Google and LG have a standing partnership which will inevitably spawn another LG Nexus in 2016. Engineers and software developers from Google have confirmed that the partnership the two companies have is a long-standing one which will no doubt contribute towards further development of the Nexus ecosystem, as well as the way in which stock Android is implemented on hardware. The LG Nexus 2016 is of course an unconfirmed device, nonetheless we are confident that fans of the ecosystem can expect another LG Nexus to surface sometime next year.
The LG Nexus 2016 release date is probably going to fall between September and October, but we have no clue what the handset will be called. We’re expecting to find out the “fishy” codename representative of all Google Nexus devices, but until that happens, we’re just going to refer to it as the LG Nexus 2016. No doubt, Google will employ other manufacturers for the new 2016 flagships, and it’s possible that Huawei take that spot once again after the positive feedback their first collaboration on the Nexus 6P received. All we know for sure right now is that LG is on board for next year and we’re definitely happy to hear that.
LG did a great job with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 5X, even though the smartphones are not considered perfect examples of Android handsets. With balanced hardware, software and design as well as an affordable price for the average smartphone user, LG Nexus devices have proven to the Android community that good, powerful smartphones don’t always have to as expensive as a used car. Aiming to show that stock Android, durable hardware and affordable price can still make profit for not one, but two different international companies, LG Nexus devices have show that it’s really possible. The trend will go on once the LG Nexus 2016 comes around – or that’s what we’re hoping for.
This year, the LG Nexus 5X is the affordable variant while the Huawei Nexus 6P is the more “premium” handset made for productivity and for lovers of powerful hardware and premium design. The next LG Nexus will go down the same road, most likely, since we’re confident there will be another partner for the new Nexus line-up of devices to be launched next year. It’s a plausible idea and many people seem to support the theory. LG has done a great job with smartphones over the years and its continued research into improving battery life, display technology and overall user experiences, we expect no less of the LG Nexus 2016. Although we don’t have any official information about specs, features, hardware and design, our hunch is that the new handset will suffer a redesign.
While the Nexus 5X stayed with the original design of the LG Nexus 5, with a few improvements and refinements, the LG Nexus 2016 is expected to change things up slightly. We don’t expect a metal build or a sloped display, but we did hear from credible sources that a metal frame and a more polished construction will be employed. We were told to expect something that would resemble a theoretical hybrid between the LG G4, LG V10 and Nexus 5X. The polycarbonate body will get an upgrade in materials and it might even carry waterproof certification.
LG is most likely going to infuse the new device with their new battery technologies they’ve been working, meaning that they can now create batteries that support more charge, more charging cycles – all in a smaller package. Although flexible batteries are the company’s focus right now, the advancements that are being made constantly will no doubt make an appearance in the new smartphone. Previous LG Nexus models weren’t bad with battery life, but they didn’t stand out with great autonomy. Fans are asking for more battery power, so the development team at Google and at LG will no doubt take that into account. Wireless charging and fast charging are also most likely going to make the cut. Moreover, the use of a Snapdragon 820 chipset is a likely development, even though by the time the LG Nexus 2016 release date comes around, new SoC will be launched by manufacturing company Qualcomm. That’s not an issue, in my opinion, seeing as good performance doesn’t always ask for the latest and greatest hardware on the market, perfectly demonstrated by the Nexus 5X, using an older Snapdragon 808 instead of the latest Snapdragon 810.
Since we’re already at the hardware part, besides a Snapdragon 820 we’re also expecting to see 3 GB RAM and more storage options, seeing as many fans have expressed discontent at the base model of the LG Nexus 5X having only 16 GB storage. It would have been better to have 32 GB on the base model, because that way there would have been enough space for apps and media. With 16 GB, Android tends to occupy a large part of that space, making it unusable for owners. LG and Google have most likely incorporated that feedback into their plan, so we’re definitely expecting at least 32 GB to be there on the base model. There’s a possibility that we’ll even get to see a 128 GB model, but it’s a bit unlikely if the LG Nexus 2016 ends up being the lower end model of the Nexus family next year.
The display part of the LG Nexus 2016 will be most interesting, seeing as LG has been dabbling into new technologies to improve power management and consumption, as well as add functionality. With that in mind, it’s not out of the question for the two collaborating companies to implement tech similar to Apple’s 3D touch in the new handset. Size and resolution will most likely remain in the standard realm, so we expect a 5.2-inch OLED panel with a QuadHD resolution. FHD might also be taken into consideration, seeing as unless the handset will have some extra capabilities or if 4K content really takes off on mobile, there’s little actual use for such a high resolution on such a small device. Maybe on the larger model. The LG Nexus model will definitely choose a more power- and cost-effective panel to keep its price down and its popularity up. Seems fair to me, what do you think? Do we need 4K or 2K on a small, supposedly affordable, smartphone?
The camera on the Nexus 5 was a disappointing example to some, and a decent one to others. The Nexus 5X camera is perfectly suitable for what it is and that’s the same strategy we’re expecting from next year’s model. Although we’re quite confident the camera will be improved and will have a better MP count, optical image stabilization and laser autofocus. Up front, we might even get to see the little flash companies have been trying to implement in their handsets. I’m a bit skeptical about the LG Nexus 2016 getting a front-facing flash, but sources tell us it’s a feature we can expect to see on at least on of the new Nexus phones. They weren’t entirely sure on which one, though. We’ll have to wait and see to find out.
Overall, the expectations for the LG Nexus 2016 are among the fairest, considering that other manufacturers and other line-ups have to deal with very high expectations which they ultimately fail to achieve. LG and Google’s partnership is more about creating a good phone than creating a phone filled with features that stock Android users don’t really need. The fingerprint sensor is going to return, that’s for sure, but otherwise we don’t really expect to see anything out of the ordinary. And that’s fine. The Nexus line-up isn’t about impressing new customers. It’s about keeping Android fans satisfied and giving them a phone that’s tailored for their usage patterns.