2016 Nexus phones: What we want to see from Google and HTC

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#HTC #Nexus – 2016 Nexus phones: What we want to see from Google and HTC : Android Central editors sound off on what we want from the new Nexus hardware. We’re quickly approaching that time of year when Google is poised to release new Nexus phones, and that means a few leaks fuel the fires for everyone to think about exactly what they want to see in the new phone (or, in this case, phones).

We know the new hardware from Google is already finished and just waiting for some final touches before being released, so we’re really just daydreaming here, but that’s still fun to do! So as we bide our time waiting for the real deal to be announced, here are a few thoughts we have on what we want to see from the new Nexuses — hardware, software, sales tactics, you name it. Read on.

Alex Dobie

The Nexus 6P was as close as we’ve yet come to a compromise-free Nexus phone — a device that isn’t just good for phone nerds who care about having the latest Google bits before everyone else, but a fantastic all-round handset. (By comparison the 5X took way too long to work out its software kinks.)

The Nexus 6P was as close as we’ve come to a compromise-free Nexus

Much of the hardware weirdness with the 6P — the huge physical size, the passable but not exceptional battery life, even with a large battery capacity, and the tendency to put out rather a lot of heat — should be solved automatically with newer, more efficient chips from Qualcomm. (Early 64-bit SoCs from the chipmaker just weren’t that great.)

So from a refreshed pair of Nexus phones, I’m hoping to see similar screen sizes in more hand-friendly form factors. Something less overtly slabbish, even with a screen around the 5.5 to 5.7-inch mark would be nice. A new generation of Nexus phones should also benefit from brighter screens with better daylight visibility. The 6P’s 2K display isn’t horrible, but the difference compared to Samsung or Apple in daylight is, well, night and day.

Next, that camera. I’m actually fine with the 6P’s image quality overall. It’s gotten better with updates over the past few months, and actually outperforms many 2016 models in low light, leaning heavily on Google’s HDR+ mode. The problem is it’s so painfully slow — slow to load, slow to capture, slow to pan, slow to everything. This is one area that desperately needs attention.

Andrew Martonik

Nearly a year on with the Nexus 6P and 5X, I’m still extremely happy with the experiences — though of course the 5X took quite a bit longer to come into its own. I really just hope that Google — and presumably HTC — have continued that formula rather than changing things dramatically. Compared to those previous Nexus phones, I just want a few subtle changes that will take the experience up that extra couple of notches.