HTC Nexus Marlin & Sailfish get certified at FCC before official unveil

By now the general consensus seems to be that HTC will be making this year’s Nexus handsets. It also appears that Google will be keeping to last year’s pattern by offering up two handsets, although in this case it seems that HTC will be making both of them, as opposed to last year where we had two different companies.

If you’re still skeptical or if maybe you wanted more evidence of HTC’s Nexus plans, you might be interested to learn that the FCC filing for HTC’s Nexus handsets has been discovered. Now the FCC filing doesn’t actually give away the specs or the design of the phone, but there is evidence to suggest that these are the Nexus phones.

The launch of the 2016 Nexus phones is imminent, we’ve been seeing more and more appearing in the last week, including live images of one of the phones today. That is about to get more official with HTC putting two Nexus devices through the FCC today.

The FCC is listing 2 smartphones built by HTC – G-2PW2100 and G-2PW4100 – with the telltale descriptor that these are Nexus devices being that HTC points to the website as the location of the manual for both devices.


The FCC Label ID is also a giveaway with the now familiar Google font used for the ‘G’ in the model # on the FCC Label which will be placed on the rear:


The letter from HTC  to FCC clearly mentions that these are Nexus devices and they will finally make it to official Google Nexus site. Enough evidence?



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We also spotted the Kernel version number in the filing indicating that this is a very recent build.



There was nothing groundbreaking in the specs, LTE bands (Band 2/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/30/41), WiFI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual-Band), Bluetooth LE and NFC. We got no hints as to dimensions, screen or battery size or any other goodies. The LTE Bands listed are limited to those tested by the FCC, so don’t start worrying that there’s no Band X for your country.



Unfortunately there’s no external images attached to either filing, but we got a good dose of that today.

The 2016 Nexus phones could well be the most anticipated Nexus launch ever, with two premium models rumoured for release it could be a very good year for Nexus lovers everywhere. It is possible that everything so far could be viewed as a bit of a stretch, but either way we have heard the rumors that the Nexus phones could be launched on the 4th of October, so do check back with us then for the details.

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