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HTC Nexus “Marlin” specs revealed in huge leak

by Brandon Russell | June 30, 2016June 30, 2016 11:45 am PDT

We already know pretty much everything about the HTC-built “Sailfish,” an upcoming Nexus phone set for release later this year. Now, Android Police is back with specs for the “Marlin,” rumored to be the more high-end of the two.

Let’s jump right into the specs:

  • Quad-core Qualcomm processor
  • 5.5-inch QHD (2560×1440) AMOLED display
  • USB-C port
  • 12-megapixel rear camera; 8-megapixel front
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 3450mAh battery
  • Bottom-firing speakers
  • 32GB/128GB of internal storage
  • Bluetooth 4.2

That’s about what you’d expect from a new flagship device; Android Police doesn’t name a specific Qualcomm processor set to be included inside of the phone, but I’d expect it to be a Snapdragon 820 or 821 chip. Otherwise, the device sounds it’s going to be a great option later this fall.

If the specs turn out to be true, both the “Sailfish” and “Marlin” will be fairly identical, the only differences being the screen size and battery capacity. That’s a good move on Google’s party because it means people who go for the smaller device won’t get an inferior experience. Too often we’ve seen companies get away with cramming old specs inside of small devices. Just because a device is small doesn’t mean it has to be bad.

As a refresher, the “Sailfish” will reportedly have a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 2770mAh battery, 32/128GB of storage, 12-megapixel rear camera, USB-C, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

We still don’t know what these devices will look like or if they’ll have any other major features. Android Police says they’ll share the same design language, which means we can expect something along the lines of an iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus—two devices that look similar save for their sizes.

Based on the specs alone they sound like they’re going to be another feather in Google’s Nexus cap. Just so long as these devices remain affordable, they may wind up being some of the best of 2016.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...