Google’s Pixel Phones Leak BIG TIME Ahead of Oct. 4 Launch: Specs, Images & Hardware Detailed

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The Pixel Phones are now OFFICIAL. Click here for a FULL rundown of their specs, hardware and pricing

We’re at the point in the year where things are starting to wind down – as Autumnal grey and cloudy skies roll in overhead, the likes of the iPhone 7 and Galaxy Note 7 launch are behind us, along with pretty much every other major launch expected for the year. Between now and Christmas and New Year the only major player MIA is Google’s next-gen set of flagship Android handsets.

“Don’t you mean Nexus phones?” we hear you say. Well, yes, originally we did, but the times they are a changin’, apparently. 

It’s official: Google’s Nexus phones are called Pixel phones and they’re both launching on October 4. The events will take place in San Francisco and London; we’ll be attending the London launch and bringing you all the details as it happens, so stay tuned for that. 

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We’re now only mere hours away from the Google Pixel launch, and a bunch of leaks have occured revealing MUCH about the forthcoming devices. The latest, on October 4 itself, is that US carrier Verizon appears to have leaked not only images and details of the Pixel and Pixel XL in the colours we’ve seen previously, but also what may be an exclusive blue version reserved only for Verizon itself – having said which, a tweet from Evan Blass appears to show there is no Verizon branding on the phone, so it’s all up in the air.

But, we’re not too excited about US exclusives, no, what gets us is the listing talks about something called “Google Magic” as a feature and we have confirmation of either 32GB or 128GB internal storage variants. At this point no-one knows what Google Magic is, and speculation is rife, but the most convincing argument so far is that it’s probably some further integrated voice, search, and Google Now type service that will make your life easier. Whatever it is, we’ll find out in a few hours time! Guesses in the comments section folks!

Canadian network carriers Bell and Telus have prematurely published product pages for the Pixel and Pixel XL complete with full-size, high-resolution product renders of the handsets. Of course the pages have since been taken down, but by then it was too late as it was already all over Reddit and copious amounts of screengrabs had been captured.

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Around about the same time, serial premature leakster case-maker Spigen also listed its Pixel XL cases on Amazon, complete with product renders showing the phones wearing said armour, and in one case even peeling a soft case off to show plenty of stuff underneath.

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And now most recently, UK network/retailer Carphone Warehouse has published its own product pages for the Pixel series, not only featuring images but also plenty of spec detail confirmation.

First up, the Pixel. As expected it packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor clocked at 2.1GHz with 4GB RAM. The phone supports microSD storage up to 256GB but there’s no details on internal storage just yet. The display is a 5in 1080p setup. Meanwhile, for the camera, we’re looking at a 12MP primary and an 8MP secondary. Software is Android 7.1 Nougat and the battery is a 2,770mAh cell. The phone’s dimensions are listed as 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm with a weight of 143g

For the Pixel XL “phablet” it’s a 5.5in display with a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution. Dimensions are 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6mm with a weight of 168g. While the rest of the specs are the same as the Pixel, the battery cell is rated at 3,450mAh.

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Google has now begun advertising its Pixel phones in New York, presumably in a bid to switch people on to the new brand ahead of launch. 9To5Google reports that Google has set up a series of ad displays across NYC (and reportedly in some other places too), the ads fall more into the “teaser” line of things, showing a rectangular phone shaped outline, a lone “G” letter, and the date “Oct 4” as well as the hashtag #madebygoogle. We’d expected the firm to push the Pixel name a bit more so consumers know what to look out for, but at this stage it seems like it just wants to tantalise potential customers into questioning whether or not it is making a device to launch October 4.

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September 30 sees another Pixel render leak, but this time it’s a bit special as it’s a 360-degree video preview showing the phone from nearly every angle. The render comes via @OnLeaks, it’s believed the renders may have been provided to third-party aftermarket case makers to assist in designing Pixel phone cases. The renders also come with a set of dimensions for the Pixel and Pixel XL; 143.8 mm x 65.9 mm x 7.3 mm and  154.7 mm x 75.7 mm x 7.3 mm respectively. Note that both handsets have the same thickness and the 7.3mm measurement is from the thinnest point at the bottom, the phones actually taper from the top, where they measure 8.5mm thick.

