Report: Google Nexus 2016 Phones Have a Launch Date – But be Ready for Surprises

Google Nexus 2016

Rumors of the Google Nexus 2016 phones are still on given that the search engine giant has not yet announced the phones.

Dubbed Marlin and Sailfish, the two phones will reportedly come with the same hardware specs under the hood. It has also been speculated that Google will this time ditch the Nexus logo on the phones in favor of a G logo. HTC is behind the making of Google Nexus 2016 phones, but these two could possibly launch with different names as opposed to the Nexus brand name.

Apparently, the search engine giant is looking at Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL as the ideal names for the Nexus 2016 phones. The Pixel model is basically the Sailfish while the larger Marlin will be named Pixel XL. Of course, this is still a huge rumor, but it follows the company’s promise to take on a more opinionated role with its future hardware products, starting with the Nexus 2016 phones.

According to reports, Google wants its name to feature the most on the devices as opposed to the Nexus brand. In addition, the company wants to include its own customized software and unique features that won’t be available on other Android devices using the same OS. Google already uses the Pixel name on its Chromebooks and hybrid tablets, something that seems moving over to the smartphone arena.

With September already up and running, the time for a new Nexus phone is almost here. Google is expected to unveil the Nexus 2016 Marlin and Sailfish at an event on October 4. During the same event, the company will also unveil a new 4K Chromecast variant.

Google Nexus 2016

Many will be asking why Google would make such an audacious move in doing away with a brand name that has grown to be loved by many as well as synonymous with the company. Well, one main reason behind this switch is the fact that Google wants to compete better with Apple’s iPhone, which is controlled solely by the Cupertino company. Previous reports have suggested that Google could expand its line of Pixel products to include a Pixel phone – well, this should be it.

Google Nexus 2016 phones or rather the Pixel phones are expected to debut with the newest Android 7.0 Nougat on board. Some of the hardware specs rumored to be coming packed in these devices include a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. The camera specs include a 13MP rear snapper and 8MP selfie camera.

The search engine giant is also expected to cut down the screen sizes of the Nexus 2016 phones as compared to last year’s Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. These two had screen sizes of 5.7 inches and 5.2 inches respectively.

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