Nexus 2016 – Rumor round-up, Release Date, Specs, Pricing

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. We’re already in the third quarter of 2016, so the rumors about the upcoming Nexus smartphone are already spreading like crazy. Just like last year, it seems that Google will unveil two stock Android phones, currently going by the codenames of Sailfish and Marlin, alongside a duo of Nexus smartwatches, but that’s another story.

But back to the handset(s), there are a lot of rumors about this topic, so if you can’t wait until the launch, you’re in the right place. Here you can find all the rumors and leaks about the 2016 Nexus!

Release date

Usually, Nexus handsets are released during the fall. For example, last year’s 5X and 6P were unveiled on September 29 and started hitting the shelves in October. Most likely, Google will stick to the same schedule.

Even more, the final version of the new operating system, Android 7.0 Nougat, is expected to be released “later this summer”, according to multiple sources. Nexus phones are known for being the first devices to sport Google’s latest desserts, so a September launch is even more probable.


Until now, most major manufacturers had a shot at building a Nexus. Even Huawei, a relatively new brand, made one and it happens to be one of the best (if not the best) Android phones ever made. So who’s gonna be Google’s choice this year? Rumors are pointing to HTC.

The Taiwanese manufacturer had a horrific 2015, their flagship, One M9, being far from what we were expecting, but they’re now back in the game. HTC 10, their current top smartphone, is a pretty amazing device, on which a Nexus handset will be based on.

But let’s not forget that we’re expecting two phones, so we’re very curious to find out the second manufacturer. Earlier this year, Huawei executives claimed that they’re working on a Nexus device too, so if this turns out to be true, there’s one question left: who will make the flagship Nexus?

Our guess would be HTC. Huawei did it last year, so they have nothing to prove. Also, even though the Nexus 6P was an excellent phone, there were a lot of skeptics, claiming that…it’s a Huawei. Yeah, people still think that the Chinese manufacturer isn’t a top brand. An HTC-made Nexus might sell even better, if you ask us. It remains to be seen, though…


From this point of view, a video is worth 1000 words. Based on a set of renders created by  the folks over Android Police, YouTube channel Techconfigurations created a presentation video of Nexus Marlin and  Sailfish. You can check it out below.


OK, the point you’ve all been waiting for. According to some leaks, the Marlin will feature a 5.5” AMOLED display, with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, with 4 GB of RAM and 32 or 128 gigs of storage. There’s nothing exact about the chipset, which could be the new Snapdragon 821 or a tweaked Snapdragon 820, running at a higher speed.

Camera-wise, the Nexus Marlin will sport a 12 MP main snapper, paired with an 8 MP front-facing sensor. Finally, the battery should have a capacity of 3450 mAh and it will most likely be possible to charge it through the USB Type-C port.

Moving on to the Nexus Sailfish, the specs will point to a mid-range model. To be more specific, we’re looking forward to a 5.0” full HD phone, with a quad-core chip, alongside 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.


One of the reasons Nexus handsets are so popular is because they’re offering top notch specs at decent prices. Or, better said, they were offering top notch specs at decent prices. Last year’s Nexus 6P was far from being affordable, an aspect which created a lot of buzz among die-hard vanilla Android fans.

Most likely, Nexus Marlin will have a similar price tag, since it’s expected to be a premium phone, but we’re hoping that the Sailfish, on the other side, will be that affordable Nexus everybody will want.

And this sums it up. There’s no doubt that these two Nexus smartphones are some very interesting devices and we’re eagerly waiting for them to become official, but until then, let the waiting game begin…

What are your expectations? Any specific feature you want to see? Share your thoughts with us, using the comments section below!