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As of September 27, a new set renders of the Google Pixel phone has leaked online, and allegedly it’s an official one too. As well as showing the form factor of the smaller Pixel phone device, the render shows an updated UI for the Android software – the so called Pixel Launcher, which features round buttons and other menu elements. Of course the Pixe XL is expected to look similar, but with a bigger 5.5in display. The render comes via Droid-Life, which also had the following to say:

While the above image is a leaked render, we can independently confirm that this phone is indeed one of the devices Google intends to unveil on October 4, as we have seen similar images. On that note, I can say that the Silver/White variant of the Pixel and Pixel XL is much more intriguing.”

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Another day, another Pixel phone leak. Following on from the above leaked render of the Google Pixel phone we now have a similarly styled render of the larger 5.5in Pixel XL model (implying it is likely and official one – assuming claims of the above image’s official origins are correct) – leaked by none other than Twitter tipster Evan Blass, aka @evleaks.

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“If you put this one and the Pixel image side by side you’d be hard pressed to tell which is which – but that is intentional on Google’s part, we’ve been repeatedly told by insiders and anonymous sources,” reports GSMArena

“These are going to be the search giant’s iPhone competitors, and it looks like they will emulate Apple’s two-size, similar (if not identical) internals strategy,” the report adds.

Additionally, rumours have now surfaced that the Pixel phones, following the likes of Sony, Samsung, and now Apple, will have water resistance or water proofing certification. Android Police reports having heard from an alleged reliable source, who claims the Pixel phones will be IP53 certified. This isn’t as robust a rating as the IP67/IP68 we typically see on phones which can survive being dropped into a body of water up to a certain depth, but it is still water resistance nonetheless. 

The “3” in IP53 means a device will not experience damaging water ingress when upright at an angle not to exceed 60 degrees from vertical while being sprayed by relatively low-pressure (somewhere between 7-20PSI or 50 to 150kPa) water,” reports Android Police. “

This probably means very little to you phrased this way, but IPX3 is essentially saying the device will not experience water ingress (i.e., water won’t get inside) when held at a relatively upward angle in your hand during use in very heavy rain or when lightly splashed. If the device is left flat on a surface, IPX3 does not guarantee it will be protected from water ingress by heavy rain or mist. To put it even more simply: IPX3 means your phone won’t break just because you sent a text in a downpour.”

So in other words, it’s not super water resistant, just good enough for rain, pretty much. It “probably means you shouldn’t let excessive water get near the charging, headphone, or speaker ports of the Pixel phones, but the occasional splash would be fine,” says AP.

Google will reportedly unveil not only two brand new phones with a brand new name, but also an updated version of its awesome Chromecast, with built in support for 4K content and HDTVs.

Android 7.0 Nougat, as of August 23, has been officially released and is currently rolling out to existing Nexus handsets. The Android 7.0 update is rolling out to Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Pixel C and Nexus Player devices, and the eagle-eyed amongst you will notice the Nexus 5 is absent from that list as it’s reached its end-of-life for updates.

Many expected Google to go with its usual device announcement at the Google I/O developer conference, which took place in late May this year with no sight or sound of new hardware.

HTC has a tough act to follow as well. Last year’s Nexus 6P, which was built by Huawei, was one of the best Android phones of 2015 and EASILY the best Nexus phone ever built. It had power, design and a decent camera. Compared to previous releases, the Nexus 6P was a revelation — it was the handset we all dreamed of Google commissioning.

The other big thing is Android itself. During the past 18 months, Google has been working supremely hard on its platform, adding things, refining things and optimising things. The result — Android N — is a platform without equal. Nothing else compares. Not when it comes to choice, functionality and features. Not iOS. Not Windows 10 Mobile. Nothing. Android is the king of the mobile space now and, finally, with good reason too.

According to reports from GizmoChina, the HTC-made Google handsets are currently being tested running Android N, and what’s more they have a full implementation of the previously rumoured pressure-sensitive touch display. There have been multiple reports that Google has incorporated support for pressure-sensitive touch directly into Android N’s code; according to comments from Google devs, this was a feature requested by Android OEMs following Apple’s reveal of its own equivalent tech aboard the iPhone 6s series, what Apple calls “3D Touch”. Several Chinese manufacturers, including Xiaomi and Oppo, have confirmed they will develop pressure-sensitive touch display handsets inside 2016.

It is also worth noting that a few Android phone makers have already implemented proprietary pressure-sensitive touch inside their handsets. Huawei, for instance. However, with Google’s 3D Touch — or whatever it is called when it lands — hardwired inside Android the performance and scalability will be much greater, as Google will be able to open it up to its legion of developers.

