The Nexus 6 on release date could be the newly-unleashed HTC One M8, according to recent reports, prompting Android watchers to pit the device against the upcoming LG G3, another gadget rumoured as possible template for the next Nexus phone.
While unconfirmed, the G3-M8 battle is definitely exciting as any of the two ending up becoming the Nexus 6 is win-win scenario for vanilla Android fans. Both the device boasts of superlative hardware inside and out - with the HTC One M8 having a slight advantage because it is already out and its specs and features all but confirmed.
The LG G3, on the other hand, while remains unrevealed is expected to showcase the upgraded components and features of its predecessor, the LG G2, and the device morphing into the Nexus 6 later on is also a welcome prospect for millions of Nexus lovers.
So how the two will fare acting as likely replacement for the Nexus 5? The following sentences should provide glimpses of how the Nexus 6 is rendered in LG or HTC shell.
If HTC should win the Nexus 6 project, the most notable feature that the Taiwanese device maker will bring to the table is impressive design and body-make. In 2013, the first HTC One easily enamoured tech experts and the smartphone was christened as the best Android smartphone, which is a distinction that has eluded the highly popular Galaxy S4 and S5.
Such tradition was sustained by the HTC One M8 and reviewers lauded HTC anew for putting together a beautifully-made handset that rivals that of the iPhone craftsmanship without compromising durability.
A Nexus 6 that is patterned after the M8 is solid while an LG-built will likely be in plastic, which is the expected material that will blanket the G3.
Still subject for revisions, the LG G3 is reported to showcase the following:
- A 5.3-inch screen with 2560 x 1440 2K HD display
- A 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 with up to 3GB of RAM
- Basic 32GB of internal storage with micro-SD expansion support
- A 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization paired with a 2MP front cam
- A 3500mAh battery with bonus wireless charging
As for the HTC One M8, the specs below are what buyers will surely take home:
- A 5-inch screen profile with 1920 x 1080 pixels
- A 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 with support for 2GB of RAM
- 32GB of built-in digital space that can be extended with a micro-SD card
- A 4 Ultrapixel main shooter or the new second Duo Camera and a front-facing 5MP cam with dual flash
- Front facing speakers, infrared port for remote and 2600mAh battery
Note that the specs above will be partially strip down with the memory expansion slot getting the axe in accordance to Nexus device specifications of relying on Google Drive for extra memory needs.
Software and pricing
As in previous builds, any of the HTC or LG Nexus will run on pure and the latest Android, which for the Nexus 6 is build 4.5. Core benefit of having native Android is direct support will originate from Google that leads to getting the latest updates and patches as soon as they become available.
The Nexus pricing is dictated by Google alone. Though the object is still to provide accessibility, the Nexus 6 is seen to impose a slight price hike, likely between $300 and $400, which reflects the upscale components and materials used in the device.
As mentioned, the HTC One M8 is now in the market while the LG G3 geared for commercial debut on June 2014 at the latest - still in line with the perceived Google Nexus 6 release date either in September or October of the same year.