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LG and Huawei Nexus 6 phones: Five things you need to know

LG and Huawei Nexus 6 phones: Five things you need to know

Google has not just one, but two new Nexus smartphones waiting in the wings. It'll be the first time it's launched two smartphones at once, and like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, they'll be different sizes.

But unlike other firms' flagships, they'll both be made by different companies: rumours say the 5.2-inch one will be made by LG, while the 5.7-incher will be made by Huawei.

So what else is there to know? Read on, and we'll give you the skinny on what could be the iPhone's fiercest rivals.

1 We'll see them in three weeks

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According to sources speaking to CNET, both phones will launch on September 29th – that's three weeks today.

The sources say the event will be held in San Francisco, meaning it'll likely be in the evening UK time.

This would be a little earlier than Google's previous Nexus launches. It unveiled the Nexus 6 on October 15th last year, and the Nexus 5 on October 31st 2013.

An earlier launch is likely because Google wants to stop Apple hogging all the headlines.

2 Pre-orders will start on October 13th

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That's according to TalkAndroid's sources.

October 13th would be two weeks after launch, which would make sense. The delay would also allow Google to snag headlines for weeks, rather than making the phones available the day they're announced.

There's no word yet on availability, but it's safe to assume they'll start shipping around the start of November. That would be a full month after the new iPhones have gone on sale.

3 Android M

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As is tradition, Google will release the new version of Android at the same time as its new Nexus devices. Both phones will be the first to ship with Android M, while the rest of us will have to wait to update our devices.

Android M – or Android 6.0 Marshmallow, to give it its full name – brings some major bug fixes, gives more control over app permissions, and brings support for two new features: Android Pay and Now on Tap.

Android Pay is Google's take on Apple Pay, and lets you pay for goods and services by tapping your phone against the card reader. It will replace Google Wallet.

Now on Tap, meanwhile, will serve up information on films, restaurants and more from within various apps. Texting someone about a restaurant you want to try? You'll be able to book a table from within the text app using Now on Tap. Amazing.

4 Specs

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Now, the meat of the devices.

The LG-made follow-up to the Nexus 5 is expected to sport a 5.2-inch screen, a USB-C port and dual front-facing speakers. Inside, we're expecting a Snapdragon 808 chip with 3GB of RAM.

It'll also have a fingerprint sensor on the back.

Huawei's successor to the Nexus 6 will have a 5.76-inch QHD screen and metal body, along with the same fingerprint sensor and USB-C port as its smaller sibling.

Expect them to give the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus a run for their money.

5 Price

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There's been no indication of price yet, but we can make some predictions based on previous Nexus devices.

They're known for being affordable, though as the specs have improved, the prices have gone up. They're more mid-range devices than wallet-friendly mobiles.

As such, we'd expect the 5.2-incher to cost roughly the same as the Moto X Play, i.e. starting at £279. That's far cheaper than some phones, but pricier than the OnePlus 2, which only costs £239.

The larger of the phones will naturally be more expensive. We'd wager it will cost around £330.

With these and the new iPhones, phone lovers are in for a very merry Christmas.

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