In the world of Android, there are few devices that people look forward to seeing an official release more than new Nexus devices. Sure, they might not be as flashy as something like the upcoming Galaxy Note 7, but the Nexus devices have a hardcore following behind them, and they represent a step forward for Android overall. Each year, Google releases a new Nexus device – or two – and this year it appears as though these devices could becoming from HTC, or perhaps Huawei, depending on which rumor you want to believe. Now though, a build.prop file for one of the rumored HTC Nexus smartphones, codenamed “Sailfish”, has leaked out courtesy of @evleaks himself.
Those in the know will instantly recognize both the importance as well as possible sketchiness of a build.prop file. This file is essentially a plain text file that Android uses to configure itself when the system is booted, and the strings of text found within this document determine key behavior of your device, and have led to infamous changes such as the UI density of a device, making items smaller or larger onscreen. The build.prop therefore, has to include key information about the device, otherwise Android won’t know how to approach it. This build.prop has a build date of Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 which isn’t as recent as we’d have thought for a Nexus device, and the security patch version is listed as May 2016. Of course, there’s every chance that this is an old ROM dump that @evleaks seems to have his hands on, but it does go on to tell us more about the rumored hardware for the HTC Sailfish, also known as the S1. As these are just text files, they’re super-easy to modify and well, fake.
Evan Blass has already shared quite a few details regarding the upcoming Nexus smartphones. The full dump has not been shared, but Evan has posted an image of the phone’s build.prop which does give some visibility into the components which are used in the phone. The most obvious item to stand out if the reference to the phone’s MSM8996 processor – aka the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. While it’s been speculated that the two new Nexus phones could feature the new Snapdragon 821 SoC, that doesn’t seem to be the case in this particular circumstance.
The other reference which caught our attention is the reference to an LCD pixel density of 420. It’s not a perfect match, but it aligns well with previous reports that claimed the Nexus Sailfish would be equipped with a 5-inch, 1080p display.
Would a Snapdragongong 820 and 1080p display keep you from buying or even recommending the Nexus Sailfish?