Google has already set the trend of releasing two new Nexus devices each year ever since it announced the Motorola-made Nexus 6 as well as the HTC-made Nexus 9 in 2014. The search engine giant has repeated the process with the LG-made Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, and the latest reports suggest that the company is planning to once again unveil two new devices that carry the Nexus name this year.
The leak comes from reputable tipster Evan Blass who also goes by his Twitter handle, @evleaks. He reveals that HTC is currently working on two new Android N-powered devices that carry the model number S1 and M1, respectively. The new devices are also developed in cooperation with Google, so there’s a relatively high chance that both of them are Nexus handsets. This even looks more reliable seeing that Blass has been consistent in his accuracy regarding his leaks.
Furthermore, the internal model for HTC’s upcoming handsets could possibly be based on codenames Google plans to use for its devices, namely Marlin and Sailfish. The search engine giant has been using aquatic life for codenaming its Nexus devices. For those who still remember, the Motorola-made Nexus 6 was named “Shamu,” while it’s “Bullhead” for the Nexus 5X and “Angler” for the Huawei 6P.
It doesn’t stop there, however. A benchmark listing at Geekbench showcased what seems to be a Google Nexus 6P that somehow trailed far from the one that Huawei made for the search engine giant. The processor, as well as the results from the single-core and multi-core tests, were fitting of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset that came in with the original Nexus 6P. It also features 4GB of RAM, and it’s already running Android version N. It has been a while since HTC has developed a Nexus device for Google, so the upcoming pair of handsets may be what the Taiwanese manufacturer needs for a clean break.