It looks like previous rumours about HTC building at least one of the 2016 Nexus phones could be correct. According to Android Police, HTC is working on a 5″ Nexus phone codenamed Sailfish, so without further delay here are the specs as they are known.
- 5″ FHD (1920 x 1080) display @ 440 ppi
- Quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB storage
- 12MP rear camera
- 8MP front
- Fingerprint scanner (rear mounted same as Nexus 5X and 6P)
- USB-C port
- Headphone jack
- Bottom firing speaker
- Bluetooth 4.2
- 2,770 mAh battery
These specs suggest that the 5″ Sailfish will once again be a more mid-range Nexus device. With Daydream on the horizon, and most VR pedants agreeing that QWDH (2560 x 1440) displays are superior for that purpose it’s unlikely Google won’t have a WQHD Nexus option. The sources weren’t able to shed any light on different variations of storage, colour or the pricing and release data information.
Last year’s Nexus 5X was met with mixed opinions. For some, the device was plagued by poor performance and constant issues making the device all but unusable. For others, they swore by their ‘little Nexus’. One thing is for sure we hope that the full package of this year’s 5″ Nexus is as revolutionary as the original LG Nexus 5 was.
In the blog post announcement for the 4th release of the Android N Developer Preview, Google hinted at a consumer release of Android N before the end of the US Summer.
As we put the finishing touches on the next release of Android, which will begin to roll out to consumers later this summer.
If true that means we could be seeing Android N make its formal arrival before September 22nd, the first Day of the US Autumn. This lines up with Google recent late September hardware release dates so we’re hopeful that on or before that date all will be revealed.
Are you a smaller-phone fan? How is the Nexus Sailfish shaping up for you? Let us know in the comments.