Although it has not been confirmed officially that HTC is making two smartphones for Google in 2016, the growing evidence means the eventual announcement is little more than a formality. Now filings linked to the two devices have been placed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the US communications regulator.
The forthcoming Nexus smartphones have been codenamed Sailfish and Marlin, while the documents submitted to the FCC refer to one device with a model reference of G-2PW4100, and another listed as G-2PW2100.
Although there are no specs listed, most telling amongst the FCC filings is a documents relating to the manuals. HTC has specified to that FCC that user guides for both devices will be available from the Nexus support website.
No release date for either the HTC Nexus Marlin or the HTC Nexus Sailfish has been announced, although there has been speculation that Android 7.0 Nougat – the next version of Google’s mobile operating system – could launch sometime this month.
Although in recent times new versions of Android have been accompanied by Nexus hardware, that will not necessarily be the case this time round.
There are rumours indicating that the HTC Nexus Marlin and HTC Nexus Sailfish could launch on the 4 October. If this proves correct, it would mean the 2016 Nexus smartphones would debut at a similar time of the year to their predecessors.
However, the 4 October release date has not been confirmed by Google. One possible scenario is that the HTC Nexus Marlin and HTC Nexus Sailfish will be demonstrated in August alongside Android Nougat, but then will not go on sale until 4 October.
But whilst there may be a lot of unknowns as far as release dates are concerned, a considerable amount of information as already leaked about the two 2016 Nexus smartphones, so there is unlikely to be many surprises in store.
Detailed specs of both devices have been reported ahead of their official unveiling. The HTC Nexus Marlin will be powered by a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and include a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 AMOLED display, 12 megapixel main camera, 8 MP selfie camera and 4 GB RAM.
The HTC Nexus Sailfish will feature a 5-inch 1080p display and include internals similar to its larger sibling.