_There's been much fanfare with regards to what Google may have up its sleeve for this year's Nexus (or maybe not Nexus) smartphone line. 2015's Nexus 5X and in particular the laudable Nexus 6P have demonstrated why it is that consumers have such an affinity to the Big G's handset range. This year, HTC looks set to be taking care of the manufacturing end with two oft-leaked handsets codenamed 'Sailfish' and 'Marlin'. In lieu of a concrete launch date for the elusive duo, the fact that the 6P is now out of stock at the Google Store may indicate that some new hardware is on the horizon.
Keeping mindful of the fact that lack of inventory doesn't always mean a product is for the scrapheap, a Google spokesperson has apparently informed mobilesyrup that the search giant "currently [has] no plans to restock the Nexus 6P." Not a definitive answer, by any means, but given that the phablet has been such a darling of the Nexus lineup in recent times, here's another good reason to believe that the device is approaching the end.
Earlier today, the Marlin side of HTC's supposed Nexus duo was leaked through AnTuTu, while the Sailfish variant was outed last week through the same benchmarking app. Both are set to align with this year's flagship status quo by bundling Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4 gigs of RAM under the hood. Each is said to be blessed with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, which prospective buyers will surely hope can replicate the impressive point-and-shoot experience offered by the seemingly outgoing 6P.
It's no surprise to see the Nexus 6P reaching its twilight given the typical one-year life cycles of smartphones. Having said that, we'll be sad to see it go, and if you'd like to get your hands on a gleaming new Nexus 6P, it can still be had over at Newegg and a handful of other online stores.
The Nexus 5X remains up for grabs over at the Google Store, though it would seem that once the remaining inventory has gone, it probably won't be restocked in a hurry.