HTC Nexus Marlin render: this is what the phone will allegedly look like

Rumor has it that Google is about to launch two Nexus smartphones this year – just like in 2015. According to leaks, both handsets will be made by none other but HTC, and their codenames are Sailfish and Marlin. The former would be your “regular-sized”, 5-inch smartphone, while the latter would go into phablet territory with a 5.5-inch display. Other than that, both are said to be made out of metal and even look very similar, unlike the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, which were different as night and day, and built by two different companies – LG and Huawei, respectively.
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35 Comments

1. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Doesn't look bad at all.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

That clearly a oneplus X front and a nexus 5X back.. PA!!! Clickbait article and I fell for it. *facepalm* Btw, what's up with upcoming phones of late 2016 being so underwhelming all of a sudden? After we had a blast in the first half of the year. Quite shocking tbh

23. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Look closer and you notice that is the front of the 5X with 2.5D glass(take note of the camera placement and speaker) not the OPX, the chases is that of the HTC 10 with the back of the 5X and the camera/flash placement is also that of the HTC 10. You were wrong about the front but right about it being hella fake lol.

32. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I can't tell if you're serious or not. I said the same about the back looking like the 5x (minus the camera bulge), but the front looks like any phone out there.

3. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

*sigh* stupid PA falling for this crap. It's so clearly fake, just a Photoshopped Nexus 5X and HTC 10. You can even see how low-res the back camera texture is.

11. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

To be fair Paul K does state what you just said in his article.

12. lioraviram42

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 09, 2014

Well, they mentioned it's a render done by the same source that leaked the picture last week, not an official one. I wish it will look like this! Although Android Police's render looks more reliable to me.

4. ebilcake

Posts: 1230; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Design looks okay, but I still don't like the fingerprint scanner on the back.

5. god996

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

I wish it would really look like that... The real renders look terrible as hell. And I'm really due for a new phone this year..

7. peacetoallfellas

Posts: 76; Member since: Jul 15, 2016

that is lovely

9. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Hopefully xiaomi will make a nexus soon

22. shaprack

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 20, 2016

I wish that could be true someday

10. ebilcake

Posts: 1230; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Question for users that prefer the the rear scanners. Don't you think it's a bit silly that when your phone is flat on a desk you have to pick it up to unlock it?

13. lioraviram42

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 09, 2014

I do, but it looks much prettier than front facing home button. The ideal location for fingerprint scanner is in the power button, on the side, as in Sony's last devices (but I don't know if that method works fine, though.

16. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 914; Member since: May 07, 2014

How do you say it is ideal when you don't know if it works fine?

24. lioraviram42

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 09, 2014

Theoretically, that's the best location as you can achieve the button in every situation. I said I don't know how the scanners built in Sony devices perform.

18. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

But if my phone is inside my pocket, the rear scanner will be easier to reach. Similalrly if i have to unlock the phone i am holding in my hand, it is better to have a rear scanner. This is just my opinion. Others my not like what i like.

33. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

What about those who put their device on their desk face down? Many do that so when texts come in other people won't be able to see them. Besides, if you have a pin or pattern setup (which you have to have if you use a fingerprint scanner) you can also pop that in with not much more effort. I know, it's a huge undertaking compared to pressing your finger on the scanner, but in the grand scheme of things, it's not a huge deal. For me, especially on a larger phone, I'd prefer the scanner on the back, rather than having to contort my hand to use a front facing scanner while not dropping my phone. Where the scanner is placed on last year's Nexus devices, it's in a natural spot that your fingers rest when holding a phone. How often do you have a finger or thumb on the lower front chin when holding your device?

37. ebilcake

Posts: 1230; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Stupid people put their phones face down.

39. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's a desk, not a patch of asphalt or concrete. But judging by your reply, you'll fit in perfectly here. Not a lot of thought out into it, narrow mindedness, and name calling. That's just what PA needs more of around here.

14. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Looks like HTC 10 plastic version.

15. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Looks too vanilla. Boring.

17. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

I bought Nexus 5x, 6 months back with much excitement. Only thing that i liked about it was its camera. the RAM management on Nexus 5x was so pathetic that , i have developed a Nexus phobia. I think it was my first and last nexus ever. Even on a website like amazon.in google chrome used to crash often. my redmi note 3 with 2GB RAM performs better. Secondly i think stock android is a bit boring. Can anyone list some advantages of having stock android instead of a good custom skin like MIUI 8 ? Please do not say that custom rom is heavy as my redmi note 3 with MIUI 8 performs better than the stock android of Nexus 5x. There may be one issue of preinstalled apps on custom rom. But i think it has its advantages too. I am very happy with some inbuilt apps like Security Centre, File Explorer on MIUI.

20. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Stock Android gives you a clean hassle-free experience. Anything that isn't already on the phone can be easily downloaded off of the Playstore. I haven't used a Nexus 5x but 2gb of RAM is mostly enough for my needs and I'm on a HTC M8 and have yet to face the issues you are talking about. Furthermore my brother has a Moto X 2014 and he has a lottt of apps on the phone and it works just fine. Stock Android is comparatively more stable and runs more smoothly than any skin out there. MiUI i have used and the experience is just horrible.

29. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Brother I have used several mobiles both custom(xiaomi mi4i, redmi note 3, meizu m2 note, Asus zenfone laser) and stock(including Motorola x play and Nexus 5x) in 2015. Based on my experience I faced RAM issues in Xiaomi mi4i. But as far as other 3 mobiles are concerned I did not face any problem or lag. In fact the pure stock Android from Nexus 5x had more issues as far as RAM management is concerned. Moto x play was much better or I can say the best mobile that I used in 2015. It is a very wrong assumption that every custom skin is inferior to stock Android. As far as smoothness is concerned I agree that MIUI on Android KitKat and lollipop 5.0 had issues. But my redmi note 3 with MIUI 8 and Android 5.1.1 is as smooth as any other pure stock Android mobile currently out there in the market. There are so many features present on custom skin that sometimes stock Android feels boring. On flyme OS I could delete any message right from the notification window. This feature on stock Android will come only with Android N. I could alter the resolution of images right in the gallery itself without using web . I think it is time people give credit to custom skin. My heart always tell me to buy a mobile with stock Android, but my brain go with good custom skin.

36. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I didn't say that. My current phone is Sense on MM, my previous phones were iOS 9.3.2, Stock Android 5.0.2 (Moto G 1st Gen), before that Note II with Touchwiz on 4.4.2 (and I rooted and flashed CM and other ROMs on it), before that it was a RAZR2 V8 and a Nokia N-97. For me since I've encountered quite a lot of skinned phones even though not used them for a long period (more than a few days): ChineseUI (without app drawer EmotionUI on 5.1.1 and MiUI on Mi3)

25. shield

Posts: 837; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

This is FAKE, HTC and Nexus 5X in one.

26. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

That looks gorgeous, I hope the final product looks something like that!! Also, does anyone know how much memory Nexus phones usually ship with? Like how much is taken up by preinstalled apps?

27. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

I have used Nexus 5x . It had 1.8GB RAM to be precise though everywhere you will read that it has 2GB RAM. Out if 1.8GB, i hardly got 800MB to 1GB free. After that i decided to never buy a nexus device. Maybe nexus 6P was better in RAM management. People complain about custom skins eating RAM. But how come a Nexus device occupy 1GB RAM was beyond my ability to comprehend. My advice is if you want to buy a Nexus in 2016, do not buy the smaller one. Always go for the Nexus with higher specs. Someone may contradict me, but this is what I think about Nexus devices based on my experience.

34. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The reason you saw 1.8GB listed on the device vs the 2GB listed in the specs is the same reason you see around 29GB of memory listed on a 32GB device or we card. According to the rumors, the only differences between this years Nexus devices will be screen and battery size, maybe screen resolution as well. Last year the devices used 2 different CPUs and amounts of RAM, an SD808 and 2GB on the 5x and an SD810 and 3GB on the 6p. This year, most are saying they'll both have SD820s, so the difference in device performance would be negligible. And if the smaller of the 2 has lower resolution and a smaller screen, but uses the same CPU, it would actually be better in performance. With the smaller screen and lower resolution, it would have less pixels to drive which would be easier on the CPU/GPU, which would also make it more battery efficient as well. As far as how much RAM is used, that's how Android works. It uses RAM until there's nothing left and then starts killing off processes to free up memory for new tasks. How much RAM is unused has nothing to do with if Android is skinned or not. But it does make a difference if a skin is a resource hog and uses all the RAM for itself leaving none for apps to use.
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