Over the years we’ve seen various big names take the Nexus reins: HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Asus… But Google might be considering a change of pace with the next Nexus smartphone.
Imagine, in the not too distant future, a Nexus smartphone made by one of the lesser-known (in the west), Chinese manufacturers.
Some of logical choices for a Chinese Nexus include Huawei and Lenovo, the pair finishing third and fourth respectively in the global 2014 smartphone rankings (IDC).
Despite being tipped to “pull an HTC”, Huawei has yet to really take off in the west. In the UK, the Huawei name is arguably more synonymous with budget handsets like the £74.99 Honor Holly.
Meanwhile, western consumers are perhaps more likely to think ‘laptop’ when they hear the name Lenovo, despite the manufacturer churning out sexy handsets like the QHD Vibe Z2 Pro. Of course, it's worth mentioning that Lenovo now owns Motorola, which recently produced the Nexus 6.
Another option is Xiaomi. It’s been making huge waves in the smartphone world of late, despite having little presence outside China and the surrounding areas. In Q3 last year, it was behind only Apple and Samsung in terms of shipments.
Of course, Xiaomi’s head of global is none other than Hugo Barra, who used to work for – you guessed it – Google. Has Barra been chatting with his old colleagues? Churning out a Xiaomi Nexus handset would be a great introduction to the west.
All purely speculation for now, but we’re looking forward to hearing more about this Chinese Nexus in the coming months. In the meantime, check these guys out:
UPDATE: A further report from GizmoChina suggests it'll be LG and Huawei making the next Nexus smartphone.