Source were picked up via Chinese social network Weibo which say that HTC will make both a 5in and 5.5in Google phone inside 2016. It’s a little odd to see such a minor variation in display size with these two members of the Pixel range. On the one hand it also seems odd that Huawei is not making a return considering how well the Nexus 6P was received, and the fact that Google tends to offer OEMs another go if things do go well (LG, Samsung etc.). That actually highlights another reason why it’s strange for HTC to be front and centre on the Nexus/Pixel project, as the firm made the Nexus 9 tablet that was a bit of a flop. Still, being part of the Nexus project can only be a good thing for HTC has it may help raise its profile just like LG’s push into prominence via the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 5X – HTC certainly needs the help given its poor market performance in the last few years.

HTC Marlin & Sailfish Prices & Images Leaked!

A double whammy of leaky news for you today; a set of official-looking rendered images has appeared online showing the Sailfish from a range of angles, and, at the same time, we’re treated to alleged prices of both the Sailfish and Marlin.

The images come via Weibo and give us a pretty clear look at the unique contrast-panel back design, a selection of colours, and the fact that the display bezel is pretty damn thin. We can also see the recessed, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, punched speaker grilles in the base, and the Type-C USB port.

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And the prices? They come via Nexus Blog’s anonymous sources who claim we’re looking at $449 for the 32GB Sailfish base model. Last year’s Nexus 5X 16GB base model cost $70 less, while the 32GB version was $20 cheaper. Prices aren’t given for higher 64GB or 128GB variants, if they exist.

The Marlin is the big daddy, the premium model, with the 32GB version priced at $599, $100 up from the 32GB Nexus 6P in 2015. Again there are no details about higher storage tiers, although in the case of the Nexus Marlin it is more likely that bigger storage versions with higher prices will be available.

However, they could cost more: “Google will be setting the distribution of the phones, and pricing may be much higher than previously thought. A trusted source tells us that the smaller Pixel phone will start at $649. That means the Pixel XL could be even more,” reports Android Police. 

Nexus Marlin Spotted In AnTuTu

On August 17 AnTuTu took ot its Weibo account to reveal a set of benchmarks showing that someone has run the HTC-made Nexus Marlin, the larger 5.5in variant, through the testing suite. The results from AnTuTu’s benchmarking database, show most of the major specs for the device, reiterating many that we’ve seen leaked previously. The display panel is listed with a QHD 2560×1440 pixel resolution, while the internal hardware confirms a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, Adreno 530 GPU, 4GB RAM, and 32GB of onboard storage. The camera specs show up as a 13MP primary sensor with an 8MP secondary for selfies on the front. Of course the software package is  Android 7.0 Nougat, while the battery cell is shown as an ample 3,450mAh.

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Nexus Sailfish Spotted In Live Photos

A batch of live photo images has leaked showing what appears to be the Google Nexus Sailfish handset, the smaller 5in model in-development with HTC. Coming via Android Police, the images show a device which closely matches previously leaked renders and schematics of the Nexus Sailfish. The device has some similarity to the Nexus 5X, but is also distinct in a few ways, most notably the two-tone black and grey colouration. Note that the images have clearly been haphazardly “cut” from a photo via something like Photoshop, presumably to protect the identity of the leakster, but the result makes the phone look much more angular than it actually is; there are definitely some HTC 10 influences in there too.

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A second image also leaked on Twitter which seems to have been screen-capped from a promotional image or video, with the Twitter tipster saying that the phone has a glass panel and fingerprint scanner on the rear.

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Google Nexus Sailfish Caught In AnTuTu & Geekbench Benchmark Results

The Nexus Sailfish has been spotted in two sets of benchmark results in the AnTuTu and Geekbench databases, giving a run-down of the handset’s specs and features. The results appeared as screenshots uploaded to Chinese social networking site Weibo. The data doesn’t mention the display size, but it is thought the Sailfish will be the 5in variant with a polycarbonate body; the databases do show the screen resolution, however, at 1920 x 1080 pixels it’s a Full HD setup. The other specs do line up with earlier reports, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor clocked at 1.59GHz, Adreno 530 GPU, 4GB RAM,  and 32GB onboard storage. Naturally the phone runs Android Nougat listed as “Android NMR1”, thought to stand for Android Nougat Manufacturer Release 1. Both 13MP primary and 8MP secondary cameras are also listed.

