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HTC Nexus smartphones may feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 821

HTC could be working on two smartphones for Google, which feature specs that will better most other 2016 flagships. Reports out of India say that the new smartphones will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, rather than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 that has been used in most premium smartphones this year.

For some time now there have been strong rumours that HTC are making a pair of smartphones for Google. These devices are reported to have the code names Marlin and Sailfish, and it seems likely that they will be released under Google’s Nexus brand.

Although Android Wafer believes that the rumours about HTC working on smartphones for Google have substance, it is important to separate this information from speculation around specs, particularly at this relatively early stage.

At present, there is nothing to back up the early reports that HTC’s Marlin and Sailfish offerings will carry the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. But if the two devices do feature the chipset, then they could prove to be some of the best-performing mainstream smartphones on the market.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 is not likely to have any significant advantages over its predecessor, with a 2.3 GHz clock speed – as opposed to the 2.2 GHz clock speed of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 – being the main difference.

However, Nexus devices tend to perform very well, as unlike products from the manufacturers such as Samsung and LG, for instance, they run stock Android. This clean install of Google’s mobile operating system, combined with a faster clock speed than other 2016 flagships, could provide HTC’s 2016 Nexus smartphones with a performance advantage.

[via The Central News Agency]