LG Electronics and Huawei were tipped to be preparing the next two smartphones in Google's Nexus range, while the Chinese vendor is also reportedly on the verge of extending its own-brand smartphone range with a pair of new devices.
Information on the new Nexus smartphones was leaked by Chinese technology news site GizmoChina, which tipped LG Electronics to be on the brink of launching a device featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, wireless charging functionality, NFC and a 5.2-inch 1,080-pixel Polymer-OLED display.
The site added that LG's Nexus unit will sport stereo speakers on the front, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a power button on the back that includes a biometric scanner.
Huawei's Nexus device is expected to be larger, with a 5.7-inch AMOLED screen, metal casing and a 21-megapixel rear camera.
The smartphones could launch as early as next month, TechRadar reported, and are expected to feature the latest version of Google's Android operating system, according to Phandroid.
Huawei was separately tipped to be gearing up to launch two new own-brand smartphones in the coming weeks.
One unit is expected to be the latest device in the Chinese vendor's Honor brand of low-cost smartphones. The upcoming unit will attempt to differentiate itself from the mainstream with a unique sliding camera module that incorporates both the front and rear-facing cameras, GSM Arena reported citing specifications found in a Chinese certification document.
Meanwhile, Pocket-Lint reported that Huawei's next flagship smartphone will feature a metal casing with a biometric scanner located on the rear under the camera module, which is tipped to be at least 20 megapixels.
A high-end version of the device is expected to feature 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, but Huawei is understood to also be preparing a cheaper version featuring 3GB of RAM and 32GB of memory.
The Chinese vendor is expected to unveil the device on Sept. 2, a matter of weeks after Samsung and Apple are expected to announce their latest smartphone models.
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