The Google Nexus 2016 is one of the most anticipated smartphones that is set to be announced in the coming weeks.
While there have been numerous rumors doing rounds with respect to the specs and features of the Nexus 2016 handsets, little has been said about their design. However, in the latest leaks, photos of the supposed Google Nexus 2016 Sailfish, the successor to the Nexus 5X, have emerged showing off a metal and glass design.
This will mean the company moves from the cheap-looking plastic material used on the Nexus 5X and instead, this year’s low-end model will keep the same premium build as what was experienced on the classy Nexus 6P. The Huawei-made flagship was Google’s first all-metal Nexus handset, something that HTC is set to continue with this year’s models.
Just in case you are wondering how HTC jumped into the mix, well, it is rumored that the Taiwanese tech giant is the one behind the production of two Google Nexus 2016 phones codenamed Marlin and Sailfish. As noted earlier, the latter will succeed the Nexus 5X while the former will take the place of the Nexus 6P. However, unlike last year where Huawei came in with a 5.7-inch phablet and LG went for a 5.2-inch screen size for the 5X, the HTC-made Nexus 2016 handsets will be reduced by 0.2 inches each. This means you get a 5.5-inch Nexus 6P successor and a 5-inch Nexus 5X successor.
If the latest sources are to be believed, the upcoming Google Nexus 2016 handsets will share the same design as well as materials. In addition, every aspect will be the same apart from the size, as noted above. The leaked photos show a Sailfish phone that is made of metal, but the upper third has a glass section where the fingerprint scanner rests. You will also come across a single antenna line on the lower side of the handset.
This new report adds to earlier claims that the two handsets will also share the same hardware specs, apart from the fact that the smaller Nexus 2016 Sailfish will come with a Full HD 1080p screen as opposed to the QHD panel to be used on the flagship Marlin. With this in mind, expect things like a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB RAM and several storage options like last year’s models. The camera specs are rumored to be 12MP for the main snapper and 8MP for the selfie camera. As usual, the new OS – Android Nougat – will ship with the handsets out of the box.
Google is expected to launch the Nexus 2016 phones this September, with a possible release in the same month or in October, just like the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.