Google is expected to release two new Android phones in the coming weeks. Most reports refer to them as 2016 Nexus devices, while a fresh rumor claims Google will go for Google branding instead in India and certain other Markets. The company is supposedly looking to better position its devices to fight against the iPhone, and the rumored device will have high-end specs and high-quality design. A brand new leak indicates that the phones will indeed have top hardware, matching the specs of some of the hottest smartphones out there, including the Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 series. The two Nexus devices already recently received FCC certification.
An Antutu benchmark for the “Google Nexus Marlin” found on Weibo by The Malignant, now confirms some of the rumored specifications of the Nexus Marlin, the bigger of the two devices. The benchmark listing surfaced on Weibo and was also shared on Twitter by reliable tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka OnLeaks.
According to the benchmark, the HTC Nexus Marlin will rock a 5.5-inch QHD display with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels and pack a powerful Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood, along with Adreno 530 graphics and a hefty 4 GB of RAM.
Other Nexus Marlin specifications include 32 GB of native storage space, a 13 megapixel main camera, an 8 megapixel selfie cam, and a 3,450 mAh battery to keep everything up and running.
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On the software front, the Nexus Marlin will serve as one of the launch vehicles for Google’s latest Android OS version, which means that it will boast Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box although this year the Nexus wouldn’t be the first device to come with the latest and greatest Android.
Being part of the Nexus family, the devices will also be among the first in line to get future patches and updates from Google as soon as they become available.
A few days ago, a similar leak was posted online for the HTC Nexus Sailfish, which is the smaller of the two. Aside from screen resolution, set at 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) for the Sailfish, the two handsets are identical.
The Nexus Marlin is expected to rock a sleek metal build to make it look and feel more premium, while the smaller Nexus Sailfish will reportedly have a plastic build. Although Android Police disagrees with the notion and suggests that both the phones may rock the same design and there will not be any plastic on them.
Yet,based on these differences, it’s safe to assume the Nexus Marlin will be the higher-end of the two, hence more expensive, while the Nexus Sailfish will come as an upper-midrange, more affordable alternative.
The Sailfish leak also included Geekbench scores for the handset: 2158 in single-core and 5355 in multi-core tests.
A search for “Google Marlin” on Geekbench produces scores for the upcoming phablet as well. Recorded on June 30th, or well over a month before the Google Sailfish listing was spotted, the test lists 2084 and 4969 in single- and multi-core tests for the Marlin.
Furthermore, the first real photos of the HTC-made phones have emerged online.
The Nexus Marlin is expected to rock a sleek metal build to make it look and feel more premium, while the smaller Nexus Sailfish will reportedly have a plastic build.
Based on these differences, it’s safe to assume the Nexus Marlin will be the higher-end of the two, hence more expensive, while the Nexus Sailfish will come as an upper-midrange, more affordable alternative.
No information is currently available as to how much the devices will cost or when they will hit the market, but Google should make an official announcement soon enough. At this point, it’s probably a matter of weeks until we’re going to see the Marlin and Sailfish become official. October 4th is the rumored release date for the handsets.
It will be interesting to see what HTC has cooked up for the Nexus line this year, especially since the company has been trying to get back on track after losing ground to rivals in the smartphone market. As always, we’ll keep you posted as soon as we get more information.