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HTC Nexus Sailfish leak reveals 1080p display, Qualcomm CPU

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Specifications for “Sailfish,” a new Nexus smartphone being built by HTC, have leaked out again ahead of the handset’s official debut. Thanks to a build.prop file, we know the device will have a 1080p display and one of Qualcomm’s latest processors.

We saw a list of leaked specifications for Sailfish back in June, so we were already expecting a 1080p display that’s likely to measure in at 5 inches, and a 64-bit Qualcomm processor clocked at 2GHz.

Now, thanks to a new leak from the ever-reliable Evan Blass (@evleaks), we know that processor will be an MSM8996. This is the model number currently assigned to the Snapdragon 820 chip, but it could also apply to the upcoming Snapdragon 821.

Qualcomm chips have shared identical model numbers in the past. For instance, the company used the MSM8997 model number for both the Snapdragon 800 and the Snapdragon 801 in 2013 and 2014.

There’s not much else to take away from this build.prop file — other than mentions of a fingerprint scanner — but Blass has a full ROM dump from an early Sailfish handset, so we will undoubtedly be finding out a whole lot more about it soon.

It’s thought Sailfish will make its official debut this fall when Google refreshes its Nexus lineup. The device will presumably be a successor to the Nexus 5X after LG confirmed it will not be working with Google on anymore Nexus devices.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...