Google Nexus Marlin and Nexus Sailfish release date: specs, features and design rumors

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It has been a year since the last Nexus phones were released, and now, tech experts are saying that consumers will only have to wait a few more weeks or so before two new Nexus smartphones will make their highly anticipated debut.

The new phones, dubbed as the Nexus Marlin and Nexus Sailfish, are expected to have slight improvements over their predecessors, and several leaked renders this week show that the phones will have different sizes and build materials.

The Nexus Sailfish is reportedly the smaller of the two devices, with a two-tone glass back over a plastic frame. The Nexus Marlin is said to have a glass back over a metal frame, and both Nexus devices are expected to have a circular fingerprint scanner at the back.

According to Phone Arena, both devices might not come with the usual Nexus branding as rumors claim that the phones could simply have the Google name imprinted at the back of the phones.

The Nexus Marlin is said to have a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels, while the Nexus Sailfish is expected to have a screen which will be anywhere from 5 to 5.2 inches and a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. Both are expected to have curved edges.

The new Nexus devices will likely be powered by Snapdragon 820 chipsets with 4 GB of random access memory (RAM). The Marlin and Sailfish are expected to come with no less than 32 GB of internal memory, but 64 GB versions could also be offered along with the standard models. Both smartphones are expected to have the same kind of cameras a 13-megapixel rear-facing main camera, and an 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

As for the operating system, both the Nexus Marlin and Sailfish are expected to come preinstalled with Android 7.0 Nougat. The devices are rumored to come with new features, such as a Night Light feature which will allow users to customize the blue light filter to activate at predetermined hours.

It is expected that pricing for the Nexus Sailfish and Nexus Marlin won’t be different from last year’s Nexus 6P and 5X, with the Nexus Sailfish estimated to cost $379 for the 32 GB model, while the Nexus Marlin could be priced at $499 for the 32 GB version. Both are expected to be released on the first week of September.