Another Nexus Marlin/Sailfish photo leaked

Another Nexus Marlin/Sailfish photo leaked
Mysterious Nexus leaker @usbfl posted yet another photo on Twitter, allegedly showing one of the two upcoming HTC-built Nexus handsets – either the Marlin or Sailfish. Since both devices are expected to share the same basic design blueprint, albeit in different sizes, it is hard to say which one of the handsets is featured in the picture. The poster also suggests that the two Nexus phones might be made of different materials – metal and glass for the bigger device and plastic for the smaller – although this information has not been confirmed, and the poster himself speculates that “it is possible that the lower end black glossy plastic device was a prototype device for testing and will not be released as a Nexus. “

This is the second real life photo of the handset leaked by @usbfl and it comes only a couple of days after he posted the initial image allegedly showing the back of the phone. The new photo reveals the right-hand side of the device and a bit more of its back, only the upper half of which seems to be glass – or some other glossy material – as was expected from early renders of the Sailfish/Marlin.

Some Nexus fans are already likening the upcoming smartphones to the shiny looks of the Nexus 4 and the HTC Evo 4G LTE, the latter of which had a similar back with a glossy upper half. Do you like the looks of the new HTC-built devices? Would you rather if they were all metal/plastic and no glass?

source: Twitter via Reddit



1. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Looks better and better Everytime...if the iPhone doesn't impress I'll be going with stock Android this year

10. kayeeman

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Then u will be crying in the corner Android app quality sucks. Google's own apps work better on ios than android

12. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I already use both platforms idk what you're talking about. Android app quality is great. My comment was more in reference of not upgrading from my 6s plus. My moto x and edge plus run great.

37. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I'm with you. If I don't like the 7 plus then I'm keeping my 6s plus and getting the bigger nexus phone this year.

17. leftheodo

Posts: 108; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

That's how you justify your overpriced two year old technology you call a smartphone? Most major android apps are in par with iOS and Google apps have more functionality on android cause they are system apps and have more permissions. You deserce your iPhone

20. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Even though I use an iPhone I agree Android apps run great

28. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They keep moving the goal posts, mostly to more and more delusional stuff. The current BS is about better app quality and Apple making the most profit. Previously it was market share, sales growth, better battery life, better screen, better camera, better design, more security, etc. All of those things can no longer be used as justification for their purchasing and collecting of Apple logos stamped on metal rectangles so now its another idiotic day dream about better app quality (plus its likely he's drinking the Verge's flavor of Apple Koolaid since he pretty much quoted a headline from a while ago from Walt Mossberg, the elderly Apple apologist).

31. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Bro, this is 2016. WTF are you talking about? You sound like you are stuck in 2009. Android makes great apps. Dude you sound like a lost soul. Someone please hand this guy an Android phone... SMH

33. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I don't think Android apps sux, but have to agree to the quality in iOS, two apps come to mind Hangouts, and Drive. They are both are more refined, and Drive even comes with a native password lock.

38. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

That's because Google as come up with a new app for android over hangouts

2. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

oh look, a phone that the internet really cares about. Quick grab the WORST camera we have!!!

18. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Cares about?!

30. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

WHAT, Apple is doing that again? Oh wait no, you're talking about the Nexus phones, which ran circles around the 6s for about half the price last year.

3. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

I can't help but to shout: "it's f**king ugly!" The glossy panel at the back better have some special functionalities. It's just so ugly at the back. Omg

5. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I strongly disagree. It'll be an amazing design once it's in your hands, although I don't see the HTC touch except for the sides (the way the metal is sculpted around the corners), this design screams pure Google though. Btw the only Nexus designs I have liked were Moto (because I loved the ergonomics) and the Galaxy Nexus. The rest were meh or copied. This one however takes some risk.

8. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

the phone seems well built on the first look , my only problem is the huge chin, there is no stereo speakers so why give it the chin of a caveman ?!

21. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Personally brother, two phones which make single-handed use a charm for me are M8 and Moto G 2013. Both had large bottom chins which made it quite easy for my thumb to reach the back-home-apps controls while still maintaining grip. Moto X 2014 had minimal bezels but it's ergonomics were the reason to be able to use it singlehanded with ease. It was very thin at the edges and got thick as you went higher up. And maybe the chin houses display stuff or battery or charging hardware or something, for which we'd need iFixit first.

22. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

i understand your point i loved my one M8 too but if they are making the chin big... at least keep the stereo speakers....

32. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Stereo speakers are wasted on phones in my opinion. Very rarely do you actually want to use the external speakers. I would rather they use the extra space for a larger battery, which is the most needed thing on phones. So hopefully they aren't stupid like some other companies out there and actually up the battery/battery life this time.

35. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

larger battery is a must , and trust me stereo speakers too , i moved from a Htc on M8 to and iphone 6 then a note 5 ... the only and most thing i miss is stereo speakers :(

36. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

speak for yourself... I love the stereo speakers on my Z3C... even though the stereo effect is small, it is a nice advantage when watching videos/movies and playing games.... For instance, playing Modern Combat 5 on it allows me to know if the shooting is coming from behind my left or right...

39. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I actually use it quite often during out of home smoke seshes. And the only dual speaker setup that is louder than my M8 that I have listened to and would recommend is the Moto X Pure, although the BoomSound speaker setup has the equalizer set at 'Live' or 'Surround' setting I think, but its definitely good. Plus it's a very welcome feature if you set alarms on your device and sleep with it on the bed.

15. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Really? And the nexus 4 didn't impress you? That's strange, considering that the nexus 4's design remains one of the best designed phones of all time along with the iphone 4.

19. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Design isn't just about what you see, it is more about what you feel. The Nexus 4 might have looked beautiful but the lack of a good feel in the hand was a major let-down not to mention the tacky chrome finish as well as bad loudspeaker placement (which would be muffled as soon as you put the phone on the desk on its back). And well we may differ on aesthetics but the best designed phones of the last 3 or 4 years are: HTC One M8, Moto X 2014, Sony Xperia Z3, Lumia 950XL, Galaxy Alpha and iPhone 5s. Oh and the iPhone 4 series were not well designed. My hand would ache after 20 minutes of texting because of the edgy metal-glass joint on the under-side. The 5s was quite similar but the effect was less strained.

23. tezzz

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Personally I really liked the S5 the bezels were perfect for me. I could use it one handed without touching the edge of the screen. The S6 bezels are a fraction smaller and I have adjusted, but still occasionally touch the edge. I also liked the soft feel and grip of the plastic (leather like) back. The chrome bezels were hideous. If I could take the camera and processor from my S6, change the chrome bezels to the same plastic as the S5 it would easily be the best phone. I dislike the feel of the m8 and one, the metal felt cold and unpleasant, and it felt a little slippery to me. Also the S5 speaker on the back I never covered up, but the one on the bottom of the S6 I cover ever so often. The S6 is much worse ergonomically in all these respects than the S5, but slippery glass/metal designs with unusable bezels seem to sell well. Sadly Motorola is not really available here, so I have few options for a nice ergonomic phone with a decent camera.

40. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

S5 has one major issue for me as a designer:it imitates metal but is plastic, and imitates leather but is plastic. I have no problem with plastic, in flagships or mid-range. But at the S5 price point they could have made the chassis metal and the body glass and plastic. And not the crappy quality plastics they've employed on previous Galaxy devices but good quality Nokia like plastic with a matte finish. And of course removed TouchWiz that I've hated ever since my first Android phone which was the Note II. It still is ugly, especially the notification shade and controls.

43. tezzz

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

The imitation leather was in many ways better than leather. LG made a leather back phone and it looks worn and damaged very quickly. My old S5 after 2 years the back still looks brand new. I liked the soft touch. The only element i dislike was the chrome edge. I disagree about the use of metal, unless it serves a practical purpose then it appears to only be a hindrance to the antenna, and I would prefer better reception. My S6 looks nicer, but if it had the same chip and camera I would choose the S5 every time.

4. elvis_17

Posts: 32; Member since: May 26, 2016

The back of the phone looks relay nice and some way original but the front bezzel are way too big:(

6. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

Hold this up against a Note 7 and you'll make this one look like a toy.

25. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Reviewers said the Nexus 5X felt cheap and plasticky, especially compared to the likes of the Note 5. But it also cost half as much.

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