Latest rumor claims only the Google Nexus Marlin will be metal-made, the Sailfish to be plastic

Latest rumor claims only the Google Nexus Marlin will be metal-made, the Sailfish to be plastic
Rumors about Google's next batch of Nexus devices are already flying around, foreshadowing their arrival later this year. As you probably know, these are currently rolling under the Marlin M1 & Sailfish S1 monikers and are most certainly being made by HTC.

Specs and renders about the stock Android duo have already leaked profusely, giving us strong hints that they will be inheriting a bit chunk of the HTC 10's design bits. We generally loved the sleek metal body of the HTC 10, but the latest rumor we heard could mean that HTC might not necessarily use metal for both the Marlin and the Sailfish.Word on the street is that only the Marlin M1, which is expected to be the slightly bigger (5.5") and spec'd-up device, will be getting the spellbinding HTC 10 metal design.

In the meantime, the smaller ~5.2" Sailfish S1 will likely employ plastic in its exterior, which would correspond to its lower-tier positioning and will keep the price tag in check.This move seems rather logical since it will help consumers distinguish the two Nexus devices more easily.

That's important because both will reportedly sport pretty similar hardware setups — Snapdragon 820/821, 4GB of RAM, 12MP/8MP cameras.

Are you impatient for the 2016 crop of Nexus phones? Let us know in the comments section right below!

source: Nexusblog



1. omar98

Posts: 71; Member since: Aug 28, 2011

Didn't htc make a nexus phone before?

3. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

yes the Nexus One, the HTC Dream (first Android phone), the T-Mobile G2 (which ran stock Android), HTC One M7 and M8 Google Play edition, and the Nexus 9 tablet.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7204; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If they are Daydream compatible devices. Then they have to be high end spec demons. Maybe not in outside materials, but definitely in the CPU, GPU, ram, storage, display, and sensors departments. I do not mind plastic if they offer wireless charging. Since these are new Nexus devices, then they should have USB-C, but I hope they support USB 3.1 speed.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It won't matter for the Sailfish, from all the rumors it's supposed to have 1080p resolution, so daydream is out for it.

4. lioraviram42

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 09, 2014

It did. The very first Nexus One.

2. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Overpriced definitely. Even before it is announced, given how terrible htc pricing is.

8. Subie

Posts: 2353; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

In the end the price for these Nexus phones will be set by Google. Not HTC. I do agree with you though that HTC pricing is terrible.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Rumors are figuring a price of $350. That's a bit over the Nexus 5x starting price, but from what we're gathering, they won't skimp on the CPU like they did with the 5x this time around.

5. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

With fronds like these, who needs anemones.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

wireless charging? maybe... :-/

9. tyger11

Posts: 290; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Yes, that's the first thought that came to my mind, too! One can but hope.

7. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Plastic!! 300 $ thn!

10. IT-Engineer

Posts: 532; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I wanna buy one. But there is no need for Google to overprice these phones especially after what Oneplus 3 showed how killer hardware can be priced low.

14. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

If you want to know how google overprice nexus, just checkout the price of Nexus 5x in India. It is still being sold at $100 extra than its actual worth. Google is no less bad than apple in setting the price of nexus.

19. IT-Engineer

Posts: 532; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Here in Denmark the 6p starts at 600$

12. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Are the Google Nexus phones typically flagship phones or 'decent/good phones at a discount/reasonable prices'?

13. IT-Engineer

Posts: 532; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Nexus 6 and Nexus 6p are flagship phones.

21. gendo

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

I'd argue the Nexus 5 was a flagship, in it's time.

15. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

They are flagship becuase google is directly involved in it. But it does not mean that they are flagship performer too. Example is Nexus 5x. Very average performance and specs too. But sold at flagship price. Nexus 6p is good. But unless and until you are a stock android freak (which i was till i used Nexus 5x), better to spend your money on a different brand.

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Or you want guaranteed updates, and frequent ones at that.

20. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Well this frequent update thing is just a gimmick and nothing else. For example currently i use Redmi note 3 with android 5.1.1, but i never miss the so called doze feature in Amdroid M , becuase even without Android M, Redmi note 3 has much more battery backup than any other nexus device including nexus 6p. Similarly with latest MIUi 8 , i can have two instances of any app + dual spaces so that i can use my mobile like 2 separate smartphone. Even though i was a nexus user for last 2 years, but finally decided to settle for a VFM low cost android with good custom rom. My search ends with xiaomi. This fast and frequent update gimmick would work in 2013/14. But since 2015 we get many new players like xiaomi, meizu, ASUS whose custom skin are , arguably, better than boring stock android. And whatever feature google bring with new android update is either already on custom roms or they update within a year or so. Finally if you purchase a mobile and use it for 3-4 years , then stock android may suit you. But if you change mobiles frequently, these updates shall not bother you.

22. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

When I'm talking about updates, I'm not talking about features, I'm talking about security. From where things were when I started with smartphones to now, the prevalence of malicious software has risen a lot. At some point, it's possible that Android will start having issues with malware similar to what Windows has with their desktop systems. And if OEMs don't stay on the ball, that could be a serious issue. Regardless, not everyone is able to use Xiaomi or other similar devices, but Nexus devices are available to pretty much anyone. I'm sorry that you had issues with your 5x. It could be that's how they all were, it could be it only affected a portion of the userbase. You see the same things with any device, even Galaxy Note or iPhones are not immune to issues. I'm sure there's even a few people with Redmi Notes that have issues or even hate them, it's just how it is. I've talked with quote a few people who like their 5x. So for you to make a blanket statement that they're all crap isn't realistic. If you don't like stock Android, fine. I don't like skins for the most part since most any I've owned have been more detrimental to performance rather than aiding it, which should be the point. But again, it's not for everyone, just as skinned devices are not.

25. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

My friend , i own both Nexus 6p and Nexus 5x. If you had used both mobiles you would have known that both devices are completely different when it comes to performance except the camera quality. So it is Not that i am against any nexus or stock android device. But i certainly dislike google the way it designed nexus 5x to underperform as compared to 6p. And when you say that many people are happy with nexus 5x performance , i would say that there are people who buy iphone4s in 2015 thinking that it is apple and are really happy with it. So we are not talKing about such people. As far as security updates are concerned i am waiting since last two years for any malicious malware to infect my non stock android devices. But i am Not that lucky. For someone who really need latest security updates as requirement of their enterprise it is fine. But for most of the people who do not watch porn on mobiles, it is useless. Just becuase you use a mobile with internet does not mean that malwares will affect you by default.

23. Uncas21

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

I believe the benefits of guaranteed, frequent updates is a reference to the monthly security patches owners of Nexus devices receive. The only other Android manufacturer that comes close on this front is Samsung.

24. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i hate the nexus line up, It always seems the 5'2 screen model always gets the short end of the stick compared to the over sized one everytime. to me the 5'2 screens are the perfect size

26. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Agreed! 5.2 is perfect! Anything over 5.5 is insane.

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