Upcoming HTC Nexus phone codenamed ‘Sailfish’ shown in photo leak

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While T-Mobile doesn’t always sell Google’s Nexus phones, lots of T-Mo customers like to bring the unlocked phones onto the Un-carrier. Thanks to a new leak, we’re getting a peek at what may be one of the new Nexus phones that’ll be coming later this year.

Images that allegedly show the Nexus phone codenamed “Sailfish” have been shared by Android Police. The Sailfish is said to be the smaller of the 2016 Nexus phones, with the larger model being codenamed “Marlin.” Both devices are expected to have a similar design, though, so the Marlin may have this same look.

The body of the Sailfish is mostly metal, though there is a glass insert on the backside that houses the phone’s fingerprint reader and its rear camera. There’s also an antenna line at the bottom of its rear, and while there’s no branding to be found on this particular model, it’s said that the final consumer version will have a “G” logo on its backside.

Also of note is that it’s rumored that Google and HTC are prepping a few different color options of the Sailfish and Marlin. In addition to this dark gray model, it’s rumored that there will be an aluminum version with a white front. Also reportedly in the works is an Electric Blue variant with a white front and glossy blue rear pane, but it’s unclear if that version will actually be released to the public.

When it comes to specs, the Sailfish and Marlin will reportedly both have a 12-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 4GB of RAM, a quad-core Snapdragon processor, and USB Type-C. The smaller Sailfish is expected to have a 5-inch 1920×1080 AMOLED display and 2770mAh battery, while the bigger Marlin may have a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED screen and 3450mAh battery.

Both the Sailfish and Marlin are reportedly being manufactured by HTC, and I think that you can see elements of HTC and devices like the HTC 10 in this Sailfish. That glass panel on the back helps to make this design more interesting than if it were just another all-metal phone, and the Electric Blue variants will help the Sailfish and Marlin stand out even more if they make it to market.

One thing to keep in mind is that these are leaked photos, and so you may want to reserve final judgment on the design until the new Nexus phones are official and we can get a better look at them. That said, what do you think of this leaked Sailfish device?

Source: Android Police

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  • dontsh00tmesanta

    will replace my note 7

    • NinoBr0wn

      Well that didn’t take long.

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Right?

    • Profoundsoup

      Whats the point in buying a $600+ phone just to replace is 4 months later?

      • Prode

        because you can. Plus if T-Mobile sell this, you can always jump.

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Cuz I can?

        Jod is wonderful

        • besweeet

          Assuming T-Mobile even covers this phone which, historically, they probably won’t.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          They did with nexus 4 5 and 6 hopefully they start again

          Either way it’ll get replaced by a nexus

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Did you forget the nexus 4 5 and 6?

        • besweeet

          I did actually. I forgot since I don’t recall them selling them for very long.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Sold them much much longer than the HTC 10

    • MisterSuperGod

      A phone that isn’t out yet is going to replace another phone that isn’t out yet?

      That’s trippy right there!

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        It’s not out? Then what’s this in my hand? Ram management is horrible

        Nexus will rule

        • besweeet

          Technically, nobody outside of cell phone stores have their personal Note 7’s yet, so consider yourself lucky.

          Why did you get the Note 7 knowing that its RAM management is “horrible,” also knowing that other devices are on the way?

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Cuz the s7 wasn’t and the video came after it was sent

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          And because I can lol

        • besweeet

          Saying “because I can” is the most childish response to something.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          It is the truth

          I am able thus I will what’s so childish about that?

          Are you mad someone is getting rid of a note 7 for it or something what do you care?

        • besweeet

          “I spit on that person just because I can.”

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          That’s your prerogative

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Besides I remember you being a sprint fanboy when did you make the switch

        • besweeet

          You’ve got me confused with someone else.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Perhaps, the point of my post was that sailfish is replacing this note 7

  • thatuptowncat37

    As long as the Marlin 5.5 isnt sized like the previous cinder block N6, ill check it out. Dont know what the build techs are thinking lately…. these phones are suppose to be mobile, you shouldnt need a back pack to carry them

    • NavyVeteran

      The N6 is still a great phone. you must have Trump sized hands to complain about a big phone. Maybe you don’t like “Big Salads” either.

      • steadymobb

        His point about it being big isn’t invalid

        • NavyVeteran

          5.5″ is too small for a Flagship Nexus phone these days. 5.7-6″ is ideal.

        • steadymobb

          I’m totally okay with the big screen – but the overall footprint of the n6 is pretty massive.

