Google Nexus 2016 release date: HTC Sailfish and Marlin to launch in October with Android 7. 1 Nougat, 4 GB RAM

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Rumors are rife that the next-generation Google Nexus devices, dubbed HTC Nexus Sailfish and HTC Nexus Marlin, may arrive imminently alongside Android 7.1 Nougat.

According to BGR, several sources have claimed that following the recent launch of the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, its first maintenance release (MR) update will be preinstalled in the two new Nexus phones.

A Reddit user going by the name QuestionsEverythang was first to share that the tech giant was apparently testing the Android 7.1 build. Android Police reporter David Ruddock later revealed on Twitter that, “Looks like the new Nexus phones will launch with Android 7.1, which is now confirmed to be Nougat’s MR1 release.”

Meanwhile, another insider Nathan Benis has said that Android 7.1 may arrive around the same time as last year. The current version of Android N being delivered to available Nexus devices is apparently based on Developer Preview 5 and does not have any of the so-called proprietary features they have been leaking previously.

It is assumed that the missing features will be included in the upgraded version of the software. The anticipated features include the Nexus Launcher, Google Assistant and even the redesigned Android home button. Those who are subscribed to the Android Beta program are predicted to get the MR1 release first as compared to the general public. However, it remains to be seen if it comes to fruition.

When it comes to specifications, the Sailfish is believed to be Nexus 5X’s successor as it sports a 5-inch screen with a 1080p resolution, while Marlin will be its bigger version with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display. Under the hood, they will have identical components such as the Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with 4 GB of random access memory (RAM).

In terms of storage capacity, the Sailfish will come with a base 16 GB model and a 32 GB variant. Meanwhile, the Marlin will have a higher 32 GB base model and a 128 GB version. They will also differ in battery capacity as the former has 2,770 mAh while the latter has 3,450 mAh.

The Google Nexus 2016 smartphones are deemed to be priced at $449 and $599, respectively, with a potential release window this October.

Since there is no official announcement yet, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.