[Update] Specifications of HTC-built Nexus phone codenamed "Marlin" leaked

Marlin HTC-built Nexus phone specification leaked. Will succeed Nexus 6P.

Friday, July 1, 2016

/ by Aman Banka

Update: The upcoming marlin has now been spotted on Geekbench benchmark website. The listing confirms that the device will run on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and will have 4GB RAM for multi-masking operations. 

Original Story: A week back specifications of the upcoming HTC-built Nexus smartphone codenamed "sailfish" was leaked online by Android Police (referred as AP further). Now, the firm has leaked specifications of another HTC-built Nexus device codenamed "marlin." HTC is reported to be the new Nexus manufacturer and the company is said to build two Nexus smartphones in 2016.

As Sailfish will be the successor to the Nexus 5X, we can assume that Marlin will succeed Nexus 6P. AP is pretty sure about the specs leaked of Marlin, as they are rating this leak a 9 out of 10.

According to AP report, Marlin will be equipped with a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440p resolution powered by Quad-core Qualcomm processor paired with 4GB of RAM, 12MP rear camera, 8MP front facing camera and 3,450mAh battery.

The device will feature rear-mounted fingerprint scanner with USB Type-C port and speaker or speakers (unknown if dual) at bottom. For connectivity it will support Bluetooth 4.2.

When it comes to storage, Marlin will be available only in two storage models - 32GB and 128GB, with no 64GB in between them. If AP is to be believed, the same storage configuration applies for Sailfish. Also, like Marlin, Sailfish will be equipped with AMOLED display, but at Full HD (1080p) resolution.

There is no word on which version of Qualcomm Snapdragon the CPU is configured to — Snapdragon 820, or the yet to be released Snapdragon 821 or 823.

Read More: Specs of upcoming HTC Nexus device leaked, codenamed “Sailfish”

With the only real difference in size and resolution of display and battery capacity, Sailfish and Marlin will likely have the same CPU, RAM and cameras. This aligns more with something similar to what Apple has been doing with its duo iPhone and iPhone Plus, or Sony with its Z and Z Compact series.

AP notes that both upcoming devices will share identical design language, with the only physical differences being those necessitated by proportion. Which again is lot like Apple or Sony strategy.

The report does not reveal anything about pricing, release date or storage/RAM configurations. Also, it is still unknown what the device will be called and whether or not it will feature HTC branding.

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