Here's our first look at the upcoming Google's Sailfish and Marlin devices

Google's upcoming Nexuses, Sailfish and Marlin, made by HTC first renders leaked.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

/ by Aman Banka

It's no secret that this year's Nexus phones, codenamed Marlin and Saiflish, will be made by HTC. We are already aware of the specifications of both these devices and now, thanks to Android Police sources (referred as AP further), here's our first look at what the upcoming Nexuses will look like. Do note that the image below is not an actual press render, but a recreation based on evidence from a reliable source. Thus, couple of things may not be fully accurate.

While, both the HTC-made Sailfish and Marlin are expected to come with a 5-inch and 5.5-inch display respectively, they will sport similar design language. The exact dimensions and measurements of the phones are yet to be disclosed.

Though AP is rating this leak a confidence level of 8 out of 10, "the final design of the Nexus phones may differ slightly or perhaps even substantially from what you see here in certain respects", notes Android Police.

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Things to note after you see the image are, the new Nexus devices will have curved corners and no more you will find camera hump, like on Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X. Also, the back of the phone will now feature two-tone look, with the upper one made of glass or glossy plastic featuring fingerprint scanner in typical Nexus position along with camera on the top left corner with three holes next to it. We will talk about those holes later in the post.

Rest of the body is made up of aluminum, not polycarbonate. AP reports that Google is considering an "electric blue" version of the Nexuses with white face and blue rear pane, but they doubt if it will ever make it's way to market.

Couple of other things which are notable are that the device barely resembles HTC devices and also all the Nexus devices released so far, keeping that glossy pane aside, as it is similar to the one found on Nexus 6P. There's a "G" logo on the back which may or may not be part of the final design. Also, it remains unclear if the final design will include an HTC logo, like all other Nexus devices did. Does this mean Google is opting out of Nexus branding too?

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Talking about the front of the device, first thing which we notice are the bezels. They are huge like the one found on Nexus 6P. Other things included are front-facing camera with couple of sensors below the single earpiece speaker. The device will also include some antenna bands on the rear bottom and top.

Like Nexus 6P, that big glossy pane on the rear will be serving as a window for NFC and other radios. Last thing to note are those three holes next to the camera, which at this point of time are not less than a mystery. But as per AP, two of them relate to the camera, something like auto-focus and the last one is likely a secondary microphone.

Key things such as the cost, launch date and how will we refer them are still unknown. Nexus festival is around the corner (happens always in September). We will share more details as soon as we hear them. Till then keep guessing what these Nexuses will be called.

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