Google Nexus Marlin and Nexus Sailfish rumor review: design, specs, features, release date

Google Nexus Marlin and Nexus Sailfish rumor review: design, specs, features, release date

Each and every year, die-hard Android fans are waiting for one thing, and one thing only – the release of that year’s Nexus lineup.

Last year, we got treated to both the excellent Nexus 6P, manufactured by Huawei, and the not-too-shabby Nexus 5X, made by LG. This year we are also expecting two Nexus devices to make an arrival.

Codenamed Marlin and Sailfish, with the Marlin reportedly being the better spec’d one, these two upcoming Nexus warriors are most certainly being made in collaboration with HTC and will have the tough task of filling the Nexus 6P and 5X’s shoes, as the latter were mostly a pleasant surprise.

We already seem to know quite a lot about these, so let us share it all with you!


Design: Same on both – two-tone probably glass back, a metal frame for the Marlin and a plastic one for the Sailfish.
Display: A 5.5″ quad HD one for the Marlin, likely a 5.2″ full HD one on the Sailfish.
Hardware: Both will share the same setups and will come with Snapdragon 820 or 821, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB base storage. The Marlin might have a 3,450mAh battery.
Camera: The same setup on both devices – 13MP rear and 8MP front-facing cameras.
Release date: Sometime in September, probably.


We’ve had our fair share of leaked materials and these give us a pretty good idea what the two devices might look like.

It looks that they won’t be styled after the HTC 10 as it was initially speculated, but will employ more signature design that was already compared to the one of the Nexus 4 and the HTC Evo 4G LTE.

Both the Marlin and the Sailfish are expected to be total look-alikes with the only difference being their overall size and probably the build materials.

So far, the leaks have shown us that both devices will feature two-tone black and gray design at the back, with what seems to be either glass or another glossy material.

The larger and better-spec’d Marlin is generally expected to boast a metal frame, though the smaller Sailfish could get a plastic one, which will further establish the notion that it is the lower-tier device.

The Marlin will most certainly feature a 5.5-inch display whereas the Sailfish would likely clock in at around 5.2 inches.

Traditionally, there won’t be any physical or capacitive buttons below the display, but both Nexus devices will flaunt a circular fingerprint scanner at their backs. That’s pretty much similar with what the Nexus 6P and 5X offered.

Finally, don’t be surprised if the duo doesn’t come with the usual Nexus branding – word on the street is the writings at their rears might read “Google”.

We won’t be surprised by this at all as Google has been rumored to do so for a time now. Remains to be seen if it will turn out to be true, though it won’t matter that much. After all, it’s not the name that makes a smartphone a hit, right?

[Source: Phonearena]