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Leaked photos reveal Google’s next-gen Nexus ‘Sailfish’ for the first time ever

Published Aug 15th, 2016 11:03AM EDT
Google Nexus 2016 Sailfish Marlin Photos

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We have already seen the first 3D renders of Google’s upcoming Nexus smartphones, which were put together based on recent reports. We also saw what might have been a leaked picture of the phone. Now new images have emerged online over the weekend, and they show what appear to be the first real photos of the HTC Nexus “Sailfish” smartphone. That’s the smaller Nexus phone that Google will launch this year, joining the HTC “Marlin” phablet.

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An image popped up on Twitter on Sunday, showing what appears to be a new Nexus device that was held in someone’s hand. “The 2016 HTC Nexus looks like a cross between the Nexus 4 and iPhone with glass and fingerprint scanner on the back,” Twitter user @usbfl said.

Then, an even better set of images obtained by Android Police shows what also appears to be the HTC Sailfish.

The Android blog was the first to note the metal and glass/plastic design of the two 2016 Nexus smartphones. A report from a different source claimed the Sailfish will be made of plastic, and the Marlin will be metal.

Android Police disagrees with that stance, saying that both handsets will share the same design and final specs. “Marlin and Sailfish share the same basic industrial design and materials. There is no ‘plastic’ phone between the two,” the site said. “We still believe both devices are built by HTC and will have identical specifications aside from screen size, resolution, and battery capacity.”

Check out Android Police’s supposed real life photo of the HTC Sailfish below.

Credit: Android Police
Credit: Android Police Image source: Android Police
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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