Nexus Marlin vs Nexus Sailfish: What’s the rumoured difference?

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Google tends to launch its Nexus devices towards the latter half of the year, normally around September/October.

This year’s models have been codenamed Marlin and Sailfish and despite being a couple of months away from hitting the shelves, rumours and leaks have been churning constantly.

This is how the Nexus Marlin currently compares to the Nexus Sailfish, based on the latest rumours.


There has been very little leaked in regards to the next Nexuses designs, at least in comparison to what we appear to know about the specs.

The majority of the rumours point towards HTC manufacturing both however, which has led many to believe the HTC 10 will be a starting point for at least Marlin, which is rumoured to be the bigger and more powerful device.

We’d expect a full metal body on at least Marlin and a fingerprint sensor on both devices.

As mentioned, the Nexus Marlin is said to be the bigger of the two devices being compared here. It is rumoured to be coming with a 5.5-inch display sporting a 2560 x 1440 resolution and AMOLED technology. This would deliver a pixel density of 534ppi.

The Nexus Sailfish is said to be slightly smaller at 5-inches with a lower resolution of 1920 x 1080. If true, the Sailfish would offer a lower pixel density of 440ppi, meaning it may not be the one to pick for those interested in VR and Daydream.


The Nexus Marlin is reported to be coming with a 12-megapixel rear camera, coupled with an 8-megapixel front facing camera. This would be the same resolutions as the Nexus 6P from last year, which delivered good camera results. Whether it will be exactly the same sensors however is currently unclear.

As yet, there have been no details on the Nexus Sailfish cameras. Given this is claimed to be the lower-specced device though, we would expect a similar difference between Marlin and Sailfish as there was between the 6P and the 5X.

The 5X offered the same rear snapper, but dropped the front camera’s resolution to 5-megapixels.

The Nexus Marlin is rumoured to be coming with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, which is said to be a slightly enhanced version of the SD820. Reports suggest to expect 4GB of RAM, along with 32GB and 128GB storage options.


The Nexus Sailfish is reported to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 under its hood, suggesting the Marlin will be slightly faster. The RAM is claimed to be the same at 4GB, but it sounds like there will only be a 32GB model for the Sailfish. Neither is likely to offer microSD as Nexus hasn’t ever in the past.

In terms of battery, the Nexus Marlin is rumoured to be coming with a 3450mAh capacity, while the Sailfish is said to be smaller at 2770mAh.

It is no secret that the Nexus devices debut the latest version of Android, which this year is called Android Nougat. There are several developer builds of the software out now so we know plenty about it already, even though the final build won’t release until Marlin and Sailfish.

Both devices will offer exactly the same user experience, with vanilla Android 7.0stealing the show. You can read all about Android Nougat and what to expect in our preview.


Details are still a little thin on the ground when it comes to the design of the next Nexus devices, but based on the leaks, it looks like the Nexus Marlin will be the more powerful of the two handsets.

Currently, assuming the leaks are accurate, Marlin trumps Sailfish in terms of display size and resolution, battery capacity, processor and storage capabilities. However, the big difference will be price. As with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, we expect Marlin to challenge flagships, while Sailfish presents a slightly more affordable device.

This may all change nearer launch though and we will be updating this feature, as well as our next Nexus rumour round up as we hear more so keep checking back for the latest.




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