HOA Weekly Wrap and Nexus Week Preview!

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This past week saw tons of leaks showcasing the upcoming LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P. In addition, over the weekend some slides leaked of Google’s September 29 presented that details EVERYTHING about the Nexus 6P. Max just put up a great video on his thoughts regarding the Nexus 6P, definitely take a quick look:

So, what do I think? I think it looks like a solid phone, but the one thing we still don’t know is price. Max is hopeful that this phone will check in at a $400-$450 price point, but I am leaning toward a price point closer to the Nexus 6 launch price of $650. To me, this phone looks better than last year’s Shamu, so I don’t know why Google would hesitate to keep the price consistent. On the other hand, the Moto X Pure has set a benchmark for reasonably priced flagships, and this phone would need to compete with that price. In addition to that, there was a lot of backlash over the high price of the Nexus 6 last year, so perhaps Google will relent and give the people what they want. At the end of the day I expect the Nexus 6P to be around $599, and the Nexus 5X around $350, that’s my price prediction for Tuesday.

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As Max discussed in his video, the camera is perhaps the most exciting part. If Google has really brought an elite camera to the Nexus, it will definitely be a phone of the year candidate out of the box. I’m not entirely sold on USB C yet, I have found it more annoying than helpful on the OnePlus 2. The speakers look to be prominent again on this year’s larger Nexus, something we all enjoyed last year. The phone does seem a bit heavy to me at 178 grams, but perhaps it won’t be an issue. At least Google and Huawei put some of that extra weight towards a large battery! I think we’ll all appreciate the various storage and color options, I just hope Google launches all of the color options this time!

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"