It is about that time that the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X are replaced by new devices, but up to now, the search engine giant has managed to keep quiet about the Nexus 2016 handsets.
There have been rumors and speculations that Taiwanese tech giant, HTC, is in the run to make the two handsets dubbed Sailfish and Marlin. However, neither Google nor HTC has been vocal with the same, but this wasn’t going to last forever, just as the latest leaks can attest.
Apparently, documentation believed to be sourced from the FCC confirms that HTC is in the driving seat as far as the production of the Google Nexus 2016 phones is concerned. This only but justifies the rumors that have been flooding the web about the two handsets in the making, with the Marlin supposedly looking like the HTC 10 and the Sailfish taking after the HTC Desire lineup as far as design is concerned.
Don’t be too excited for the leaked documents speak nothing about the supposed Google Nexus 2016 Sailfish or even Marlin. However, the fact that the entire document mentions “HTC,” “Google” and “Nexus” all in the same place is a strong pointer that indeed HTC is working on the Nexus 2016 handsets. The documents have a July 20 date, however, it is only yesterday that the FCC published the same, adding even further proof that this has nothing to do with some old HTC-made Nexus device.
Previous speculations have suggested that the two HTC-made Nexus 2016 phones will come with very small differences, mainly in term of size and display quality. Where you get a 5-inch Full HD 1080p panel on the Nexus 2016 Sailfish, the flagship Marlin will come with a 5.5-inch QHD 1440p panel. However, it is believed that the two devices will have the same design language and material as well as performance specs.
With this in mind, expect a glass and metal design as well as specs such as a Snapdragon 820 or 821 SoC, 4GB RAM, 12MP primary camera and 8MP secondary camera. Android Nougat will also power the handsets out of the box.