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Nexus’ Usually takes 2 Years to Develop, Nexus 6P/5X just 7 Months

December 15, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

We always hear these stories about how long it takes smartphones to be made, and we always knew that it was over a year for each one. As there are many prototypes made before the final phone is unveiled in front of the press at a media event. Typically, Google and their partners work on the next Nexus device almost two years ahead of the announcement. However, this year was a bit different. Google, Huawei and LG worked together for just 7 months on the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X ahead of its announcement.

According to a Redditor who was at the Nexus Open Studio event in NYC this week, he spoke with a few members of the Google team. In which he learned that the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X came together in a “grueling seven months”. Now the “grueling” part coincides with what Huawei told us during our media tour last month in Shenzhen. That building the Nexus with Google was a dream come true, but it was a pretty grueling process. So just seven months to create a new device like the Nexus 6P may seem like a ton of time, but in all reality it wasn’t. Especially considering the design of the device was brand new. And not based off of one of Huawei’s other devices. Similar to the Nexus 6 and Moto X 2014. Some Googler’s also touched on the Nexus 6 and stated that someone backed out at the last minute. That’s about what we thought, so it’s nice to have some confirmation there.

Talking about the engineering process of the Nexus 6P, there were about 80 steps in engineering the Nexus 6P. And a number of engineers from Google spent a good amount of time in China working with Huawei, taking the Nexus 6P right off of the manufacturing line and testing out different aspects of the device. Regarding the bending of the Nexus 6P, engineers did state that Huawei does go deep into testing the strength of their phones. Which we saw first hand at their R&D facility in Shenzhen. The Nexus 6P won’t bend under normal circumstances, but when you are trying to bend it, it will bend just like any other smartphone.

You can check out the entire write up over on Reddit, It’s a good read with a ton of great information.