Report: Specs leak out for HTC-built 'Marlin' Nexus phone

This flagship offers a bigger screen, higher resolution, and larger battery capacity in comparison to the smaller "Sailfish" model.

The latest fish tale involving Nexus devices tells us about a giant Marlin that may soon rule the Android sea.

A new report offers specs about what should be the bigger of the upcoming pair of Nexus phones to be built in partnership with HTC.

  • Quad-core, Qualcomm processor (specific chip not detailed)
  • 5.5-inch quad HD (2560x1440) AMOLED display
  • USB-C port
  • 12MP rear camera, 8MP front
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 3450 mAh battery
  • Bottom-facing speakers
  • 32 and 128GB of storage options
  • Bluetooth 4.2

In essence, the specs are very similar to the “Sailfish model” with the exception of the screen size, battery, and resolution (5-inch 1080p screen, and 2770 mAh battery for the smaller model).

With detailed specs this early, we’re bound to see some leaks at some point before Google makes an official announcement. So stay tuned as the rumor mill gets churning.

Why this matters: For Android purists, Nexus phones are the enshrinement of smartphone perfection. No carrier or manufacturer bloatware, updates directly from Google, and no carrier lock-in. HTC has a reputation for making good hardware, though the camera capability hasn’t been as impressive compared to other OEMs. That could be the key differentiator as to whether these Nexus phones will be worth an upgrade or if you should look around elsewhere.

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