In case you missed it, it is Nexus Season. You know, the time for good cheer, severe speculation, and of course our favorite – Nexus rumors.
Google’s pure Android phones have not seen the success of the iPhone, and they can’t match the sales of Samsung Galaxy flagship phones out there, but they still have plenty of fans. Nexus phones have one major advantage, access to fast Android updates, which make them prized possessions to Android users looking to be on the latest available Android releases. And this year, Google’s Nexus phones will be true flagship devices according to several independent reports, complete with great new design.
A series of leaks suggested that the HTC Marlin and Sailfish might have a strange design that would mix metal with plastic. Since then, a new report indicated that the Marlin is made of metal, while the smaller Sailfish will be made of plastic.
YouTube channel Techconfigurations already offered us a great video featuring 3D renders of what the Marlin and Sailfish might look like based on early leaks, and now it released a second video that imagines an all-metal Marlin.
The device looks stunning and reminds us of its sibling, the HTC 10, which is HTC’s flagship handset of 2016. Listed in the video are also the rumored specs for the handset, though there is an error regarding the phone’s processor. It’s going to be a Snapdragon 820/821 mobile CPU inside the phone rather than 820/822, as the video states.
Google is expected to sell its new Nexus smartphones, allegedly codenamed Marlin and Sailfish, directly to shoppers, but it turns out the devices might also be available from one major carrier. A new rumor claims Verizon will carry the HTC-made stock Android handsets as well.
The leak comes from Evan Blass, who has a good track record when it comes to mobile leaks. Blass doesn’t reveal very much in his latest tip. The quotation marks around “Nexus” seem to suggest Verizon’s version of the rumored smartphones won’t really count as pure Nexus devices, possibly due to carrier bloatware and less reliable software updates. That’s essentially what happened with Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus, and it sounds like history may repeat itself later this year.
Google will likely still offer the Nexus Marlin and Sailfish directly to customers, so it’s unclear what advantages a Verizon variant might offer. The carrier could sell the devices on a payment plan instead of charging the full price upfront like Google typically does. That alone may win some shoppers over.
The new Nexus phones are expected to pack plenty of power, especially the high-end Marlin model. The rumored metal smartphone will allegedly offer a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a 3450mAh battery, a 12-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, a rear fingerprint reader and Android Nougat software. The smaller Sailfish could sport similar specs with a 5-inch 1080p display and a 2770mAh battery in a plastic shell.
Both devices are reportedly set to launch later this year, likely sometime this fall when the new Nexus lineup typically hits the scene. If Verizon really is set to offer a carrier variant, we’ll probably see it released at around the same time.