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What if Samsung made the new Nexus?

Here’s a crazy idea: what if Samsung were to make this year’s Nexus? With the introduction of two Nexus phones last year, the question of which manufacturer Google will collaborate with next is still open. But would a 2016 Nexus from Samsung be a good idea? Here are the possibilities.

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Imagine if the next Nexus was from Samsung. / © ANDROIDPIT

Phablet phenomenon

It’s a given that, whether there are one or two Nexus phones this year, there will be a phablet successor to the Nexus 6P. And it’s well established that Samsung knows how to make a phablet. Samsung popularized the form factor with the Galaxy Note series.

With its most recent phablets, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, it has proved again what a cutting-edge, too-big-for-your-pocket phone should look like. Not only do the Note 5 and Edge+ look beautiful – we even named the Edge+ our phone of last year – they are performance beasts.

Could Samsung design and build a worthy successor to the Nexus 6P? Definitely – and I wish there was an emoticon to describe how definite this answer really is.

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Could Samsung build a successor to the Nexus 6P? / © ANDROIDPIT

Specs juggernaut

Samsung knows how to place the specs game. Each year, new Galaxy devices are released with ever crazier hardware and benchmark scores than the year before – often better than every other phone.

Love it or hate it, Samsung would produce a monster 2016 Nexus. Imagine this: Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 chip, 4-6 GB of RAM, QHD display (or maybe even 4K), a best-in-class camera, 3,500 mAh or larger battery and all running on stock Android N.

Sounds mouthwatering, no? Yes.

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A Nexus 6 (2016) from Samsung would be a specs beast. / © ANDROIDPIT

Imagine a Nexus Edge+

The Galaxy S6 Edge is arguably the best-looking Android phone you can buy today. It has a finely-machined crimp around the outer rim, it has those smooth edges and its display is colorful and crisp.

With display tech being a strong point for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P, both with QHD resolution, there’s a lot to live up to. And Samsung produces some of the best display panels for Android. And don’t forget, Samsung even supplies Apple with displays for its iPhones.

Combining Edge+ design with the killer tech that the Nexus line offers each year, well, that’d be something to get excited about.

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A Nexus with edges would be a compelling concept. / © ANDROIDPIT

Back in the Nexus spotlight

Samsung was an integral part of the Nexus family a few years ago. It made the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 10 in partnership with Google. These were all great devices, albeit not as popular as others like the Nexus 5. 

Is it time for Samsung to have another crack at it? Rumor has it that Huawei a likely choice to make a new Nexus this year, but there is still a chance that Google is considering Samsung to make a comeback.

And with everything Samsung has learned since the Galaxy Nexus, released in late 2011, you could expect something great.

androidpit nexus 6 vs nexus 6p
Samsung was once integral to the Nexus family. / © ANDROIDPIT

Let it happen

Does this still sound like a crazy idea to you? Perhaps it does. But sooner or later the question of when Samsung will make a Nexus comeback will arise. I hope it has already happened, but even if it hasn't, it could be on the cards before we know it.

And when it is, tweet at me.


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    anshul 9 months ago Link to comment

    Samsung can do anything as they have very strong R&D. It will be no surprise to see next Nexus from them. For sure Samsung will produce Hulk!

  • Dusan V. 9 months ago Link to comment

    I would prefer if manufacturers focus on battery life improvement over increasing display pixel density. I really don't need 4k resolution on mobile device.

  • Wait.. Whats the use of 6 GB Ram unless you run a 64 bit Android OS on it? So the remaining 2 GB of RAM is jzt useless???? And, How do you expect a 4k in a 7" screen, lets consider?

    • Android has 64 bit support for on year or so AFAIK. And for 4k, Sony released the Z5 premium using a 4k display with 5,5 inches. Why would be hard to do the same on a larger panel?

  • The samsungfied nexus will have button, i dont think thats a good idea

  • What about Apple + Google nexus wow

  • When Samsung drop Tizen, and use android in Tv and cars, Google would consider Samsung to build next Nexus...

  • To be blatantly honest I would discourage anyone from purchasing such a nexus device manufactured by samsung. Firstly updates are late and take forever and the so called monthly updates and/or security updates are a myth as I haven't received any kind of update in the last 3 months here in south africa. Samsung pay is not activated across the globe so you will miss out on some futures. The theme store is not good and not everyone can purchase themes yet so you will have to be satisfied with the free themes available if you aren't going to install a launcher. After sales service from samsung here in south africa is really bad and you don't get any feedback from them via email/facebook. The updates that are suppose to fix buggs create more. For example the last update I received fixed the parralax issue yet now if I switch my s6 edge, with 5.1.1 lollipop, off and then on it takes 4 to 5 minutes to boot up (post iow) twice as long as my s5 on lollipop. This is to name a few things I can list here but if samsung should develop a nexus device for google I would assume this will probably be the same issues users will encounter when they purchase a samsung nexus device and maybe more.

    • In other words all your complaints are valid for a Samsung device, not for a Samsung Nexus device.

  • If Samsung made the new Nexus it would be $200 more than the existing 6P..

  • view samsung make a nexsus then it will not be as slow as it tends but it is about HTC should have made ​​ein Nexsus phone for it makes so many good Telfon one that's just bateria sucking on HTC

  • An Droid 9 months ago Link to comment

    For all the crap that "super users" give Samsung, they don't deserve the awesomeness of superb hardware. No, give them more Chinese rubbish.

  • Luka 9 months ago Link to comment

    It absolutely should. Every year there's something missing to the Nexus lineup. Last year it was camera and a smaller screen. This year we may again say camera and a better chip.
    Samsung on the other hand is always perfect at the hardware part but screws it up with TouchWiz. I believe that a Samsung made Nexus would be a perfect match as we would have beautiful display, crazy fast cpu with ridiculous amount of RAM and on top of everything a stock Android experience. The perfect smartphone would be born.
    I suggest you guys at AndroidPit run a poll about this one.

    • For those reading Luka, the camera really deserve critics. It got good quality and was well scored on dxomark but just look at forums and you'll see many users complaining about the shutter speed. Takes long sometimes to focus and only then snaps the photos. Sometimes this "little" issue makes you loose that perfect shot.

  • Samsung hardware google software= perfect phablet

  • Faizan 9 months ago Link to comment

    I think huawei have done a great job with the 6P this year and it would be unfair if someone else made its successor. I agree that the hardware on Samsung flagships is cutting edge and I would choose Samsung to make the next nexus based solely on the camera quality they provide. if it anything other than camera then Huawei will do just as good.

  • Fiji Siv 9 months ago Link to comment

    Samsung makes great hardware, no question. It's always their software that has scared me away. A Samsung Nexus? Yes please!
    However, it wouldn't be an Edge phone. The Nexus line is stock Android and Google isn't going to bake all (any?) of the Edge features into Android.

  • no to samsubg, Google should think about HTC & Oneplus

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