Google's Nexus phablet from Huawei looks like a steamroller ran over a periscope, if a leak from China's iNexus.co has any merit. Google is reportedly releasing two new Nexus models with Android M, a 5.2-inch model from LG and 5.7-incher from Chinese manufacturer Huawei. The LG version already leaked, but the above photo is the first we've seen of the Huawei variant (other than a render). We're not quite sure what to make of it -- there appears to be a large, oval cutout at the top for a camera module, a decidedly weird design choice.
The last time we saw such a hump was on the ZTE Grand S, a nearly three year old design. The question is, why? Laser AF module? Depth sensor? There's no sign of the latter in any of the images, but the laser AF is distinct possibility. Naturally, we have some doubts about this leak, but there are a few convincing touches. Like the leaked LG Nexus, the Huawei model has a fingerprint reader on the back, so Google may have created a common design specification. There's also a protective case with a plastic camera cover for the hump and a cutout for the fingerprint sensor, so that's a lot of things to fake.
Perhaps with the right materials the device will look alright, but the design shown in the images is pretty bizarre. Nevertheless, we'd treat this with serious skepticism until Google announces the devices, presumably alongside Android 6 "Marshmallow," and possibly as soon as early next month.
Via: Android Police
Source: Tiesen Fu (Google+)