HTC phones in a mobile phone store in Taipei
[Representational Image] HTC Nexus phablet aka Marlin spec-sheet leaked; Tipped to come in two storage variants In Picture: A shop attendant arranges HTC phones in a mobile phone store in TaipeiReuters

Though HTC and Google are tight-lipped on the 2016 Nexus series development, rumours about their vanilla android smartphones are getting stronger with each passing day.

Last week, we saw Android Police citing credible sources revealing the key features of the Nexus 5 2016 (aka Sailfish). Now, the same tipsters have detailed the HTC's 5.5-inch Nexus phablet (aka Marlin), evoking excitement among fans.

The informer claims that HTC Marlin will have similar internal hardware as expected in the Sailfish, but would differ in two key aspects. The former will sport a bigger 5.5-inch screen with QHD (2560x1440p) resolution screen and a massive 3,450mAh battery. On the other hand, HTC Sailfish will have 5.2-inch full HD (1920x1080p) resolution and a 2,770mAh cell. It is believed that this move has been done deliberately in order to market the phones in different price segments like LG and Huawei did with Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, respectively, last year.

Both Sailfish and Marlin are said to have the same cameras (front and back), processor, RAM capacity and also boast fingerprint sensor at the rear. They are expected to come packed with 12MP dual-lens primary camera and an 8MP front snapper, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 (aka 823) or 820 and 4GB RAM.

It has also come to light that HTC Marlin will come in two storage variants — 32GB and 128GB.

There is no word on when the new HTC Sailfish and Marlin will be hit the market, but with the announcement of Android N moniker Nougat on June 30 by Google, rumour mills are buzzing that the devices may get launched in August or at least before the end of September.

Also read: Android N name revealed: New version of OS is named Android Nougat

Watch this space for more updates.

Also read: HTC Google Nexus 5 (2016) aka Sailfish specifications surface online; base variant to come with 32GB storage

Leaked specifications of HTC Nexus 5 2016 (aka Sailfish) and Nexus phablet 2016 (aka Marlin):

Models HTC Sailfish HTC Marlin
Display 5.2-inch full HD (1920x1080p) screen 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440p) screen
OS Android v7.0 Nougat Android v7.0 Nougat
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820/821 (or 823) quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820/821 (or 823) quad-core
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 32GB (base variant) 32GB (base variant) and 128GB
Camera
  • Main: 12MP camera
  • Front: 8MP camera
  • Main: 12MP camera
  • Front: 8MP camera
Battery 2,770mAh 3,450mAh
Network 4G-LTE 4G-LTE
Add-ons Fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth v4.2, USB Type C port (bottom), headphone jack (top), speakers (bottom) Fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth v4.2, USB Type C port (bottom), headphone jack (top), speakers (bottom)
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