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HTC Nexus Smartphones To Feature Animated Home Button

According to a August 7 report from Android Police, the Google Nexus devices currently in development with HTC will feature an animated Home button purpose built with specific functionality in mind. It’s no surprise that once again the 2016 Nexus handsets will use on-screen Android controls rather than physical keys, but while they will also be running stock Android 7.0 Nougat it appears there will be a few bespoke features designed to allow Google to leverage its suite of applications and services. 

“At this point, it is our basic assumption that the reasoning behind the home button’s rather radically colorful redesign is in order to promote Google Assistant (possibly via Now / On Tap functions), which has been teased by Google in the past using these four little colored dots,” writes Android Police.

“In fact, according to our source, if you turn off Google Now on the device, the four little dots on the home button go away altogether. This is pretty compelling evidence that these dots are inextricably linked to Google Now/Assistant/whatever. To make the dots animate, you just long-press the home button.”

And there’s an accompanying GIF showing how this works in operation. It’s not entirely clear at present how this will work, but it’s thought that Google Assistant will essentially offer a way to drill down into more specific information when searching or using voice commands. It is possible that the colour coded dots will be linked to specific features, for example, the blue dot could be maps, so tapping that could take you to location-based services within the Assistant suite.

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HTC Nexus Sailfish Appears In GFXBench Database

The HTC Nexus Sailfish, the 5in model, has been spotted in the GFXBench database; the handset has been seen in benchmarks before, but GFXBench tends to go into the specs in a lot more detail.

The spec list appears to confirm a 5in 1080p touch display, a 2.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU, Adreno 530GPU, 4GB RAM, 12MP and 8MP cameras, and 32GB of onboard storage.

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HTC Nexus App Launcher Leaks

We’d heard before that the app launcher for Nexus phones running Android Nougat might be getting a re-design, but now there’s more evidence for it emerging via often reliable source Android Police. The site says the info comes from its own “reliable” sources, of which there are several, with a 9/10 confidence level, although the report does give the caveat that Google does have a habit of extensively developing new features and then dropping them at the last minute. AP presents a selection of animated gifs showcasing the new features of the launcher, although what’s not clear is whether we’re looking at genuine screen capture of the software or something that AP does quite reguarly (though usually gives a heads-up when it does) and that’s having mock-ups made up based on what it has seen or heard from sources. Anyway, the info shown does seem rather compelling – the most significant change is the removal of the app drawer icon; instead it is now accessed with a swipe gesture.

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The drawer itself remains, but it now hides under a “frosted glass” section along the static set of icons on the bottom of the homescreen, which have been increased in capacity to five as a result. To access the app drawer, you have two options. First, you can slide up anywhere in the “frosted” zone, including on the small arrow above the zone. Alternatively, you can just tap the arrow itself, which will instantly reveal the drawer. To close the drawer, you can swipe down from anywhere (except the notification and nav bars) or hit the back button.”

From our perspective this is a pretty big change, and we think perhaps one of the more likely candidates for Google to pull the plug on last minute.

On the homescreen the Google search bar is gone in favour of a Calendar widget, which apparently cannot be removed or moved – both changes seem pretty weird if you ask us. There’s also a “G” pull tab, but this activates search if tapped, pulling it actually doesn’t function right now, but reportedly the launcher showcased here is not a final build, so again this is subject to change.

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We suspect the behavior and animations around the “G” button may change substantially when using a newer version of the Search APK in tandem with the Nexus launcher, but our sources were unable to provide a demonstration of this. It is our belief that more of the Google “Assistant” functionality will be built into this launcher,” said AP, “we expect Assistant to play a key role in this launcher when it arrives on the new Nexus phones later this year.”

Interesting stuff! Seems as well as all the major feature changes in Android Nougat the Nexus Sailfish and Marlin will be debuting some entirely new and unique Nexus UI and control features too.

HTC Nexus Marlin & Sailfish Design Differences Detailed

According to the latest reports on August 1, multiple sources claim that there will be a difference in design and build materials for the HTC Nexus Marlin and the HTC Nexus Sailfish. It appears to be a somewhat similar story to the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P launch, in so far as the larger, higher-spec model (Nexus 6P before, Nexus Marlin now) will be made from metal, while the smaller edition will be made from the familiar Nexus soft-touch plastic, although it will have a part metal build. The word comes via both Nexusblog and BGR independently, with the former saying its info was “solid” and originating from inside HTC’s manufacturing division. It’s also said the HTC Nexus Marlin’s 5.5in frame will have a similar quality of build and metal material to the HTC 10. It’s thought the material choices relate to the manufacturing cost, and therefore the end prices of each phone for the consumer, however, while the Sailfish is expected to be cheaper, the reports say it will still cost over $350 for its plastic build.