    • Spanky

      Agreed 100%. The only upside of larger screen phones is the increased battery capacity. To me, the ideal phone screen is 5-5.2. Anything else is, indeed, a cinderblock.

      • thatuptowncat37

        I agree with you in part…I currently have a Note 5 with a 5.7 in screen size. The reason I like this so much is the overall device size is very comfortable for MY hand size. The screen size is def subjective to the device size. Had the N6 been a bit tighter overall Id still have mine, but Google and Motorola werent interested in the form, just the function…IMO ofcourse

  • George Salcedo

    The 5.5″ hopefully is my next device. At $679 the HTC 10 just can’t cut it pricewise, hopefully these are reasonably priced. HTC is the king of smooth Android operating.

  • SirStephenH

    Marlin had better have front facing speakers.

    • Psicosis

      It wont.

  • cloud strife

    I’m not fond of AMOLED (as long as there’s a chance for a burn in, I won’t get one). I guess I’ll pass this year’s Nexuses (?). I hope the V20 will catch my interest.

    • MisterSuperGod

      Wouldn’t Nexii be proper for Nexuses?

      • NavyVeteran

        Plural of Goose is Geese. Plural of Moose is Moose, not Meese. lol

        • Warp

          I hate Mooses to Pooces.

  • Rob

    I wonder if T-Mobile is going to drop the 10 and carry the Nexuses instead. Wishful thinking but it could happen. Otherwise I’ll just keep my 10 this year. Note 7 is confirmed with a locked bootloader on T-Mobile so it’s out as well.

    • Bradley Karas

      Why does it matter if it has a locked boot loader?

      • MisterSuperGod

        Locked bootloader = no custom ROM/custom recovery.
        For the majority, that’s not an issue.
        For the dev types, it’s huge.

        • Bradley Karas

          Yeah I used to root my older Samsung devices and put custom ROM’s on but it was too problematic and too much hassle…I don’t mind touchwiz to be honest

        • Rob

          I have too many apps backed up with Titanium Backup, including all my 2 factor authentication, to not have root and TouchWiz always needs to be debloated which needs root and custom ROM support as well. Even beyond that, I refuse to buy anything that I don’t have total control over. If I own something, I should be able to do what I want with it. But in all seriousness, I’ve rooted every phone I’ve ever had and I’ve been on Android since the HTC Hero.

    • NavyVeteran

      I doubt they will carry the Nexus phones again. Something to do with Google making them, according to the stores. Although Crapple makes their own phones and T-Mob gleefully sells them!

  • Acdc1a

    I’ll wait until the release, but right now it has an ugly problem to me.

  • Michael Elkin

    If the Sailfish is 5″ and hopefully the same or smaller than the old Nexus 5 I might get one, otherwise no go for me. I hate how good phones are getting bigger and the 5X is way to big.

    • NavyVeteran

      5x too big? It’s 5.2″ and that’s too big?

      • Michael Elkin

        I think so. The 5X is bigger than the old LGG2 which also has a 5.2″ screen because of a lower screen to body ratio, or wasted space. The LGG2 was competitive against the bigger notes. Even the old Nexus 5 had a better ratio at 4.95″ so it was much smaller. My ideal phone would be 5″ with a .9+ screen-to-body or very little wasted space and noticeably smaller than the giant phones out there.

  • Bradley Karas

    Yawn

  • steadymobb

    Looks boring

  • emcdonald75

    I think Google should have just used the ZTE Axon 7 with refinements to the camera and different color variants for sale. The best Nexus ever, as long as it is available also by the carriers. Or just keep the Nexus 6P and upgrade the inside components and camera. These radical changes are not required. Heck, the iPhone has been the same for how many years and it is still a great seller. I have an iPhone but this year I am leaning toward a Galaxy Note 7, but I am still waiting for everything to be released so that I can compare all phone models for a Christmas holiday buy.

    • Gavriel Ostrow

      im dissapointed by the axon for one reason. its almost simplistic design. i dont like the buttons on the screen it rakes unnecessary space. google phones have those on screen and they disappear when you watch a video meaning you get more screen retail. axon botched that up.

      • emcdonald75

        I thought the buttons were capacitive so that they didn’t take away any screen real estate, that’s why they don’t disappear? I will have to look again.

        • thepanttherlady

          Buttons are etched/painted on, they don’t disappear.

        • emcdonald75

          Oh wow! I guess I didn’t pay any attention to the buttons and my focus was on the beautiful stereo speakers. Lol. I wish the Note 7 had improved audio quality coming from two speakers. Maybe next year.

