Specs for Marlin, HTC’s bigger Nexus phone, trickle out

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This fall, Google will offer two Nexus phones yet again; however, they’ll be produced by the same company in a surprising detour from the usual strategy in which different companies each make a single device for the line. Returning to the Nexus line for the first time since 2014 when the company developed Google’s Nexus 9 is expected to be HTC.

Sailfish (S1) and Marlin (M1) are going to end up being the spiritual successors to 2015’s Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P in that one will be on the lower half of the high-end segment while the other stands tall as the cutting edge option. Following last month’s leak of alleged Sailfish specifications, we’re getting an idea of what Marlin could be like.

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A source provided Android Police with the following specs:

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560×2440) AMOLED display
  • Quad-core processor (Qualcomm-made)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB / 128GB of internal storage
  • 12MP / 8MP cameras
  • 3450mAh battery
  • USB Type-C port
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Bottom-facing speakers
  • Bluetooth 4.2

A very small number of things appear to be different between Marlin and Sailfish. Based on the specs provided for both, it seems differences will be found in display size, storage options, battery size, and speaker positioning. Other than that, these two Nexus devices could end up being essentially the same phone.

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The similarities are causing us to wonder if Google is going to have these phones pushed under the same name as Apple does with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Sailfish could be the standard Nexus phone for the year while Marlin is the premium model.

Source: Android Police


About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.


  • Sam

    Still no word on any SD card?

    • Justin_Herrick

      I wouldn’t expect that on this Nexus or any in the future. Google has moved away from it.

      • Pelt Hunter

        Which is a supremely bad move IMHO… Why take expandability away from customers who constantly put more and more on their phones? One can only imagine what they’re thinking.