HTC Nexus Marlin Render Rocks Up

A render, which looks pretty damn official as they come, has popped up online on July 28, showing the larger 5.5in Marlin handset looking rather sexy. However, while the rendering style does have that official-looking aesthetic, we should mention that it is not, at all. This is another mock-up created to order and based on details leaked by people who’ve allegedly seen the device first-hand. Interestingly the phone sort of looks like an upscaled lovechild of the HTC 10 and existing Nexus phones; perhaps that’s not so surprising really, but we do tend to think of Google asking its OEM Nexus partners to stick to the Nexus aesthetic more than introducing their own flair. The source report for this image says that it is supposedly “pretty accurate”. It looks really neat with the front panel glass tucked into the edges – as you can see there’s a fingerprint scanner on the rear and no physical keys on the front; them’s on-screen Android controls!

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HTC Nexus Sailfish/S1 File Reveals Spec Details

A leaked file from the in-development Nexus Sailfish, aka HTC S1, specifically a build.prop file, has appeared online via reputable leakster @evleaks (Evan Blass). The file appears to confirm some previously rumoured spec details, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor as suggested by the mention of ARM64-V8a and msm8996 in the file. It also lists an LCD display density value of 420 which implies a 5.2in 1080p setup, making the spec lower than the Marlin’s QHD arrangement. A fingerprint scanner is already rumoured but the file appears to confirm this by mentioning fingerprint and thumbprint code strings.

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HTC Nexus Marlin Live Image

The first alleged live image of the Marlin has appeared online. As is often the case with initial picture leaks, this isn’t the most impressive photo you’ll see of a smartphone being poorly lit, heavily cropped, and with the device (presumably a test prototype unit) clad in a frumpy looking protective case to shield prying eyes from its true form! Still, all that aside, it is the first solid and physical evidence we’ve seen that the Marlin is indeed alive and well and being prepped for launch, however, the only real evidence that this the Marlin is the written details on About Phone screen shown (which could, feasibly, be faked). We can clearly see the “model number” listed as “marlin” while the software is Android N and the July 5 security patch build at that.

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HTC Nexus Sailfish & Marlin Design Video Showcase

In the section below, we detailed how Android Police had created a set of 3D renders of the Sailfish and Marlin designs based on what is alleged to be accurate insider knowledge. But today, July 19, Youtube channel Techconfigurations has made its own rendering based on the Android Police stills, however, this new render has been animated into a detailed showcase video demonstrating both handsets in a full 360-degree sweeping camera coming in from every angle and exploring every facet of the hardware. There’s no real difference in design from the still renders at all, as they’re both based on the same information, but seeing these up-close, moving 3D images does give a much better idea of what the phone might be like in real life when it is launched.

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HTC Nexus Sailfish & Marlin Design Revealed!

Exciting news, Android Police has published a report containing mock-up renders based on details provided by an insider source. The images look official, but are not, however, they are allegedly an accurate depiction of what the final products will look like. Unsurprisingly the two phones will share a similar design language and are simply sized differently for the 5in and 5.5in display panels. AP gives the leaked information used to create the mock-ups an 8 out of 10 confidence rating; the publication clearly has some kind of direct line into Google or HTC as it has revealed a great deal of exclusive information in recent weeks, much of which appears to have been proven accurate by corroborating reports and sources.

AP did, however, also give a list of things to bear in mind regarding the images:

  • At this point, we are uncertain if the software home button will be solid white or solid white with the previously-leaked 4-color “flower” design. In this case, we opted for faithfulness to the source’s information which indicated solid white, though we know that information to be older than that given to us in regard to the “flower” home button.
  • The “G” logo on the back of the device may or may not be part of the final design.
  • It remains unclear to us if the final design will include an HTC logo, but we are inclined to believe the answer is no.
  • We lack exact dimensions and measurements for the phones, and so some edges and curves may appear visibly different in the final retail press renders.”

As you can see from the image, details include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, a flush-fitting camera port, curved edges on the rear panel, and allegedly, according to AP’s details, an aluminium build (which may or may not feature plastic components). Apparently the standard colour options will be a silver metal finish with a white front, but it’s believed a black variant as below will be available, as well as a less certain white front/”electric blue” rear combination.

