It is about time that the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X got a replacement. While the two handsets have only been known as Google Nexus Marlin and Google Nexus Sailfish, apparently, it appears that the search engine giant has some other ideas with this year’s handsets.
In addition to reports that there will be decrements in the display screens used on both phones, it has recently emerged that the Google Nexus Marlin and Sailfish will adopt new names for 2016. The larger Marlin will now be called Google Pixel XL while the smaller Sailfish will be known as Google Pixel.
A lot is already known about the Google Nexus Marlin and Sailfish, although the sources are not from Google nor HTC, the company that is working on the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X successors. According to past reports, the phones will pack the same hardware specs, however, the latest benchmark leak only sheds light on the details of the larger Google Pixel XL.
If all goes according to plan, expect to come across a Snapdragon 820 SoC and 4GB RAM on the flagship handset. This is the same combination you should find on the Google Pixel, but this has not been confirmed in the latest leak. With this in mind, the phones will be on the same level with many 2016 Android flagships when it comes to performance. As noted earlier, there have been leaked details regarding the Google Nexus Marlin before, with the new Geekbench stats are only but serving as additional leverage.
As expected, the Google Pixel XL will be powered by the latest Android Nougat OS, which the leak lists as Android NMR1, probably denoting Android Nougat Maintenance Release 1. In short, this should be the newest iteration of the OS. This isn’t a surprise, but it’s Google conforming to the norm by debuting new Nexus devices with the newest OS in town.
Although yet to be confirmed, there are reports that Google could hold an event on October 4 during which the new Google Nexus Marlin aka Google Pixel XL alongside the Sailfish aka Google Pixel, will be unveiled.