What do we know about the new HTC Nexus smartphone?

What do we know about the HTC Nexus smartphone?

Despite recent news that Google is poised to move into the manufacturing of smartphones, the proposed Nexus model has been largely shrouded in mystery.

But as with almost every new release, there have been plenty of rumours to keep everyone interested; the most prominent being that manufacturer HTC is to partner with the internet giant to manufacture two new models, which have been codenamed ‘Sailfish’ and ‘Marlin'.

When are they coming out?

The latest rumours surrounding two devices claim they will land in the UK sometime in August, with the launch of Sailfish and Marlin set to coincide with the release of Google's new Android Nougat operating system.

Appearance

Although appearance is certainly not the be all and end all for a smartphone's success, it is nevertheless an important consideration.

While there have been several high-profile renders, these have largely been put together by fans and could yet be well wide of the mark of what Google actually comes up with.

Specs

While all the signs are so far pointing to the release of two different devices, it seems they are both likely to have very similar specifications when it comes to what's under the bonnet.

Both models look set to come with 4GB of RAM, while also offering between 32GB and 128GB of storage and the latest Qualcomm processor. However, there will be no SD card slot.

Where the camera is concerned, the rear camera bump is set to become a thing of the past, although 12MP capabilities means this tweak is unlikely to have a negative effect on performance.

A fingerprint sensor is expected to be found on the back, offering a USB Type-C port at the bottom of the smartphone.

However, while there are plenty of similarities between these proposed new models, there are also some notable differences.

For instance, the Sailfish is expected to be smaller in size and will come with a five-inch 1080p AMOLED display and a 2,770 mAh battery.

However, the Marlin is expected to come with a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display and a 3,450 mAH battery.

It means that in terms of power and visuals, the Marlin is expected to be something of a step up.

Other possibilities

It is no secret that the bring your own device (BYOD) trend has sparked the introduction of various new items of mobile hardware.

As a result, new smartphones are going to have to find themselves more accommodating to new technology. The rumours around the proposed Nexus models suggest they could well be released alongside a line of smartwatches, codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish.