Google’s upcoming Nexus phones have been the centre of rumor mills for some time now, and finally there’s some conclusive leak that reveals the make and the specs of the upcoming Nexus devices.

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As per a new report, the Taiwanese firm HTC which has been facing a sluggish run off late will be making the two Nexus devices this year. This is in contrary to last year where LG and Huawei made the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P respectively in collaboration with the Mountain View based company. That aside, the report reveals most of the specifications of the two highly anticipated smartphones.

Talking of specs, the HTC made Nexus smartphones are expected to differ only in terms of display size and battery while keeping rest of the specifications same. Incidentally this makes us believe that we are possibly in for an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus like offering with the Nexus devices this time around. Well, just like any pre-production smartphone the two Nexus devices from HTC are codenamed the Sailfish (smaller) and Marlin (bigger) respectively.

As for the HTC Nexus Marlin, the specs sheet kind of goes like this – 5.5 inch QHD (2560x1440p) AMOLED display, Qualcomm quad core Snapdragon chip, 4GB RAM, 12MP rear, 8MP front camera, 3450mah battery and set of bottom firing speakers. Incidentally the exact processor powering the smartphones is not known yet, however it is expected to be among Snapdragon 820,821 and 823. That aside, the HTC Nexus Marlin will reportedly come in two storage variants – 32GB and 128GB only. As of now it seems Google will ditch the 64GB variant this time around.

On the other hand, HTC Nexus Sailfish is reported to come with a smaller 5 inch Full HD AMOLED display with a 2770mAh battery under the hood. In an unlikely event, the report reveals that both the HTC Nexus devices come with a near identical built thereby making them appear like siblings of each other. So just in case the rumours turn out to be true, it would be interesting to see how HTC price their devices apart. There’s not much ground to play around with as a few changes in the display and the battery life doesn’t result in a lot of differences when it comes to the bill of materials.


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