Google Nexus 2016 release date rumors update: Huawei to release another Nexus this year

Google is reportedly working with HTC on two Nexus devices for this year, but recent reports suggest that the Chinese company Huawei is also churning out another Nexus device this year.

Charlene Munilall, the general manager of Huawei's Consumer Business Group in South Africa, might have accidentally confirmed the Nexus 6P 2016 in an interview with GearBurn.

(Reuters/Beck Diefenbach)Demo of the Nexus 7 during a Google event.
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"The Nexus product is a very niche product ... the techies love it but there's a very small number of people that buy it. Hence Cellucity only brought 300 ... into the country," said Munilall. "The operators generally don't take up the Nexus device," she added.

She then casually revealed the Nexus 6P 2016 in her next statement. "That said, the distributors, our open market, do bring in the device, that's how Cellucity got it ... and that will still be the same this year. We're doing the Nexus again this year, by the way."

The Nexus 6P was released by Huawei in 2015. When a Google Nexus 6P was spotted in a benchmarking site in April, many noticed the specifications that are different from the current Nexus 6P.

The device was previously speculated to be from the Taiwanese company HTC, but now it is believed to be a reboot of the Huawei Nexus 6P, which will be remade by the company itself.

Its key differences include the processor, which is a Snapdragon 820 rather than the Snapdragon 810 found in the Nexus 6P 2016. The device is also listed with 4 GB of random access memory (RAM), which is 1 GB higher than the original.

The device is also running on Android N, which further leads fans to believe that Huawei will be releasing a refresh of the most popular Nexus device ever.

If the rumors are true, then consumers can expect to see three new Nexus devices in 2016. Two from HTC and one from Huawei. More information is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.

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