Google has not yet officially outed the specs and release dates of the Nexus 2016 but the Internet already has more than enough rumors and speculations about the upcoming Android smartphones.

The higher-end Nexus 2016 smartphone is dubbed as the Marlin while the smaller and less powerful one is the Sailfish. HTC is expected to make both of the Google Nexus 2016 smartphones which are expected to be the successors of the Huawei Nexus 6P and the LG Nexus 5X from 2015.

One major difference in the physical design is that the Nexus Marlin will have a metal frame while the Sailfish will have a plastic frame.  The former will also have a larger 5.5-inch QHD screen while the latter will only have a 5.2-inch screen with 1080p resolution.

Google’s Nexus 2016 Marlin and Sailfish are expected to be powered by either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or a Snapdragon 821, Phone Arena has learned. Both can also feature 4GB RAM for more powerful multitasking capabilities.

In terms of the camera, both are expected to have the same 13MP rear and 8MP front camera setup. There could be several variants with the internal storage options but the lowest could be 32GB for both the Marlin and the Sailfish.

There was also an AnTuTu benchmark results screenshot that led to the rumors about the Google Nexus Marlin’s specs, Vine Report reported. Unfortunately, there is still no evidence of a release date for both the Nexus 2016 smartphones that will run the Android 7.0 Nougat version.

In fact, LG’s upcoming V20 will be the first smartphone to run the newest Android version. The LG V20 is expected to be launched in September which means that the Google Nexus 2016 Marlin and Sailfish smartphones could be rolled out at a later date or probably even in October.


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