One of HTC's rumored Nexus phones might boast a Snapdragon 821 chipset

One of HTC's rumored Nexus phones might boast a Snapdragon 821 chipset
Rumor has it Google's 2016's Nexus phones will be made by none other than HTC, which was responsible for the already-discontinued Nexus 9 tablet. Supposedly, these devices are codenamed S1 "Sailfish" and M1 "Marlin" and are based on HTC's latest flagship, the not too shabby HTC 10

While the Sailfish is reportedly being a slightly redevised HTC 10, the Marlin itself will be a bit different as the rumor mill claims it will be powered by a Snapdragon 821 chipset. This one's likely an upcoming successor to the Snapdragon 820 chipset, though we would not be surprised if it's merely a minor revision of Qualcomm's finest.

No specifics are known at this time, hence we can only speculate what the chipmaker might have in store for us. We suppose that if Qualcomm has such an upcoming chipset it could get official alongside the Snapdragon 823, another rumored chip that might make it to the Galaxy Note 7 and Note 7 edge.

It should also be noted that the very rumor that HTC could be the Nexus makes this year is a bit dubious. A couple of weeks ago, Huawei's General Manager, Charlenne Munilall, claimed in an interview that Huawei is once again making a smartphone for Google. This could have been taken out of context, but given that Huawei's Nexus 6P garnered mostly positive general reviews, we won't be surprised to find the large Chines company at the helm once again this year.

source: IndiaToday via Reddit



1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Sorry this things is going to be overpriced and will no longer match the purpose of getting Nexus back then. Oneplus is the new Nexus for tech savvy with affordable price period

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Oneplus is the new Nexus 5 for tech savvy with affordable price period, but terrible battery life If it has better battery life and camera, I wont care if its $500-600 And the quickest updates is a big point for me too

23. Syracuse

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Terrible battery life huh? You clearly haven't read the Anandtech review.

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Maybe not terrible It has worse battery life than the OnePlus 2 according to that review Real world usage is what matters People are only getting around 5 hours SOT, which in 2016 is very average, not impresssive by any means

31. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

5hrs sot average? Do you realize how long 5 hours is? First I would be concerned with someone spending that much time looking at a phone, second I think it's a technological feat given the processing power and screen size of today's phones. 5 hours is nothing to thumb your nose at.

32. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

You do realise there are phones that can last 2 days right? I want my next phone to get 6-8 hr SOT I can use if for 2 days, with 3-4 hr SOT each day

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Nexus phones weren't made as a cheap device. They were meant as a reference device for other brands.

13. JasonX

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Despite your screen name, you appear to be right on target.

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Nexus-- should be affordable flagship !! Otherwise OP3 anyday!


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

IF the Nexus comes with a smaller screen, and a weak processor I will get a Note 7. The Nexus 5 to the Nexus 6 was a step in the right direction. The Nexus 6P was a side step marginal improvement of the Nexus 6 with a smalller screen. Anything 5.5, and Lower will not do for "ME".....Some of us want a large screen, and some want both. May I sugest 5.5, and a 5.8" screen with top of the line specs.... You get what you pay for wanting a flagship phone, for cheap means there may be lower specs. You get mediocre screen, and shorter battery life and a ok to great camera most times than not. I like having Android N on my Nexus 6 O.G., but I'd rather have a great camera, great battery, and outstanding large screen to watch my Kodi when I travel or to surf the web. Note 7 in my future for sure it seems based on the rumors. I also have the O.G. Nexus 5, and a GS 3. I was not a fan of the HTC 3D phone that I returned after 2 weeks of ownership. I am a Nexus fan wanting more than just mediocre in leiu of faster updates

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I skipped the Nexus 6P for pretty much all the reasons you gave!!! I am a Nexus fan as well. To me the Nexus 6 is still the best Nexus ever. After having this large screen, it will be difficult to go back to a smaller screened device. I want the top of the line specs over faster updates on a Nexus device. I will never settle for mediocre specs just to have faster updates. I always root my Nexus so I take care of the updates. +1

17. Dave.Weinstein

Posts: 30; Member since: May 07, 2014

There's always the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. OK processor 6.4" 2K screen, and Tango! My guess is that it's OK for Nexus loyalists to get a Tango phone ;-)

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I would say let HTC make a 5 inch nexus and leave huawei to make a 6 inch one.

18. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

That's called the Android One.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

SD821 is just SD820 with slightly higher clock (isnt even 10% increment), but fine if they can keep it under $500 nexus should be affordable after all, with slightly weaker processor than newest flagship, just like older nexus (except 6P) which use SD808, SD805, and SD 800

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Nexus phones were originally expensive dev phones Then they became affordable price with flagship proccessor, but small battery and last gen camera I hope the continue having a $500 flagship and a $350 affordable phone But I hope they have a 5" and a 5.7" for both e.g. $350 5X and 6X $500 5P and 6P

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The SD800 on the Nexus 5 wasn't a slightly weaker processor then the newest flagship, it's was the LG G2 debuted with, and both of them along with the Note 3 were the only devices to get it that year. Same with the SD805 in the Nexus 6. The Nexus 5x was the first one to use a lower CPU in the SD808.

12. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Why should Nexus devices be priced at what you consider affordable?

8. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

HTC Nexus 2016? My Body Is Ready.

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Apparently people only know the Nexus devices from the Nexus 4 and later. The 3 Nexus devices that came before the Nexus 4, which were the Nexus1, Nexus S, and Galaxy Nexus were all as expensive as most any other phone out there. Starting with the Nexus 4 and 7 2012, Google started offering their Nexus series at just above cost to get more people using them and tin turn Google's services. After the Nexus 5 and 7 2013, Google went back to the regular pricing for their Nexus devices with the Nexus 6. After the uproar from users, the next year they offered a value model, the 5x, and a premium model, the 6p. So no, Nexus devices were not always about value. They were as others here have said, about showing off stock Android and to be used as a reference device for developers. Because prior to Motorola's 2013 and later devices, no one was running a stock or close to stock Android device, they all had OEM skins on them (Touchwiz, Sense, Motoblur, and LG's unnamed skin). So a reference of what stock Android looked and acted like was needed.

14. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I personally think the way Google has historically priced Nexus devices doesn't matter. Google sets the price of a device and consumers have the option of buying it or not buying it. That's it.

19. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I agree. I was just saying that everyone seems to think they were always and affordable device when in reality that wasn't the case. The Nexus1 went for IIRC around $500-600. And they were the first to go to an unlocked only direct to customer sales model. Later they ended up selling them in T-Mobile stores when it was apparent that the industry wasn't ready for that yet. But it wasn't until the Nexus 4, 5, & both 7s that they went the affordable route, but I believe that was more about growing the Nexus marketshare and getting stock Google into as many hands as possible. But IIRC they were only making single or double digit profit margins with that sales model. While great for consumers it wasn't something that was really sustainable. So last year they made a compromise, offering both a value and a premium model. And while not as cheap as the Nexus devices offered in 2012 & 2013, the 5x was still less than the model offered in 2014. Like I said, my only point was that Nexus devices are first and foremost developer devices meant to showcase stock Android. They were not synonymous with low prices except for those couple years.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

The Nexus 5x value was not a fact to stimulate sales they keep lowering the price. The Nexus 6P is ok but sales still are not as strong as they like. I believe this is because they did a marginal increase, and lowered the screen size, and still in this day and era has one of th lowest outside viewing brightness of any flagship device.... I am not settling for this in the future for faster updates......I don't want mediocre specs in a flagsgip Nexus. For those that want a smaller screen make one ...Apple makes a large and a small screen and sales picked up...Nexus is so inconsistent that they are now going smaller, losing the front facing speaker while offering a screen that can't be seen outside...bite me Google because if this is so I will ditch the Nexus line for the Note 6/7. I already bought a 64gig sd card....i have a 32gig Nexus 6 and I have tons of space so I won't need huge storage with an extra 64gig microsd when I havent filled my 16gig N5 nor my 32gig N6. On a side who keeps thier phone more than 2-3 years any way.

30. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I wasn't talking about how popular it was, simply that Nexus devices weren't always value phones. This is the third time I've aid it and hopefully it sticks. Go ahead, if it's not what serves you best, then by all means switch. I wasn't saying everyone had to buy one. As for the screen size, I'd imagine they're looking at lowering the screen size, it may be because the majority want it. That's what businesses do, they offer what he majority wants. I'm assuming the SD cards are being used with an external reader, because other than he Nexus1, they haven't made a Nexus device with expandable storage, and even though they added the functionality back into Android, I doubt we'll see it in one of their devices, phone or tablet.

15. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Such upgrade. Much wow.

16. Valdomero

Posts: 677; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I always wait for the 2nd generation of nexus phones, I had the Nexus 4 and when the 5 came out I waited, I didn't purchase the 6 because it was too big for me. Then Google heard our prayers for a smaller device and that's why I happily have a Nexus 5X. I'll probably wait until 2018 to get the next iteration of Nexus'

20. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

3 Nexus phones $250 $450 $650 that's the spot.

27. sebstin

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Nexus variants with 4.5", 5" and 5.5" screens with almost similar specs would be nice to have. This would cater most phone goers...

22. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

I also like if Htc release one m7 with SD820

24. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

updated 5x works for me, I don't like big arsh phones that need a purse to carry. 5inches is perfect with killer specs. price $450 range, maybe a bigger phablet for the other nexus guys. but definitely like the small and large package they put out his time around. I would actually like to see a whole lineup maybe three device sizes and price ranges.

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