Since January 2010, the Nexus phone has been Google’s flagship handset. With this in mind, the Nexus is always the first phone to receive any kind of Android updates, from OS to various applications. In the past few years, Google has collaborated with various companies to develop and deliver the Nexus smartphones. The first Nexus phone was developed with the help of HTC. Other companies such as Samsung, LG, Huawei, and Motorola have also played an important role over the years.
The newest Nexus phone is reportedly going to be launched next month, on October 4th. However, it won’t be sold under the Nexus brand. Numerous rumours have surfaced in the past months. Depending on whom we want to believe, the new phone may be called Marlin or Pixel XL. Regardless of its final name, it will be a phone built through Google’s collaboration with HTC.
So, what do we know so far?
- Price - There's no doubt that Google’s latest phone will be launched on October 4th. However, there is speculation regarding the price range. Analysing the past Nexus launches, both Nexus 6 phones, the 2015 and the 2016 versions were released with a £500 price tag. Judging by these numbers, it’s almost safe to assume that the new Pixel XL will also be priced somewhere in the vicinity.
- Design - The Nexus line has seen a pretty impressive design fluctuation; various sizes and materials were used in order to create past handsets. The Nexus 5, initially released in 2013 had a 4.95” display. The Nexus 6, launched in 2014, had a 5.96” display. The two latest models, the 5X and the 6P have a 5.2” and a 5.7” display. However, according to a couple of leaks, the newest Google phones will have either a 5” or a 5.5” display. Given the variation in shape and size of the older Nexus phones, it’s almost impossible to be sure of the size of the phone, until we actually hold it in our hands - exciting!
- Performance - There’s clear evidence that the new Pixel XL phone will include Google’s latest OS, the Android 7.1 Nougat. Moreover, sources have indicated that the phone is going to be backed up by at least 4GB of RAM. Unfortunately, there are no clear indications on whether the phone will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 or 821 quad-core processor. Regardless of the processor choice, the overall performance of the phone will be at least on-par with current flagships from other brands.
Roll on October 4th to see what the latest Nexus handset brings!