The rumours for the Nexus phone, or phones as the case may be after last years dual launch is heating up, with new rumours surfacing today that HTC is currently working on two phones for Google called the ‘M1 and S1’.
The HTC rumours have been circulating for some time, with the original leak talking about a 3-year deal for the Taiwanese manufacturer contracted to build Nexus devices for Google. This mornings rumour, started with noted internet leaker Evan Blass through his @evleaks Twitter account when he tweeted out this gem, certainly adds some high level credence to those early rumours:
HTC is building a pair of Android N devices for Google internally dubbed M1 and S1 #nexus
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 27, 2016
The rumour is also seemingly being confirmed by the team over at Android Police, who believe that the devices are being developed under the codenames Marlin And Sailfish, backed up by references to ‘Marlin’ by a Qualcomm engineer in the Google Code-source.
Further evidence is also mounting, with a GeekBench entry surfacing after Evans Tweet was sent out of a ‘Nexus 6P’ with a quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM and Android N on board, as well as the rather telling Motherboard name of ‘Marlin’. The device also scored a markedly different score than previous Nexus 6P phones have in the past.
The rumours for the next round of HTC built Nexus devices focus again on a dual launch, with two screen sizes – 5″ and 5.5″ – rumoured to be announced. The dual launch strategy worked last time for Google with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, though the smaller 5″ model could certainly do with being given a premium ‘5P’ version this year.
Stick this one in the ‘pretty solid’ bin with the rest of the rumours folks and we’ll see how this plays out.