Huawei Nexus to have Snapdragon 820 CPU, fingerprint scanner, QHD display

Huawei's Nexus will be a beast. Photo: Google

Huawei’s Nexus will be a beast. Photo: Google

Specifications for Huawei’s upcoming Nexus smartphone have leaked out ahead of the handset’s official unveiling this fall. A reliable source confirms the handset will be powered by Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 820 processor, and pack a 5.7-inch Quad HD display and fingerprint scanner.

The information comes from the hugely reliable Evan Blass, or @evleaks on Twitter, and as a result we can be confident that it is is accurate. But most of the claims have been tied to Huawei’s Nexus many times over the past few months — expect one.

Recent reports have claimed the Huawei Nexus will pack a Snapdragon 810 processor — the same chip that currently powers 2015 flagships like the Sony Xperia Z3+ and the HTC One M9 — but with some improvements that will eliminate its widely reporting overheating issues.

But Blass claims that the device will actually employ the upcoming Snapdragon 820, a chip that’s expected to employ the latest 14-nanometer manufacturing process that will deliver faster speeds, cooler temperatures, and greater power efficiency.

This will be music to the ears of those planning to buy the Huawei Nexus, then — but it may not be the only new Nexus smartphone to choose from this year.

Google is also believed to be working with LG on a second Nexus device for 2015 that will provide users with a smaller, likely cheaper alternative to Huawei’s option. Many believe it will be an updated version of 2013’s Nexus 5, which was one of Google’s most successful Nexus devices.

Both devices are expected to launch this fall alongside Google’s new Android M upgrade.