Nexus Marlin Leaked In Alleged First Live Photo; Confirms Android Nougat, Hides Design
Google will be releasing two new Nexus-branded smartphones this year which will be built by HTC. The two handsets, codenamed Marlin and Sailfish, may not have been made official yet but one of them has already been leaked online with its first live photo.
The newly leaked photo shows the screen of the 5.5-inch Marlin seemingly confirming that the handset will come pre-installed with Android 7.0 Nougat. The photo was first published on TechDroider.
The leaked photo also indicates that the handset has received the latest security patch from Google on July 5, 2016. It can be clearly seen under the model number that the device shown is the HTC Nexus Marlin.
The photo is only a close up of the Marlin's screen, so it's impossible to tell what the device may actually look like. TechDroider claims that the device is sporting a case so that the design is disguised. The site also claimed that the handset will sport a fingerprint sensor on its back.
Past leaks have indicated that both the Marlin and the Sailfish Nexus smartphones will come with a full-metal body. It's also been reported that both handsets will not have a camera bump on the back, according to Pocket-Lint.
Although the photo does seem like a legitimate first look at the device, there's still the possibility that this has been faked. The device's bezels seem to be different from Android Police's renders, but it's possible that this may simply be because of the case.
The back, home and multitasking buttons are also different from past renders. Previous renders have shown that these buttons would have solid shapes instead of being hollow, as pointed out by Ubergizmo.
Design & Trend previously reported that the HTC Nexus Marlin will have a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1440p.
Underneath, the device is believed to have the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, 4GB of RAM and a 3,450mAh battery. It's expected to come with a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
There's no word yet on when Google will release the Nexus Marlin and Nexus Sailfish, but both of them are expected to arrive this fall.