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And if you’d like to see what an actual 3D render of the Nexus 2016 phones, based on current rumours, will look like, well, you’re in luck — Tech Configurations have done just that. And the result, as you will see below, is pretty darn impressive. The phones look IMMENSE, way better than last year’s model. Let’s just hope this is a sneak peak at what Google has in store for us come Q3/Q4!  

HTC Nexus Marlin Hits Geekbench

With leaks and rumours of the HTC Nexus 2016 line-up now snowballing it was only a matter of time before test units started popping up on benchmarking suite databases, and that’s exactly what has occured now in a set of Geekbench results emerging on July 2. The results are clearly labelled as the Google Marlin and run a similar set of specs to earlier leaks, including Android N (Nougat), 4GB of RAM, and a quad-core 1.6GHz processor just like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 it is purported to have.

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Specs For Nexus 2016 M1 “Marlin” Leak Online

Following on from the below Sailfish leak, the same Android Police sources, and simultaeously sources on Weibo, have leaked a detailed set of specs for the larger phablet handset, the 5.5in “Marlin”, also known as the M1. The report says that the site’s confidence level is 9 out of 10 for this new spec sheet, and adds that it retroactively upgrades the Sailfish leak to a 9 out of 10 confidence level due to corroborating evidence.

Here are the specs from Android Police:

  • Manufactured by HTC
  • Quad-core Qualcomm processor
  • 5.5″ QHD (2560×1440) AMOLED display
  • USB-C port
  • 12MP rear camera, 8MP front
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • 4GB RAM
  • 3450mAh battery
  • Bottom-firing speakers
  • 32/128GB of storage
  • Bluetooth 4.2

To clarify, yes that’s a Type-C USB port, and the processor, according to the Webio leak, will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 with an Adreno 530 GPU. All the other details match up perfectly. Android Police also added that it believes this leaks details of an AMOLED display likely suggest the Sailfish (below) will also use AMOLED. 

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 Processor Now Official

“Building on the technology leadership introduced with the Snapdragon 820 platform,” said Qualcomm, “the 821 is engineered to deliver faster speed, improved power savings, and greater application performance, ensuring 821 powered devices keep pace with the growing performance demands of users to deliver the unmatched user experiences the Snapdragon 800 tier is known for.

“The Snapdragon 821 is engineered to deliver a 10% performance increase over the 820 with the Qualcomm Kryo quad-core CPU, reaching speeds up to 2.4GHz. Why would you introduce something to replace what many consider the best mobile processor available today? Simple, we’re not. Rather than replace the Snapdragon 820, the 821 is designed to complement and extend the competitive strengths of our Snapdragon 800 lineup.”

This specs have been been noted again by a seperate source, adding weight to the Weibio leak. 

“The Marlin will be a powerhouse,” notes Android and Me. “The report states that the Marlin will boast a Qualcomm quad-core processor under the hood and a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display. On the back there’s a 12-megapixel camera, while the front-facing camera is an 8-megapixel shooter. Other specs include a USB Type-C port, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, 4GB of RAM, a 3450mAh battery, and bottom-firing speakers. The Marlin will also apparently come in 32GB or 128GB variants and feature Bluetooth 4.2.”

Specs For Nexus 2016 Phone “Sailfish” Leak Online — This Is The Nexus 5X Successor

This is apparently it — the full spec list for one of Google’s upcoming Nexus phones, currently referred to as Sailfish. The news comes via Android Police and the blog says the source is legit, though it did not name who it was — but this is understandable, as it is likely in insider at either Google or HTC.

The Sailfish phone looks to be the more of a mid-range affair, meaning the Marlin will be the high spec phone. Essentially, this phone looks as if it will be replacing last year’s Nexus 5X.

“Here is what we know about one of two Nexus phones,” said the blog, “codenamed Sailfish.”

  • Manufactured by HTC
  • 5″ 1080p display (~440PPI)
  • Quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor (model unknown)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 2770mAh battery
  • 32GB storage (unknown if multiple models will be available, or even if this is the base storage level)
  • 12MP rear camera, 8MP front
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • USB-C port (bottom)
  • Bottom-firing speaker or speakers (unknown if dual)
  • Top-mounted headphone jack
  • Bluetooth 4.2

Nexus 2016 Phones To Feature Snapdragon 821 CPU

This year’s Nexus phones, which are apparently codenamed Marlin and Sailfish, will use a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU, according to a report from Focus Taiwan. HTC is the firm tasked with building the handsets and both will be based on the HTC 10’s industrial design — though there will likely be some changes.

