First, let me hasten to say that this is a rumor, and it has not been confirmed in any way. Got it? Great!

As reported by AndroidPolice, a supposed “leak” of the 2016 Nexus phones, dubbed Sailfish and Marlin, has been revealed. The website gives it a confidence level of 8/10 while expecting you to take their word for it. AndroidPolice even say:

“We do not at this point have a reliable secondary source for information about the phone’s design. But as I’ve said, we trust our source for this information very highly.”

The image revealed below is not even an actual press render. Someone over at AP just created the image based on “evidence” from their source. So instead of judging it as an actual leak, let’s judge it as a concept image.


It’s interesting to note the lack of a Nexus logo, with a G for Google at the bottom. This is similar to the other rumor that Google plans to make its own branded phone this year. It’s likely that the Google phone wouldn’t fall under the Nexus brand but exist in addition to the brand.

Since it’s almost certain that HTC will be making both phones, you can compare the design of this concept, like the antenna lines, to other HTC phones like the A9.

Similar to the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, the fingerprint reader is in the same position on the back. Also note the matte body of the phone and the enlarged glossy area on the top. This looks worse than the Nexus 6P camera hump. AP speculates that the new Nexus phones will both have aluminum bodies.

Other “leaks” that AP have written about include specs for each model. Such things as 4GB of RAM, 12MP rear camera, 1080p AMOLED screen and up to 128GB of storage have been detailed.

Of course we need to take these with a grain of salt, but it’s worth mentioning that AndroidPolice believe there will only two storage capacities: 32GB and 128GB. This seems even worse than Apple leaving out the 32GB from their iPhone line.

What do you think about this concept image? Let us know your thoughts of this design and of a supposed Google-branded phone in the comments below.


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