Google Nexus 2016 Sailfish and Marlin release date, specs: Handsets to be renamed Pixel, to launch in October?


Speculations are rife regarding the release of Google’s tag team handsets dubbed the Nexus Sailfish and Marlin and reports are now saying that they will be renamed as Pixel and Pixel XL since it is said that the search engine giant will be eventually ditching the Nexus brand.

Moreover, fans are now assuming that the handsets will finally be revealed to the public next month which may well seem to be a perfect time since Apple has already rolled out their latest flagship, the iPhone 7 that many find to be packed with ho-hum specs and features that were already seen in some of its competitors.

Another good reason to introduce the Pixel phones at the aforementioned timeline is due to the fact that the South Korean behemoth Samsung is having some debacles as of late. The once believed to be successful Galaxy Note 7 phablet is now in a bad spot as there were reports about its battery pack exploding when being recharged.

Meanwhile, the Google Pixel, which was initially named Sailfish, and the Pixel XL, then codenamed as Marlin, are most likely to arrive carrying Google’s latest operating system which is the Android 7.0 Nougat and may be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset.

Furthermore, spy shots for both handsets were spotted on the web some months ago and it tallies with the aforementioned axing of the Nexus name. As per the images, the handset’s back part will have a glossy black upper portion and the lower end will don a seemingly metallic or matte finish with the “G” logo emblazoned on it.

Albeit the sparse information about the upcoming phones including Google’s equally rumored tablet, the Nexus 7, it is estimated that the two forthcoming phones will have starting prices at around $500 and $650 for the base variants of both Pixel and Pixel XL, respectively.