Everyone, particularly Nexus fans, is excitedly looking forward to the release of the Google Nexus 2016. Unfortunately, Google has been secretive about its new phones, so no one really has an idea about what to expect.
Luckily, renowned leakster Evan Blass has given us an idea about Google’s newest phones. According to Blass, the Nexus 2016 will be available in two variants, which are codenamed M1 and S1. They will be produced by Taiwanese tech manufacturer HTC and will be built on Android N, which will be the successor of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is in beta testing as of this writing.
Android Police points out that “M1” and “S1” may stand for Marlin and Sailfish, respectively, which is possible considered that Google is fond of naming its Nexus devices from marine animals. (The Nexus 6, for example, is nicknamed Shamu, while the Nexus 6P is also known as Angler.) However, this is only a guest and must be taken with a grain of salt.
As mentioned above, Google has not released any statement as to when the Nexus 2016 would be released. However, there are some indications that this would happen soon, one of which is that the Nexus 5 is now sold at a discounted price. Traditionally, when an older model experiences a price cut, it usually indicates that the latest model would be released soon. If this holds true, then the sudden price cut of the Nexus 5 may be a sign that Google’s newest phones would be released in the coming weeks or months.
Many people think that the Nexus M1 and S1 may be released or at least officially announced before, during, or after Google I/O 2016, which will start next week on May 18. But it’s important to note that Google is also scheduled to release a 7-inch tablet called the Nexus 7 2016 (which reportedly is manufactured by Huawei). So, either the Nexus 7 2016 or the Nexus M1 and S1 would be announced within the coming weeks.
When it comes to features, it seems that the Nexus M1 and S1 won’t be too far behind other high-end smartphones. They’re rumored to have the 3D Touch technology, provide support for Nexus VR, and come with wireless charging. They’re also expected to have a metal unibody design, a microSD card slot, and a 12MP rear camera.
What are your thoughts about the Nexus M1 and S1? Are you excited to see what Google has installed in its new phones, or do you think they’re not worth the wait?