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Huawei confirms Nexus smartphone plans, expected this year

After months of tantalising rumours, it seems Huawei is actually working with Google to build the next Nexus smartphone.

A new report details how Huawei has partnered with the search engine giant for a smartphone that will launch later this year.

The source “who works for Huawei in the UK” declined to give specific details about the device, as revealed in an IBTimes article.

Google has already worked with a number of other manufacturers for the Nexus program, including HTC, LG, Samsung, and Motorola.

This is the first time Google has joined with Huawei for a Nexus smartphone however, so it’s a big coup for the Chinese firm.

It’s also expected that the new Nexus (2015) will run on Google’s recently announced Android M software, which is due to launch later this year.

Previous reports suggest the Huawei Nexus will use a Samsung-built 5.7-inch OLED display with a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution.

A custom-built Kirin chip has also been tipped for inclusion, although other reports have suggested Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 may feature instead.

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The company source also detailed a number of other revelations about Huawei’s plans for 2015.

The Huawei “Watch” will launch in mid-September according to the report, landing as a premium rival to the Apple Watch.

There are also plans for Huawei to launch its own online store in the UK, which was described as a “virtual mall.” This will reportedly go live next Monday, June 22, peddling Huawei’s smartphones, tablets, and wearables.

We’ve asked for official comment from Huawei. It stated: “Huawei are unable to confirm whether they will be working with Google on the upcoming Nexus phone. Huawei are committed to creating innovative and exciting devices and will continue to work towards its vision of producing high quality and affordable products.”

It continued: “Following the announcement of the Huawei Watch at MWC, Huawei are continuing to work to a late Q3 release as planned with no confirmed shipping date or available pricing.”

In the meantime, why not take a look at our Nexus 6 video review:

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