HTC is working on new Google Nexus smartphones, confirms a leaked FCC document by the company. A letter by HTC Corporation’s Project Manager Sean Shih says the final version of the product will be commercially available on Google’s website when it is launched. The letter says, “We, HTC Corporation, hereby declare that the user guide submitted for review is draft and the final version will be made publicly available on Google’s website (http://support.google.com/nexus) at the time product is commercially released.”
Earlier leaks have suggested Google has partnered with HTC to make its Nexus smartphones. HTC is reportedly working on two new Nexus smartphones running on Android 7.0 Nougat. The devices are code-named Marlin and Sailfish.
Also, according to a new report, Google could launch its own premium smartphones in India and a few other countries soon. Though details of the new device is still unclear, earlier reports have indicated it will compete with high-end smartphones like Apple’s iPhone and Samsung Galaxy’s top-end series. A report by Telegraph UK published in June, cited senior sources in Google as saying, “Google is in discussions with mobile operators about releasing a Google-branded phone,” and the new device will be released by the end of the year.
Google’s Nexus devices – Sailfish and Marlin – are expected to launch in the September-October time frame. The ringtones and notifications sounds for the devices were recently unveiled online. Marlin is the flagship of the two Nexus devices. It comes with a bigger 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display and is more powerful. It will run Snapdragon 821 chipset with 4GB RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. It is said that Marlin will be similar to HTC 10 in terms of design. The battery is likely to be same as Nexus 6P which was 3,450mAh. There’s also a rear fingerprint scanner with Nexus imprint support. The device will support Bluetooth 4.2 and Type-C USB charging.
Sailfish, on the other had, might come with Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 chipset. There will be 4GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. HTC is reportedly working on another Nexus project code named Starfish. GFXBenchmark’s report shows the Sailfish will feature an 11MP rear camera. The primary camera will support 4K video recording. The front camera is said to be 7MP. However, according to Antutu, Sailfish will feature a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front shooter.
We’ll have to wait and see how soon Google and HTC reveal the new Nexus smartphones.