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New Nexus Marlin render reveals an unexpected design

by Jacob Kleinman | July 28, 2016July 28, 2016 6:30 am PST

Google’s new Nexus lineup is still a pretty big mystery (despite some significant leaks in the past month or so). It turns out even the device’s design may be up for debate, with a new render contradicting earlier reports.

The latest render comes from TechDroider, which previously leaked an alleged close-up photo of the new Nexus “Marlin” phone. This isn’t an official image, though. It was created by the site based on leaked information, but it’s “pretty accurate” according to an anonymous insider.

The new image ditches that bizarre two-tone design featured in an earlier render from Android Police. Instead, the device now appears to feature a unibody aluminum frame. The HTC and Nexus logos are also visible in back, replacing the simple “G” we saw in earlier renders.

We wouldn’t put too much faith in this new image of the Nexus Marlin, at least not for now. Still, it does cast some doubt on earlier reports, suggesting we may know even less about the new stock Android smartphone than we previously thought.

Based on earlier reports, Nexus Marlin is expected to pack a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a 3450mAh battery, a 12-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter, 4GB of RAM, USB-C and Android Nougat software. HTC and Google are also allegedly working on a smaller “Sailfish” model with an identical design and similar specs, except for a 5-inch 1080p display and a 2770mAh battery.

Both devices are likely to debut later this year, probably not too long after Android Nougat officially launches. This new Nexus lineup is shaping up to be one of Google’s best, though there’s still a lot we don’t know about the upcoming handsets.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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