Sure, the notion that HTC will be designing 2016’s Nexus devices has been passed around for a few months, but now this rumor is becoming less of a rumor. Thanks to the efforts of some trusted leakers, we now have the knowledge that there are indeed two devices on Google’s launch list for 2016, and they’re code named “Marlin” and “Sailfish,” aka M1 and S1.
Not much more is known at this point, but judging by how 2015 went, we can probably expect the same thing this year: a premium device and a more budget friendly device. While it’ll be difficult for any OEM to follow in the footsteps of the Nexus 6P, the HTC 10 does reassure us of HTC’s ability to produce a compelling device. Undoubtedly, there will be some features, not only present in the 10, but native to HTC’s design language that will transfer to these new devices. Boom Sound may be present (either the two front facing speakers, or the tweeter, subwoofer combo present in the 10), we may see a front mounted fingerprint sensor, as opposed to the back mounted ones of last year, we may have an LCD 5 display rather than AMOLED, and a center mounted camera instead of the black visor across the top.
After last year’s line up, HTC has a tall order to fill. Prior to the release of the HTC 10, we all scoffed at an HTC Nexus phone, but now, I’m sure many of us are singing a new tune. Of course avid HTC fans are cheering them on, as well as people who just want to see the company flourish, so all eyes are on HTC to continue the legacy of the Nexus phone line.