HTC-made 2016 Nexus phones (Sailfish and Marlin) design apparently unveiled

HTC-made 2016 Nexus phones (Sailfish and Marlin) design apparently unveiled
Following the moderate success of the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X from 2015, Google is getting ready to release other two new Nexus smartphones sometime later this year. As previously reported, these upcoming handsets are seemingly made by HTC, being codenamed Sailfish (or S1) and Marlin (or M1). While the smartphones are expected to sport displays measuring 5 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively, they may look very similar.

Android Police today revealed an image that reportedly allows us to take a peek at the design of the 2016 Nexus family. The website notes that this is not an official render, but a "recreation" based on evidence from a reliable source. Thus, some things may not be fully accurate.

As you can see below, this alleged next-gen Nexus has curved corners, and doesn't really resemble any HTC-made phone. The front looks pretty generic, while the rear houses a round fingerprint scanner (similar to the scanners found on the Nexus 6P and 5X), a non-protruding camera, a speaker, and a G(oogle) logo. It's said that there may not be any HTC logos on the final devices - which, by the way, could be made out of aluminum. We're saving our final judgments on the design for when we'll get to see the new Nexuses in the flesh.

According to Android Police, both the 5-inch Sailfish and the 5.5-inch Marlin should look like this, with possible minor differences (beside the size difference, of course).

There's still no word on exactly when Google will announce its two new Nexus phones, but it may happen in September. Needless to say, both handsets will run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Until we hear more about this, check out the rumored Nexus M1 Marlin specs, and Nexus S1 Sailfish specs.

source: Android Police



1. santoss2013

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

A bit ugly compared with Nexus 6P/5X ....

6. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I say ugly only when compared with 6P, 5X was already ugly

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The 5x looks just fine lol.

10. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

5x is kind of polarizing. To me, the camera hump looks like a huge pimple, and I can't get that out of my head. It may look good to you, but for me it looks 1000000x uglier than the 6P.

12. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

My mom has a slim case on her nexus 5x so I can't see the camera hump. Either way, I don't have a mental picture of a pimple in my mind when I look at the 5x like you do so it looks fine to me.

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5697; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I remember early leaked renders of the 6P looked pretty bad too Hopefully the final design looks better

20. Kumar123 unregistered

The best thing about this design is there is no huge "Nexus" trademark on the back of the phone. Always hated that logo it looks as if Google is insecure about their nexus phone so they had to put such a big logo to remind people that it's a nexus phone.

45. EnigmaticPsychotic

Posts: 70; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

I like the logo

52. MySchizoBuddy

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

One more nonsensical thing android fan boys complain about.

55. vincelongman

Posts: 5697; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Never really been bothered by the Nexus logo I prefer a big logo back instead of it being crammed into the front Like Google/Apple's instead of Samsung/Sony's

59. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I *want* the nexus logo! Apple has both its logo and the "iphone" name, so why not adding both the big G and nexus? Potential customers need to know that it's a nexus, and google should just push the brand.

33. maherk

Posts: 6891; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

A LOT ugly compared to everything lol I hope I am not wrong, but HTC would never come up with such an ugly design, they are way too good for this.

39. Kumar123 unregistered

This phone looks better than 95% android phones out there that includes Motorola, Samsung, LG and other Chinese and Indian phones.

40. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You are correct, 95% of Android phones look the same.

2. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Looks like an Android One phone for developing markets...

26. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Should have kept the screen size to 5.7".

3. buba05

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Reminds me of the HTC Sensation and I like it!

4. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

I can't decide if I should get this or the Moto Z Force?! (Early) Thoughts?! (Verizon)

21. JackDiesel

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'm faced with a similar dilemma if the Force is released unlocked (AT&T). Right now the Force holds the early lead thanks to bigger battery, bigger camera, expandable storage, shatter-proof display, and customization. The Marlin's advantage is basically instant updates. It'll be moot though if the Force remains a Verizon exclusive.

61. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Yeah my thing is brightness (max and min) and overall size. I have a Moto X 2014 and it's a nice size, the Moto Z Force is LARGE, which worries me. Maybe if the new Nexus is slightly smaller I'll consider it more. Tough decision though!

5. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

The top and bottom bezels could be thinner, that would make the device look nicer.

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Back looks fine but the front is to bland, has to much of the same shade of black. Oh well it's the cheaper variant so what did you expect. They have to make the more expensive variant look a bit better, going below the design level of the 6P will not be in Google's or HTC's best interest.

9. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

it will look like a mini 10. metal. black. nexus written somewhere on the back. I like this "supposed version" though.

11. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Looks like an ugly unfinished chinese prototype ...

14. Kumar123 unregistered

You find every phone that doesn't have a Samsung logo ugly. What a surprise.

13. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Meh. Remember how ugly the 6P looked in official renders? This is a recreation of a render. I'm more than willing to give the benefit of the doubt for now.

15. Kumar123 unregistered

This looks beautiful. I'm interested in 5.5 inch version. A return of HTC in it's former glory. Hope this render turn out to be true.

16. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

LOL, no way this is legit.

18. Joosty

Posts: 477; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Take my money. Such a simple and beautiful design. HTC , the original Nexus.

19. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

not bad actually...I'm guessing the glass like partition is for wireless charging. Let's wait and see

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