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Could this be our first real look at the 2016 Nexus “Sailfish”?


Google‘s 2016 Nexus smartphones are definitely devices that Android purists are looking forward to. Rumour has it that there will be two devices, codenamed Sailfish and Marlin, that will vary in size but have fairly identical specifications otherwise. Now, Android Police has revealed what looks to be actual images of the smaller Nexus Sailfish smartphone!


These images do look a little like magazine cutouts pasted on a white piece of paper, but we suspect that that’s to protect the identity of whoever leaked it. Either way, these images do give us a pretty solid look at the upcoming Nexus device from HTC.

From the looks of things, the device will be mostly constructed out of metal (and HTC metal smartphones are a great thing) with the exception of a large glass panel that takes up the top 1/3 of the smartphone. In the glass panel sits the camera module, a particularly enormous flash and a fingerprint sensor.  There is also no camera bump, which is pretty nice.

Around the front we don’t see many features besides a large chin, and to the sides you’ll find that the power and volume rockers are on the right side of the smartphone.

This is, of course, purported to be the smaller Nexus Sailfish smartphone which allegedly comes with a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, a 2.0GHz quad-core processor (brand unknown, though Android Police suspects it’s the same as the one on the Marlin), 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 2,770 mAh battery and a 12MP/8MP camera combo.

The specifications are broadly similar to those on the larger 5.5-inch Nexus Marlin with the only difference being that the Marlin has a Quad HD AMOLED panel, a larger 3,450 mAh battery and potentially 128GB of onboard storage.

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Design-wise, Android Police believes that they will be identical and be using the same materials across the board, so no “plastic Nexus” this time around. They’ve also said that these new devices will not have the Nexus branding on the back, and will instead feature a G. These new Nexus devices have also been purported to run on the new Nexus launcher which we took a quick look at earlier.