Leaked Build.prop file points to HTC-built Nexus Sailfish sporting a 5.2-inch 1080p display

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While Samsung fans are waiting with anticipation for the big Galaxy Note 7 announcement on August 2nd, the purists are waiting for more details on the upcoming Nexus handsets from HTC. The Taiwanese handset maker may have let its ‘King of Android‘ crown slip in the years since it built the Nexus One, but it’s on the comeback trail, having produced the HTC 10 earlier this year. We’ve seen some previous leaks for the larger of the two Nexus handsets, ‘Marlin’ recently, but today the Build.prop of the Nexus ‘Sailfish‘ (S1) has appeared online. Join us after the break for more details.

As you might almost expect, the Build.prop file comes courtesy of serial leaker, Evan Blass, and has a build date of June 22nd, 2016, so it’s just over a month old. The document points to the Sailfish having a 5.2-inch display with 1080P resolution, a Snapdragon 820 processor (MSM8996), as well as a fingerprint scanner. While the presence of a fingerprint reader should not come as a surprise in 2016, it seems that it will sit on the rear of the handset, unlike the HTC 10 that has it on the front.

The Nexus Sailfish (S1) would appear to be the spiritual successor to the LG-build Nexus 5X with its 5.2-inch display with 1080p resolution. While it may be disappointing to some that it doesn’t boast a panel with a higher resolution, at least the Full HD display will ease the load on the processor, and hopefully aid battery life.

In case you are wondering what a Build.prop file is, it’s basically a plain text file that includes basic information about a device, guiding it through the booting process. Unfortunately, a Build.prop file can be easily altered if the device has been rooted, although the source is reputable in this case, so it’s unlikely to have been tampered with.

What do you make of the Build.prop file, and what specifications would you like the Nexus ‘Sailfish’ to feature?

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Huawei P10 and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).


  • Madcat7777

    So far so good. This is the phone I am patiently waiting for. I’ve been an HTC fan since the One X (Evita.) I currently have an M8 and I still love it. I originally planned to upgrade to the HTC 10 but then details of the Sailfish arrived. An HTC google phone? The best of both for me!