Google Nexus 2016 phones should be here this new month of September, but the search engine giant has not come out with specific details regarding the launch and release dates of the phones.
It has been confirmed that HTC is behind the making of the Google Nexus 2016 Marlin and Sailfish – two phones that will succeed last year’s Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, respectively. Huawei made itself a title when it became the first ever Chinese manufacturer to partner with Google with respect to the Nexus lineup, and surprisingly, it did not disappoint. LG took charge of the mid-range Nexus 5X, but this time, HTC takes care of everything.
Speaking of HTC, there are new reports coming from sources within the Taiwanese company and apparently, some Nexus 2016 fans will not be happy at all. Through the Nexus Blog, the report claims that the smaller Nexus Sailfish will be priced at $449 for the base model whereas the larger Nexus Marlin will command a price tag of $599 for the base model as well. When compared to the launch prices of last year’s Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, which stood at $499 and $379 for the base models, respectively, there is a slight price increase.
Many were happy that Google is working on beefing up the Nexus 2016 phones with the same hardware specs that will mean the two achieve the same performance levels. With this in mind, the price difference should come as a low for those who were looking to get a refreshed Nexus 5 2016. Still, there will be some upgrades for the Nexus 2016 Sailfish model, which will come with a base model of 32GB instead of 16GB like before. The Nexus 5X also came in with a 32GB model priced at $429, meaning this year’s model will still be pricier.
The Google Nexus 2016 phones are also expected to come with more than one storage option, probably 64GB and 128GB. As usual, expect any memory upgrades to come along with price increments.
As for the rest of the specs, expect a 5.5-inch AMOLED display screen with QHD resolution and a 5-inch Full HD screen with 1080p resolution on the Marlin and Sailfish, respectively. Under the hood, the two will reportedly pack the same Snapdragon 820 SoC and 4GB RAM. Alternatively, the flagship Marlin could see the newer Snapdragon 821 SoC tag along. The cameras will also be the same, with a 13MP rear snapper and 8MP selfie camera.
Full details about the Google Nexus 2016 phones should be out very soon, probably in a few weeks’ time when the phones are officially launched.