One of this years Nexus phones that is reportedly to be made by HTC has had its specs leaked. The phone codenamed “marlin” will be the more powerful offering this year. According to the source, it will have a 5.5-inch a QHD touchscreen, a 12 MP rear camera, an 8 MP front-facing shooter, a quad-core Qualcomm processor, 4GB of RAM, 32 or 128GB of storage, and a 3,450 mAh battery.
There will also be a USB Type-C port, as well as a fingerprint scanner on the back and down facing speakers. Bluetooth 4.2 will be in too.
There is no mention of the chipset model but it’s clearly going to be either the Snapdragon 820, or the newer 821/823 – all of these options have a quad-core CPU but if we are to follow past trends with nexus phones, it will definately use the highest end chipset Qualcomm will have to offer this year – which is the SD 823.
According to the source, the main differences between the higher end “marlin” and the lower end Nexus will be screen size, resolution, and battery capacity. This would be a departure from what happened with the Nexus line last year, when the 5X was a mid-range phone and the 6P a true premium offering. If this pans out, it also means Google is emulating Apple’s model in this regard, since those are the same main differences as the ones you can find between the ‘normal’ iPhone and the Plus model. And if this is true then you should definitely expect the new smaller Nexus to be more expensive than the 5X ever was.