Google’s 2016 Nexus smartphones are codenamed Marlin and Sailfish. According to most leaks thus far, both handsets are expected to be premium devices when it comes to build quality as well as internal components and performance. With that in mind, don’t be surprised to hear that the phones will reportedly be more expensive than their predecessors, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.
The smaller of the two, the Sailfish, is expected to cost $449 for the 32GB model — at least according to Nexus Blog’s unnamed sources from HTC. That’s $70 more than last year’s 16GB Nexus 5X, and $20 more than the 32GB option. It’s unclear at this time whether there will be a 64GB or 128GB Sailfish model, or how much the extra storage would cost.
The 32GB Nexus Marlin is reportedly priced at $599, which is $100 more than last year’s 32GB Nexus 6P. The 2015 Nexus phablet also came in 64GB and 128GB options, priced at $549 and $649, respectively. It’s likely that Google will also have Marlin versions with more built-in storage, but Nexus Blog doesn’t know what to expect.
Comparatively, the Nexus phones’ main rival is expected to have 32GB, 128GB and 254GB options – that’s the iPhone 7, launching in mid-September. While Apple is yet to announce the new iPhones, multiple independent reports indicated that these new storage upgrades are in the cards for the iPhone.
Google is rumored to have plans to announce the new Nexus devices at some point in September, and then the company will reportedly release them in early October.