This year, Google will once again bring two Nexus-branded smartphones and it seems that the Nexus 6P will have a successor, as it was spotted in Geekbench’s online score browser. The flagship will be manufactured by HTC, not by Huawei, and will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 chipset, which will support up to 4GB of RAM. This hardware configuration has been used on all new high end smartphones, only that the next gen Nexus 6P will come pre-installed with Android N.
According to rumors, HTC will build both of the Nexus smartphones, and one of them is codenamed M1, while the other is known as S1. The Nexus model that appeared on Geekbench under the title “google Nexus 6P is a direct sequel to 2015’s Huawei-made Nexus 6P, which was powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor backed by 3GB of RAM. The hardware configuration used for the alleged codename “Marlin” spotted on Geekbench includes a Snapdragon 820 processor with 3641MB of RAM and it runs on the upcoming Android N software.
The other smartphone that will be released by Google has the codename Sailfish, but its specs aren’t known for now. Marlin and Sailfish have been chosen by Google in order to line up its typical aquatic theme for Nexus. Saifish’s predecessor, Nexus 5X, was created by LG and it had weaker specs than the Nexus 6P, being sold for $349 (16GB) and $399 (64GB), while the three variants of the flagship cost $499 (32GB), $549 (64GB) and $649 (128GB).
The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P were released in October 2015, alongside Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but it’s believed that Android N will arrive earlier, as the Developer Preview was made available in early March, for a number of Nexus devices and most likely, the final version of the software will ready to roll out sooner. This means that the upcoming Nexus smartphones will also come sooner.
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