There has been much speculation about HTC manufacturing the next Nexus device or devices for Google, with no definite details regarding the appearance of the handset(s). But a recent leaked image that surfaced online should give Android or HTC fans a glimpse of what is to come. The photo was published just this week by tech blog Android Police.
As reported by Android Police, the device will sport an aluminum body instead of the polycarbonate frame used in the Nexus 5X (manufactured by LG). The handset is also rumored to come with a slight curve around the edges, but not like the curved display screen of one of Samsung’s current flagship device, the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Many are speculating that HTC will be making a couple of Nexus smartphone that feature mostly similar specifications. The only difference between the two is the size of their display screens. The smaller device has been code named Sailfish, and is rumored to be equipped with a 5 inch Full HD display screen, with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels. Its bigger sibling is code named Marlin and is said to have a 5.5 inch Quad HD AMOLED display screen, with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels.
Other rumored specifications include a 12 megapixel camera on the rear side, an 8 megapixel camera on the front side, a four core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip set, 4 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), 32 gigabytes of onboard memory, a USB C port, and a fingerprint reader fitted on the rear side. A few days ago, Google has officially announced that the latest upcoming version of its Android mobile operating system will be named Android Nougat, and the Nexus devices that HTC is said to be building will be the first smartphones in the planet to be powered by Android Nougat.
Rumors of HTC building the latest generation of Google’s Nexus devices surfaced in the interwebs as early as April this year. The talk is that the Taiwanese phone maker had inked a three year deal with Google in order to manufacture new Nexus handsets slated for release possibly later in 2016 or next year.
HTC would be joining a distinguished club of mobile manufacturer partners for Google. In releasing past Nexus devices, the tech giant had previously collaborated with Motorola, LG, and Huawei. The most recent Nexus devices were Huawei’s Nexus 6P and LG’s Nexus 5X.
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