The Google Nexus 6P
was one of last year's great smartphone success stories. Built by Huawei, the device packs a strong array of tech. specs including the Snapdragon 810 SoC and 3 GB of RAM, capped by a superb rear-facing camera. Even though it was only rolled out in November, it doesn't take long for modern-day smartphones to begin feeling their age, and already, the 6P has a slew of strong, Snapdragon 820-powered rivals for company. In a real turn up for the books, though, a seemingly new variant of the Nexus 6P has been caught on Geekbench with the Snapdragon 820, 4 GB of RAM and Android N in tow.
Though it seems that HTC may take the reigns
for this year's fleet of Nexus devices, this doesn't necessarily mean that the Nexus 6P won't get a successor, or at least a refresh. With HTC said to have penned a long-term deal
to oversee the creation of Nexus devices over the next few years, it was looking like Huawei's recent '7P' trademark
would be the only hope of the Nexus 6P's continuation. But with these specs having checked in through Geekbench, we may not have seen the last of the handset's legacy.
As you'll see above, the device includes the quad-core Snapdragon 820 clocked 1.59 GHz, flanked by Adreno 530 graphics and 4 gigs of RAM. Interestingly, the motherboard section references 'Marlin'—the same moniker attached to one of the upcoming Nexus handsets. It seems possible, then, that an upgraded Nexus 6P running Android N could be in the offing for later this year, though this theory places some doubt on the notion that HTC will man the Nexus fort exclusively.
Regardless of how the Big G plans to assemble its manufacturing partners, we certainly would not balk at a new-and-improved take on the Nexus 6P. The phablet is unquestionably one of the best of its kind on the market right now, with its array of strong specs packed into a premium, metallic housing. Needless to say, we'd welcome more of the same with open arms.
Would you like to see a new version of the Nexus 6P roll out this year? Let us know in the comments.
The Google Nexus 6P in pictures