        • thepanttherlady

          I didn’t either until after I’d pre-ordered it. The only thing that bothers me about them is that they’re spaced kind of close together and aren’t back lit so if I want to hit back, I sometimes hit home.

        • emcdonald75

          If Samsung can put stereo speakers on the Note 7 with a screen capable of reading fingerprints like these physical home buttons (so there is no need for a physical home button), I do believe we will have a winner.

  • NavyVeteran

    Ok, But T-Mobile won’t carry the Nexus line of phones anymore. They claim it’s because Google is making them, but Crapple makes their own phones and they gleefully carry them.

    • Ryan Cavitt

      Actually Foxconn manufactures crApple’s devices.

      • Adam

        Except of the intellectual property on the phones, which according to Apple’s tax return is manufactured in the Cayman Islands.

  • #Note5 IsBoss

    Nothing beats SAMSUNG PERIOD. Nexus handsets are for stock android losers typical cheap people who don’t like spending money. Barf on Nexus and all it’s useless users.

    • Adam

      If you are a 1%’er, you should just go for Apple.

      • Adrayven

        Never understood that type of comment.. considering Apple and Samsung phones are effectively the same price.. unless your talking Walmart burner phones.. which most people here are mainly interested in flagship class phones.

        Flatly, Apple wouldn’t be in business if it was only 1%’s.. Grow up man.. lol

    • Carl

      A Samsung fanboy!? So funny. So sad.

      • MisterSuperGod

        So true.

    • Acdc1a

      I get it, I used to like Samsung phones myself. I never saw the “lag” that everyone who was a non-Samsung user did. Then I used a Nexus 6 and it changed my whole perspective. You may want to do the same.

    • sino8r

      Maybe a couple years ago, I’d agree with you. LG is the last of the once great, FUNCTIONAL Android phones. You can actually swap your battery in a few seconds. Screw all the rest.

    • Jason Caprio

      LOL. You obviously have never used a Nexus 6P. I have a Galaxy Note 5 and my gf has a Nexus 6P. Her phone (with very similar specs) outperforms mine in every way, and has better battery life.

    • legendlord4751

      Nexus is for people who like experimenting with different ROMs and kernels, getting the latest Android and security patches first, and who want good value in a phone rather than blindly paying whatever their favourite brand asks of them. Calling a large section of the Android user-base useless is just absurd.

    • squiddy20

      1. Nexus phones are only $200-$300 cheaper than your “superior” Samsung Note. Still over $500, which isn’t that cheap.
      2. Contrary to your pitiful viewpoints, it’s not a bad thing to save money. You never know when you might have a random medical emergency you have to pay for, or an unforeseen car crash forcing you to pay for repairs or (even worse) a whole new car, or whatever else life might throw at you. Additionally, if you’re smart, you’d take any excess money you’ve got and invest it (be it in CDs, stock market, IRAs, whatever) to make more money.
      But who am I kidding? The 55+ year old man who was homeless on the streets of NYC surely should know better than me what to do with money, right?

  • 12gb camera is what will (once again) keep my from purchasing the Nexus. I really want to go Nexus, but for my particular needs/wants, I just won’t. I hope this report is inaccurate….

  • FILA

    Not a fan of those huge bezels. Also hate how the power button is above the volume rocker, should be below. Also the power button should be rigged. Be better if the volume was on the left side of the phone, but I will be pre-ordering this regardless. I like the HTC A9 I have now, and this is a upgraded version of that phone, just Nexus! We waited 6 years for a HTC Nexus phone again and we got it. Of course Id like to see the rest we want, front facing speakers, headphone jack on bottom of phone, best camera they can do, hopefully HTC’s good looking screen, and some small Nexus 6 bezels

  • Ilyas

    Those specs sound kind of crappy for today’s standards. Might as well go with the OP3

  • rosa_mcguire

    I currently get paid around 6,000-8,000 bucks /month for freelancing i do from my home. For anyone ready to complete simple computer-based work for 2-5 h /day from your home and get valuable income in the same time… This is a work for you… SELF59.COM

  • stacey.hill

    I get paid close to six to eight thousand bucks /a month from freelancing online. Those who are looking to complete basic at home jobs for 2h-5h /a day from your home and get good paycheck in the same time… This is a job for you… TR.IM/SEG8g

  • BlueNinjaSmurf

    Considering the Nexus 6P has an octa-core processor I seriously doubt these details are accurate. They probably wouldn’t backpedal on the specs like that.