This fall, Google will bring two new Nexus smartphones which will be built by HTC. The smaller one is codenamed Nexus Sailfish or Nexus S1, while the phablet is codenamed Nexus Marlin or Nexus M1. It seems that they will share the same specs, but they will have different dimensions and a design language that’s strikingly similar to that of the HTC 10.
After images and specs of the Sailfish have leaked online a few days ago, now Marlin has made its appearance and in the leaked image, the device seems to have a fingerprint sensor on its back, while the HTC 10 has its fingerprint scanner embedded into its home button. Also, the HTC 10 has a laser autofocus and Marlin has also a hole beside its rear camera, which suggests that it will feature a laser auto-focus system.
The final product may not look like in the leaked image, but according to reports, mock-ups of upcoming smartphones are 90 percent accurate, so there are 10 percent chances to see small changes in the final product.
Regarding the specs of the two upcoming flagships, HTC could equip them with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or 821 chipsets, which will be paired with 4GB or 6GB of RAM. The smaller Sailfish will have a 5.2-inch Full HD screen, while the Marlin will sport a larger 5.5-inch QHD resolution. We don’t have any information about their cameras or batteries, but it’s clearly that they will have aluminum bodies.
The previous Nexus devices were built by LG (Nexus 5X with a 5.2-inch Full HD screen) and Huawei (Nexus 6P with a 5.7-inch QHD screen). However, the smaller Nexus had weaker specs and a plastic design, while the phablet had a premium metal design and it was powered by the latest Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor that was available at that time.
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