Until 2015, all Google’s devices were called Nexus and the last two ones were built by LG (Nexus 5X) and Huawei (Nexus 6P). This year, there will be two new Nexuses built by HTC, but Google has decided to rebrand them and previous reports have mentioned a smaller smartphone codenamed Sailfish, while the phablet was codenamed Marlin. New reports suggest that Marlin will be actually called the Google Pixel XL, and it already appeared on Geekbench.
The Google Pixel XL will be powered by a Snapdragon quad core processor clocked at 1.9GHz that will be backed by 4 GB of RAM, a combination that has been used for some of the latest high-end smartphones: Samsung’s Galaxy S7/S7 edge, the HTC 10 or the OnePlus 3. First leaks about Pixel XL / Marlin’s specs have been offered by AnTuTu and Geekbench has confirmed them.
According to the system information spotted on Geekbench, Marlin will run on Android NMR1, which is related to the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS that has been released on August 22 and now it’s rolling out to older Nexuses. It’s interesting that this year, Google has unveiled its new operating system much earlier than usual, when it released the first developer preview in March. Actually, the LG V20 will be the first smartphone that will come pre-loaded with Nougat, then Marlin (Pixel XL) and Sailfish (Pixel) will be next.
Sailfish will have a 5.2-inch Full HD display, will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM, it will have a primary camera of 12MP and a secondary camera of 8MP and will be kept alive by a 2,770mAh battery. Also, it’s expected to cost $449, which is $50 less compared to the Nexus 5X.
Marlin will have a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen, a more powerful Snapdragon 821 chip, a 3,450mAh battery charged using the USB Type-C port and the same cameras as its little brother. Its price will be $599, with $100 more than the Nexus 6P.
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