Google, along with its hardware comrade – HTC is all set to reveal their new Nexus/Pixel branded smartphones possibly next month. While we do already know quite a bit about them, a clear glance into what materials and design HTC is going to opt for was uncertain. Today, however, thanks to the good folks at Android Authority and Twitter personality – Onleaks, a new rendered video revealing the smaller of the two – “Sailfish” has been posted.

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The video confirms previous images and rumors which pointed at a sleek unibody metal design and a tentative dark “glass” portion on the back. The device resembles the Nexus 6P from the front and sports antenna lines at the usual location. Furthermore, the source mentions that the handset measures about 143.8 mm x 69.5 mm x 7.3 mm considering its thinnest point i.e. the bottom and 8.5 mm thick at the top making it roughly the same size as the Nexus 5. Fortunately, there will be a regular headphone port situated on the top/left edge of the frame which puts an end to previous rumors stating Google ditching the jack following the footsteps of LeEco’s and now, Apple’s. If true, the rendered video also reaffirms bottom-firing dual speakers. Although, I was rooting for a front placement.

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In terms of specifications, “Sailfish” will feature a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED panel, a 64-bit Quad-Core processor clocked at 2.0Ghz – could be Snapdragon 820 or 821, 4GB of RAM, 2770 mAh battery, 32GB internal storage, 12MP rear and 8MP front facing shooter, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a USB Type-C. The beefier handset codenamed “Marlin” will be sporting a bigger screen, larger battery and more. More details for the same can be found here. A recent report suggested that Google is dropping the Nexus name in favor of a streamlined lineup under their “Pixel” brand. Both the phones – Pixel and Pixel XL are expected to be launched on the fourth of next month. Stay tuned for more updates on this.


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Shubham is based out of Ahmedabad, India and is studying to be a Computer Engineer, while specializing in mobile applications. He loves covering what's new in the smartphone space and aims to make it his primary profession some day.