When it comes to leaks, it’s been the HTC Nexus Sailfish which has seen the majority of leaks so far. Out of the two devices expected this year, it’ll be Sailfish which will cater to those with budget constraints. The past couple of years have witnessed an evolved approach for the lineup from Google. Last year’s Nexus 6P and 5X managed to deliver on both high and medium tiers quite effectively.
Information so far suggests that the Nexus Sailfish will also deliver in similar areas. The device will come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821, coupled with 4GB of RAM on board. This will be supplemented by a 1080p screen and a 12MP rear camera. All of this for an alleged $449 price tag will end up making the device quite an effective offering indeed.
The Sailfish, is expected to cost $449 for the 32GB model — at least according to Nexus Blog’s unnamed sources from HTC. That’s $70 more than last year’s 16GB Nexus 5X, and $20 more than the 32GB option. It’s unclear at this time whether there will be a 64GB or 128GB Sailfish model, or how much the extra storage would cost.
Some more alleged renders of the device have crossed our path today. Take a look at them below.
The 32GB Nexus Marlin is reportedly priced at $599, which is $100 more than last year’s 32GB Nexus 6P. The 2015 Nexus phablet also came in 64GB and 128GB options, priced at $549 and $649, respectively. It’s likely that Google will also have Marlin versions with more built-in storage, but Nexus Blog doesn’t know what to expect.
Comparatively, the Nexus phones’ main rival is expected to have 32GB, 128GB and 254GB options – that’s the iPhone 7, launching in mid-September. While Apple is yet to announce the new iPhones, multiple independent reports indicated that these new storage upgrades are in the cards for the iPhone.
Perhaps the strongest differentiation point for Marlin and Sailfish will come in the form of camera specifications and battery sizes. Display resolution should be another specification that should see strong attention, particularly with Apple’s stubbornness in upgrading the iPhone lineups resolutions. There’s still more than a month left until Sailfish and Marlin see the light of day. More is bound to surface on them in the coming weeks.