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Just a little over a month stands between us and the 2016 version of the Nexus 5 – and we’re looking forward to it! We’re already used to Google’s business model for all its Nexus models which offer the original design, marketing, and tech support, while a 3rd party company handles most of the development and manufacturing.
Google has already partnered with LG, Huawei, HTC, and Asus in the past, and according to a couple of leaks from earlier this year, the newest Nexus will be manufactured by either Huawei or HTC. The best part? We might have two new phones on our hands! One from HTC (codename Marlin) and one from Huawei (codename Sailfish).
- 5” QHD (2560*1440p) display for the Marlin and 5” FHD (1920*1080p) display for the Sailfish
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Quad-core processor (10% faster than its predecessor) for the Marlin, and the Snapdragon 820 for the Sailfish
- Adreno 530 graphics processor
- 4GB of RAM
- 32GB of internal storage
- 13Mp rear camera + 8Mp front camera (with 4K video support)
- USB Type-C charging port
- 3,450 mAh (Marlin) / 2,770 mAh battery (Sailfish)
According to these specs, both phones will be in the flagship category, close to the industry’s current best - the Xiaomi Mi 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. I guess Google learned their lesson from Sony’s 4K display flagship that failed to impress critics.
We’re already expecting the launch of Google’s latest OS, the Nougat, to happen by the end of August, so it’s safe to assume that both phones will be launched with the latest Android 7.0.
Allegedly, the Marlin will be the bigger and more powerful of the two handsets. There are some rumours that the Marlin will have a 5.5” display, however, nothing is certain yet. We do know that it will have a metal frame - which will only add value to the design. HTC got us used to exceptional quality phones, and surely the Marlin will not disappoint.
On the other hand, we have the Sailfish version, which will still be a premium phone, but without some of the extra ”features” on the Marlin. This device will only have a plastic frame if we were to listen to the rumours. However, the majority of phones that were launched under the Huawei logo have metal frames or metal bodies. Which leads us to be a bit suspicious about the whole “plastic frame” leak. Nevertheless, regardless of the material used, the Sailfish version is bound to be an amazing smartphone.