The Google Nexus 6P will no longer be the go-to flagship when it comes to the Nexus lineup of smartphones. This is true because, in the next few weeks, we’ll have a new Google Nexus 2016 smartphone upon us.
According to reports, there are two phones in the making and they go by their codenames Marlin and Sailfish. The former will succeed the 2015 Google Nexus 6P, and based on the rumored leaks and speculations, we have lined up for you a head-to-head comparison to try and bring out the upgrades that are coming with the new Nexus 2016 phone.
Design and display
If rumors and speculations are to be believed, the Nexus 2016 Marlin will have a lot in common with the HTC 10, especially when looking at the two phones’ design language. Of course, this is based on the claim that HTC is behind the production of the two Google Nexus 2016 phones. There are reports that the fingerprint scanner will be placed on the back of the phone, similar to the HTC 10 flagship, while speakers will appear at the bottom end of the handset.
Expect the Google Nexus 2016 Marlin to come without the camera bump you see on the Nexus 6P, but the metallic unibody will reportedly be retained. With this year’s Nexus expected to come with a smaller display screen of 5.5 inches as compared to 5.7 inches used on the 6P, the phone will also carry a smaller form factor when compared to its predecessor. However, both will have a QHD AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. Where the Nexus 6P gets a pixel density of 518ppi, the new Nexus 2016 Marlin will manage 534ppi due to the reduced screen size. This should mean you get even crispier views on the newer handset.
Being a 2015 model, the Nexus 6P has a screen that is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4. But having announced a successor to Glass 4, the new Nexus 2016 will be protected by the latest Gorilla Glass 5, which is an improvement of the former.
Hardware and camera specs
The upcoming Google Nexus 2016 Marlin will pack either a Snapdragon 820 SoC or the newer Snapdragon 821. This will be supported by a RAM of 4GB while the storage options could be carried over from last year’s Nexus 6P, which had 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. There are reports that a 3450mAh battery unit will be on board, which will be recharged via a USB Type-C port, just like the Nexus 6P.
Speaking of the Nexus 6P, this phablet packs a revised Snapdragon 810 SoC that is paired with a RAM of 3GB. As noted earlier, it is available in three storage options of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. The battery capacity is 3450mAh and it is charged via a USB Type-C, with fast charging also available.
In terms of photography, there might be some similar improvements as with the case of the hardware specs. Since HTC is taking care of the Google Nexus 2016 Marlin, expect to see a 12MP snapper on the rear with at least f/1.8 aperture, LED flash and OIS. The front could retain the 8MP used on last year’s version, but it would be a welcome move if the size of the aperture was shifted from f/2.4 to at least f/2.0. The Nexus 6P has a 12.3MP rear camera with an aperture of f/2.0 while the front part has an 8MP snapper with f/2.4 aperture.
As for the software part, the upcoming Google Nexus 2016 Marlin will be powered by Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. However, the older Google Nexus 6P will receive the same Android Nougat update at about the same time or probably earlier, especially now that rumors are pointing towards an August official release date for the OS.
Looking at these rumors, it is easy to say that the upcoming Nexus 2016 Marlin will have more of the same performance power when compared to the Nexus 6P. Other than the slight improvements in RAM, processor model, a new HTC 10-like design and a probably enhanced camera, most of the other aspects remain unchanged.
So, will this make you want to make the shift from your current Nexus 6P to the new Google Nexus 2016 Marlin? Please let us know in the comments section below.