HTC is rumored to manufacturer two Nexus smartphones this year. The earlier leaks from GFXBench revealed the devices to be codenamed as Marlin and Sailfish.
Earlier today, an AnTuTu screenshot surfaced on Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo, alleging that the upcoming HTC-made Google Nexus Sailfish was put through the benchmark test. The phone also turned up on Geekbench browser under the name “google sailfish”.
As said earlier, the device will be powered by the Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU. Qualcomm had recently revealed the Snapdragon 821 chipset as an upgraded version of Snapdragon 820 and is said to offer 10% better performance. But HTC had opted for the Snapdragon 820 SoC over the Snapdragon 821 SoC. While the ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe is the first smartphone to feature Snapdragon 821 SoC.
Other specifications on the device will include 4GB of RAM and 32GB of built in storage and it will also come with high end cameras on the front and back. We don’t expect MicroSD card slot as we never seen an expandable option in the recent Nexus devices.
The front camera will feature 8 megapixel for Selfies and the rear camera will feature 13 megapixels for photos and videos, the device will come with the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, Android 7.0 Nougat.
GFXbench revealed it to be a 5-inch smartphone with Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution. So this could be the successor to Nexus 5X which also came with a 1080p display while Nexus 6P sports a Quad HD display.
While the Nexus 5X came with the mid-range specifications, this year we can see both the Nexus devices to come with high-end specifications. On the camera front, the Nexus 5X came with a 12.3MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera compared to the 13MP and 8MP set up on the rumored Nexus Sailfish.. The device will be running on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Apart from the Nexus devices, upcoming LG V20 is said to be the first device to launch with Android Nougat but comes with the UX UI laid on top.
The phone will, thus, match the Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7, when it comes to specs, having one advantage on the software side: the new Sailfish will run Android 7.0 out of the box. Samsung’s phones, which proved to be quite fast in benchmark tests and real-life performance measurements, do have a trick under the hood themselves, fast UFS storage. It’s too early to tell whether Google’s new Nexus phones will also have similarly fast storage.
We are expecting Google to announce its two new Nexus smartphones some time soon, as soon as we get some more details on the exact release date for the handsets, we will let you guys know.