Could we be seeing a Daydream ready Nexus 6P 2.0 this year? We got in contact to find out.
Recently we reported on comments made by Huawei executive Charlene Munilall, confirming the Chinese manufacturer will be making another Nexus device. Could she be referring to a completely new Nexus device, the Nexus 7P? Or will it be an upgraded Nexus 6P?
Munilall was speaking at the South African launch of the Huawei P9, prompting many to react saying Munilall is referring to a launch for the Nexus 6P in South Africa. However if you read further into the interview with Gearburn, Munilall refuted these claims, stating the Nexus line as too niche for the South African market.
“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 [SA],” she explained.
“The operators generally don’t take up the Nexus device,” Munilall added.
So a Nexus 6P launch for SA is a theory we can throw out.
Huawei CEO Richard Yu recently spoke to the Wall Street Journal, confirming Huawei will be releasing a new VR/Daydream compatible smartphone by the end of the year. In a bid to keep Huawei relevant and up-to-date with current technology, with the aim to be the largest manufacturer in the world, in future.
Huawei and Google have both already released their main flagship devices this year (P9 and 6P respectively), so it would go against tradition for either of them to release a brand new device this year. Meaning it would make more sense for both manufacturers to release an upgraded Nexus 6P.
A new challenger
A Nexus 6P has appeared on Geekbench scoring much higher than a usual 6P. In the single-core category it scored 2115, whilst multi-core is 4903. In comparison, our Nexus 6P scored on average 1300 for single-core and 4000 for multi-core.
The Geekbench test also revealed the new Nexus 6P is running the second revision Snapdragon 820.
So are Huawei and Google making a Nexus 6P 2.0? Our thoughts are yes, most likely. What Mobile got in contact with Huawei, to be told they cannot comment on the matter, but Huawei UK will be preparing a statement to answer our questions.
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