It's that time everybody: Nexus season. While the last substantive pieces of Nexus information we could share popped up nearly two months ago, we've finally received some tidbits about the device specifications we can give you today. Now, let's go through the AP rumor song and dance.

Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether. As with all rumors, nothing is 100% until it's officially announced.

We do not have possession of any APKs we can distribute or unreleased devices, so please don't ask for them.

Confidence level

We rate this rumor a 9 out of 10 confidence level (revised to a 9 post-Marlin leak). At this time, we lack strong corroborating evidence for the specifications of the upcoming Nexus phone - codename Sailfish (also known as "S1"), one of two devices. However, the source that has provided this information to us has proven trustworthy in the past, and we feel confident enough to publish this information based on what we have been given.

That said, we are subtracting points on this occasion because of the lack of a secondary source to confirm the information, as well as a lack of primary sources we are able to share today.

The evidence

Unfortunately, we are not able to share direct evidence from our sources, both due to the sensitive nature of that evidence and the way in which it was relayed to us. Suffice it to say, we would not publish this information if we did not feel confident in the quality of that source. Here is what we know about one of two Nexus phones, codenamed "Sailfish."

  • Manufactured by HTC
  • 5" 1080p display (~440PPI) AMOLED (revised per Marlin leak)
  • Quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor (model unknown)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 2770mAh battery
  • 32GB storage (unknown if multiple models will be available, or even if this is the base storage level)
  • 12MP rear camera, 8MP front
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • USB-C port (bottom)
  • Bottom-firing speaker or speakers (unknown if dual)
  • Top-mounted headphone jack
  • Bluetooth 4.2

The 5" display has been previously rumored - codenames for the Sailfish and Marlin early on were alleged to be T50 and T55, respectively, and we had an earlier source months back tell us that the smaller of the two phones would use a 5" display. The rest, though, is largely down to our trust of this source.

But this is what we have for now - at this time, we aren't able to confirm anything about pricing, release date, different storage/RAM configurations (or if there are any), or really anything aside from what I've told you above. We don't even know what it will be called, or if HTC's brand will be featured on the device or in marketing for the handset.

Final thoughts

The specifications provided to us by our source seem exceptionally believable. Keeping the smaller, more down-market Nexus of the two at 1080p on the display panel makes sense, and also reduces power consumption. As for everything else, well: we can hope that 32GB is now the base level storage for the introductory level Nexus phone, but we're not able to confirm that at this time - it's entirely possible a 16GB model may exist, we just don't know yet.

We will work to give you more information about the upcoming Nexus devices as we are able to get it. Until then, let the real #NexusHype begin.

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