Rumor has it HTC and Google are working on a pair of Nexus smartphones codenamed Marlin and Sailfish. The two devices were previously reported to sport nearly identical metal designs with a few hardware differences, but a new report claims they could look a lot less alike than we previously thought.
Nexus Blog reports that the high-end Marlin will feature a metal body similar to the HTC 10, but the cheaper Sailfish could sport some plastic in its design. The mid-range Nexus phone will apparently still feature a metal frame around the edges, but the back could be covered in soft plastic. That could put the device closer to HTC’s entry-level Desire lineup with a price as low as $350.
The Nexus Sailfish is still expected to pack some powerful hardware, including a 5-inch 1080p display, a 12-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, a 2770mAh battery, 4GB of RAM, USB-C and a fingerprint reader. The Marlin allegedly offers a similar spec sheet, but with a beefed up 5.5-inch Quad HD display and a 3450mAh battery.
Offering a choice between metal and plastic could push more customers to grab the higher-end Nexus even if they don’t care as much about specs. It should also keep the Sailfish within budget-friendly territory if you’re looking for a cheaper handset that runs the latest version of Google’s Android OS.