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2016 HTC Nexus news and rumors

The next Google Nexus phone from HTC could be a killer flagship

Last year, Google chose LG and Huawei to make the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, moving away from only having one new Nexus phone in the range. This year, it may repeat the same strategy, but HTC might be in charge of the entire production. We now have leaked specs for both devices — here’s what we think we know about the 2016 Nexus smartphones.

Rumored specs

The M1, or Marlin, is presumed to be the bigger device between the two and a likely successor to the Nexus 6P. It has a higher bar to hit, considering the 6P’s  acclaim and success. Android Police unveiled specifications for the device, but take this with a grain of salt as we are unable to verify the information or source.

The HTC-made Marlin is expected to have a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. That’s slightly smaller than the Nexus 6P, but nevertheless it will reportedly be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm processor and have 4GB of RAM. Like its predecessors, it will house a USB Type-C port, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, a 3,450mAh battery, and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. According to the leak, the rear camera will pack 12-megapixels and the device will support Bluetooth 4.2, but the biggest change might be the lack of front-facing speakers — HTC and Google may be opting for bottom-firing ones.

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Strangely, the leak suggests that Google will only be offering a 32GB model and a 128GB model, with nothing in between. Let’s hope the prices don’t make a hefty jump for the latter variant.

The S1, also known as Sailfish, looks to be the direct successor to the Nexus 5X, if Android Police‘s report is on the money.

According to the leaked specifications, the Sailfish will pack a 5-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution AMOLED screen with an 8-megapixel selfie shooter above it and a 12MP camera on the back. The Sailfish will reportedly be powered by a quad-core 2GHz 64-bit processor and 4GB RAM, with a 2,770mAh battery keeping the lights on. You’ll get 32GB of native storage, though it is unknown whether there will be multiple models that offer either more or less.

Elsewhere, the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner will reportedly sit below the camera, with a top-mounted headphone jack and a bottom-mounted USB Type-C port. The Sailfish will allegedly either feature a single bottom-firing speaker or speakers, though it is unknown whether the latter would be dual stereo speakers or not. Finally, the Sailfish will reportedly not feature the recently announced Bluetooth 5 standard, and instead go with Bluetooth 4.2.

As for the second HTC Nexus device, code-named Marlin, WinFuture.de blogger Roland Quandt spotted some benchmark results that hinted that the Marlin is a Nexus 6P refresh with 4GB of RAM. You can check out the benchmark results here. We can’t verify if this information is accurate, so be wary.

If these reports are true, then it would seem that the only difference between the two devices are the display, resolution, and battery. Last year’s Nexus devices had different processors that easily put the Nexus 6P in the lead. That could mean higher prices for the smaller model, rather than Nexus 5X pricing.

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