Recent reports about the upcoming Google Nexus 2016 smartphones have suggested that the search engine giant will be making a huge change to these handsets as compared to what happened with last year’s Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.
When these two were released towards the end of the year, Google went for two different designs and specs, something that probably pissed off many people who would have liked to have a stock Android-powered flagship device. The Nexus 5X is a mid-range handset with not so powerful hardware as compared to the flagship Nexus 6P, which leaves many with no choice but to opt for the larger 5.7-inch handset in order to enjoy top-notch performance and features as well.
This is a mistake that the Google Nexus 2016 handsets will not be repeating as HTC will be packing the same hardware specs under the hood of each handset. In short, you will enjoy the same performance levels when using either the Google Nexus 2016 Marlin or the Google Nexus 2016 Sailfish. Even though this takes care of last year’s discrepancies, it comes in with another shortfall. Apparently, HTC is not using the same build materials to put together the Marlin and Sailfish handsets.
In a new report, it has seemingly been confirmed that the Google Nexus 2016 Marlin will pack a 5.5-inch display unit as compared to the 5.2-inch unit Sailfish will come with. It gets even more interesting as the former will come with an all-metal build that gives it a premium look you see with the likes of HTC 10. On the other hand, the latter will come with a metal and plastic design, with the frame being the only metallic part of the phone. This means that, like last year, there won’t be a compact Google Nexus 2016 smartphone that offers a flagship design and features altogether.
If you are familiar with HTC Desire handsets, the look of the upcoming Google Nexus 2016 Sailfish won’t be strange to you. Yet, one would ask why Google would still be stuck on plastic designs when the likes of Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi and a bunch of other OEMs are coming in with premium-looking handsets with metallic builds as well as capable specs under the hood. A possible answer to this is because the Google Nexus Sailfish will cost slightly cheaper than the Google Nexus Marlin, just like last year’s models.
A plastic Sailfish will probably cost somewhere in the regions of $400, with the all-metal Marlin expected to cost more than $650. The two handsets will be powered by Android Nougat, which Google should be releasing in the course of this coming month.