According to current rumors, HTC is working together with Google to launch the new Nexus 2016 handsets – two phones that will take the places of Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, which were released last year.
There is no any form of confirmation that has come from these two tech giants, but reports are rife that the two handsets being developed will shape up to be tougher opponents for the likes of Samsung and Apple than last year’s models. This is because HTC will reportedly pack the same hardware specs under the hoods of the two phones, but the premium model will stick to a premium design as opposed to the Nexus 5X successor. But there’s more coming in.
Two premium handsets
If “premium” only means top-class hardware specs to you, the upcoming Google Nexus 2016 handsets will all be in the same class. This is because rumors are pointing towards 5.5-inch and 5.2-inch phones that are packed with the same hardware specs. Of course, the main differences will be visible from the outside thanks to things like screen size and build material used. The larger 5.5-inch Marlin will be made of metal whereas the 5.2-inch Sailfish will come with a combination of plastic and metal, with the latter material only featuring on the phone’s edges. In short, the Google Nexus 2016 will keep the premium-looking design language that was introduced by the Nexus 6P, something that should get Samsung and Apple more worried.
Samsung AMOLED display screens
There have been previous reports that Apple will finally be ditching LCD panels in favor of OLED screens from Samsung. Well, Cupertino has yet to make this move, but the Google Nexus 2016 handsets are ready to follow in the footsteps of last year’s Nexus 6P by packing a Samsung-made AMOLED screen with a stunning 2K resolution. However, the smaller Sailfish will stick to Full HD resolution, which should also be an AMOLED panel.
Powerful specs and newer software
Other than carrying premium-looking designs, the Google Nexus 2016 phones will also pack very impressive hardware specs. These include the latest Snapdragon 820 (although some rumors are pointing towards a newer Snapdragon 821 SoC), a RAM of 4GB as well as support for OpenGL ES 3.0.
As for the software, this year’s Google Nexus phones will follow in the footsteps of their predecessors by coming with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. This OS comes with new features and massive improvements from what was offered in Marshmallow, all of which should bring a totally new experience for lovers of stock Android.
Price and release date
At the moment, a lot of details are still vague, these include the pricing and official release date of the Google Nexus 2016 handsets. However, there are rumors that Google will want to keep the prices as low as possible in order to attract more buyers, especially now that there are lots of smartphones with premium features and looks, but are priced at attractive prices as well.
If this materializes, we might see a Google Nexus 2016 Marlin valued at no less than $450 while the smaller Nexus 2016 Sailfish will exchange hands beginning from $350. Furthermore, Google is thought to be planning an August release for the new Android Nougat, which many would love to believe will also be the release date for the Google Nexus 2016 handsets. Still, neither Google nor HTC has confirmed any of these reports.
When would you like to see the Google Nexus 2016 phones released?