In a recent report, HTC has just made a three-year exclusive deal for building Nexus devices. It is already expected that they will be showcasing the Nexus N later this year, so it is believed that they will already be making Nexus devices for this year even prior to the news about the three-year exclusive deal broke out. A leak for the Nexus N, as shown by ROM developer LlabTooFer, tweeted the codenames for the two upcoming models – the T50 and the T55.
HTC Will be Making Nexus Devices for Three More Years
The leaked HTC T50 will be a 5-inch model whereas the larger one will be the T55 (presumably a 5.5-inch model because of the codename). This smaller model will be the one to replace the LG-made Nexus 5X whereas the larger variant is made to replace the Huawei-manufactured Nexus 6P.
This recent report highlights that the next Nexus smartphone will bring 3D Touch as part of its feature set. The report from a Chinese website tells about this (along with the three-year exclusive deal). For those who have remembered, Nexus devices were built by Samsung, LG, Motorola, and Huawei, but the Nexus One was built by HTC along with the Nexus Tablet.
With the news about the 3D Touch feature coming to the next two Nexus devices, it would be quite possible to say that Google might already be looking to place that functionality as a standard offering for even future models for their Android devices. Further on to the said report and there are also other smartphone manufacturers working on with this technology which includes Xiaomi, Vivo, Meizu, and Oppo.
However, do note that there are some unconfirmed information that was spotted on the Chinese report, these even include the three-year deal. Nevertheless, it is no secret that HTC is struggling when it comes to building its presence within the Android market. With larger names stealing the limelight, such as Samsung, LG, and Sony, it would make one wonder if the company is looking to adopt a more business approach than to directly take on its competitors.
If this story does hold some, or even a lot of truth in it, then HTC might have just secured their place in the mobile market for a good long while. Those who are fans of the Nexus handsets will surely be filled with glee as the smartphone manufacturer does have a history of bringing good value for money in terms of making good mobile handsets.