If these rumours pan out it will mean the Nexus 2016 phones will be more powerful than nearly all current flagships on market, as all current models use the Snapdragon 820. Furthermore, it is believed the Galaxy Note 7 will also use the Snapdragon 821 CPU. Details about the new chipset are pretty thin on the ground at present, but sources claim the KRYO processors inside will be clocked at a higher speed — 2.3GHz vs 2.15GHz.

“This is a slight improvement and you will be able to notice these improvements in benchmarking tests. However, when conducting real-world operations, we highly doubt that you will see that much of a difference when pitting both SoCs together. Perhaps this is the reason why manufacturers tend to decrease the clock speed of Snapdragon 820’s CPU; they know that decreasing that speed will have a minute difference in performance and users will also be able to rake more battery life out of their handset, making it a win-win situation at both ends,” reports WCCFT Tech

Huawei Now Linked To Nexus 2016 Phones As Well

There’s been a ton of rumours doing the rounds which have all pointed to HTC handling Google’s Nexus line-up for 2016, and many of these rumours even indicate a three-year deal which will see Google and HTC in cahoots on the project going forward. There’s been so much talk about HTC, and not much about other Nexus partners such as LG, Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei that all thoughts of a non-HTC Nexus seem to have fallen by the wayside.

Until now.

What this means for the current rumours about HTC making 2016’s Nexus phones is anyone’s guess; could there be three models? Is Huawei a last minute change? Did HTC pull out? All of these are viable scenarios and it will not be clear what’s happening exactly until Google confirms so at the handset’s launch, which, in case you didn’t know, is usually a very quiet affair featuring a press release and an updated Google Play.

I’ve been using the Nexus 6P since it came out as my daily driver. The Nexus 6P is fantastic, easily my favourite Android phone of 2015. It has stood the test of time well, still performs like a monster, and, importantly, it still looks great. The Nexus 6P was a watershed moment for Google’s Nexus lineup, just as the Nexus 4 was all those years ago, and with this in mind it’s no wonder that Google wants the Chinese phone maker back in the fold.

Huawei previously built the Nexus 6P, and as of June 2 the firm launched its Huawei P9 handset in South Africa – according to a report from Gearburn one of the firm’s executives spoke out at the event with regard to Nexus 2016 projects. Charlene Munilall, Huawei’s general manager of its phone business in South Africa, was asked why Nexus handsets had not been made available in the country, but point blank she said “we’re dong the Nexus again this year, by the way.” Can’t get much clearer than that!

The revelation also fits in with comments made by other Huawei execs following the announcement of Google’s Daydream VR project; none other than Huawei Director Richard Yu confirmed that the company plans to launch a Daydream compatible handset in Autumn, during an interview with the Wall Street Journal.  While this could be alluding to a non-Nexus Huawei device that is specced for Daydream, it seems reasonable to suppose that whatever Nexus devices Google launches going forward, whether Huawei, HTC or otherwise, will be Daydream compatible. Yu also stated that Huawei’s team-up with Leica for camera tech was a long-term partnership for at least five years, but although that means we can expect to see more Leica camera-equipped Huawei devices we wouldn’t go banking on the next Huawei Nexus to pack such a dual-camera setup.

What could Huawei’s 2016 Nexus handset be like? Well given the way Google has operated with repeat partnerships with LG the safe money is on it being another Nexus 6P revamp with better specs rather than anything drastic. Naturally we’ll be keeping an eye out for more info as it emerges, but by all means leave us your Nexus 6P 2016 (or whatever you think it should be called!) wishlist in the comments below!

HTC Partnered On Google Nexus Program For Next Three Years?

HTC may actually be working on more than two device for Google’s Nexus project, just not in the immediate future – the rumours say we’re looking at a couple of Nexus phones in 2016 and possible a tablet, some, or possibly all of which may be made by HTC. BUT, allegedly HTC may be making more devices in subsequent years, as it’s claimed the firm has partnered with Google for a three-year deal to make Nexus hardware.

The info is contradictory to earlier reports which indicated Google was effectively wrapping up the Nexus project as an external partnership program and bringing everything in house – Apple style. But it seems this is perhaps not the case, and instead we’ll see continued deals between Google and OEMs over Nexus development and manufacturing.

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