Google is no longer an underdog when it comes to the smartphone world. In fact, the company’s line of Nexus devices has gained such huge popularity thanks to the fact that they run on pure Android, nothing like what you get from the likes of Samsung, LG, HTC, Huawei and other Android-based devices.
This year will see a new set of devices come into play – the Google Nexus 2016 and despite the huge competition that will be coming in from the aforementioned players, including Apple, this year’s versions of the Nexus phones are set to be bigger than ever.
Android Nougat, the OS that will power the Google Nexus 2016 phones, is rumored to be gearing up for a before-end-of-August release date. Some experts believe that this will be about the same time the Nexus 2016 handsets come into play, but this cannot be guaranteed whatsoever. Still, it doesn’t mean we can’t talk about the expected design, specs as well as features of these two handsets, especially now that rumors, leaks and speculations about them are all over the web.
For starters, it is likely that the Google Nexus 2016 phones will be the first to be powered by the new Android 7.0 Nougat. This has happened before with new Android operating systems, even though LG seems to have the upper hand this year following its announcement that there will be a new Android Nougat-powered LG V20 coming up this September 6, 2016, but the official release date is still unknown.
Apparently, the two Google Nexus 2016 phones are being made under the codenames Marlin and Sailfish, where the former is the Nexus 6P successor while the latter will take the place of the Nexus 5X. If the latest rumors are to be believed, the flagship Marlin will come with a metallic unibody design while the Sailfish will combine both metal and plastic. There are even more details coming in via a leaked YouTube video, but this only shows off the design of the Google Nexus 2016 Marlin model.
The leak brings together all the latest leaks and rumors regarding the design of the upcoming Google Nexus phone, coming up with an impressive 3D video that shows off a design that is similar to that of the HTC 10. The new phone is expected to come with a Snapdragon 820 or 821 SoC that is paired with a RAM of at least 4GB, features that are already available on most 2016 smartphone flagships.
There is a 3450mAh battery unit expected on the flagship Google Nexus 2016 phone, a USB Type-C port as well as a 3.5mm headphone port.