devices showing a slightly rounded back with the Nexus logo printed down the middle. A small circle on the rear of both handsets appears to be a rumored fingerprint scanner. The image above on the left apparently shows the rear of the larger Nexus device, while the photo on the right could be a case. An image of the front of the device also appears to show dual speakers, presumably offering stereo sound. Additional pictures of the Huawei Nexus posted to Chinese social media site Weibo also show a USB Type-C port on the bottom of the device, as well as specs including 64GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM.
A leaked image purportedly showing the front of the Nexus device. (iNexus.co)
Why, exactly, the handset might need a protruding camera bump is less clear. The extra space could be used to house components such as a laser autofocus, or Huawei might have produced an extra-slim device, before being forced to compromise with the camera. The bump certainly wasn't as noticeable in leaked images appearing to show the new Nexus 5 — or in unofficial renders of the same device. There's no official launch date for either devices (or, indeed, confirmation they exist), but reports have suggested the phones will arrive some time this fall.
Update August 24th, 8:00AM ET: Updated to clarify comparison with previous leaks.
Update August 24th, 9:21AM ET: Updated to add a link to new, additional images.