Nexus Sailfish vs Nexus 5X: What’s the rumoured difference?

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Google is set to launch a couple of Nexus devices before the end of 2016, both of which are reported to be made by HTC and both of which will be the poster boys for Android Nougat.

The two devices have been codenamed Sailfish and Marlin and they have already seen several leaks regarding their specs grace the internet.

This is how the Nexus Sailfish compares to the Nexus 5X, based on the speculation.


The Nexus 5X is a small and compact device that has a polycarbonate rear available in three colour options. It measures 147 x 72.6 x 7.9mm and weighs just 136g. There is a fingerprint sensor on the rear, USB Type-C for charging and it is made by LG.

There haven’t been a great deal of rumours surrounding the Nexus Sailfish’s design as yet, though it has been claimed it will be the smaller of the two reported devices and made by HTC.

We’d also expect it to be the less premium of the two devices if last year is anything to go by, but a fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C are both likely again.

If Marlin, the larger rumoured handset, features an all metal build like the HTC 10, we’d wouldn’t be surprised to see the Sailfish adopt cheaper materials, perhaps following in the path of the HTC Desire range.


The Nexus 5X has a 5.2-inch display that features a Full HD resolution for a pixel density of 423ppi. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The Nexus Sailfish is rumoured to be coming with a slightly smaller 5-inch display that is also said to offer a 1920 x 1080 resolution for a pixel density of 440ppi.

If this is the case, the Sailfish should offer a sharper image thanks to the increase in pixels per inch, though the difference won’t be noticeable to the human eye. We’d expect Gorilla Glass 3 again, if not perhaps Gorilla Glass 4.


The Nexus 5X has a 12.3-megapixel rear camera, coupled with a 5-megapixel front camera. Both have an aperture of f/2.0 and the rear camera comes with IR laser-assisted auto-focus, along with a dual flash.

Unlike the Nexus Marlin, the spec leak for the Nexus Sailfish didn’t reveal what camera could be on board the new device. That said, last year, the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X had the same camera capabilities on the rear so perhaps the same will be the case for the Sailfish and Marlin.

The Marlin is rumoured to come with a 12-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera, which is the same as the Nexus 6P in terms of resolution. Whether the Sailfish will see an increase from 5-megapixels is unclear, but a 12-megapixel rear camera feels like a good bet at the moment.


The Nexus 5X has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, supported by 2GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. There is a 2700mAh battery running the show, charged via USB Type-C as we mentioned previously.

The Nexus Sailfish is thought to be coming with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It has been claimed the battery will increase to 2770mAh and USB Type-C will once again be on board.

Nexus doesn’t do microSD support within its devices so don’t expect that to change for the Sailfish.


The Nexus 5X launched on Android Marshmallow, while the Nexus Sailfish will arrive on Android Nougat.

Nexus devices offer a vanilla Android experience meaning there is no bloatware and are updated to the latest software almost immediately after its release.

We know quite a bit about Android Nougat already thanks to the public betas, although here have been a couple of other rumours surrounding Sailfish and Marlin’s software. Reports suggest we might see a new launcher and a new gesture for opening notifications with the fingerprint sensor.

Either way though, the Nexus 5X and Nexus Sailfish will no doubt offer a very similar software experience, if not identical.


Based on the speculation, it looks like the Nexus Sailfish will be a little smaller than the Nexus 5X, but improve on its hardware and performance, including a faster processor and larger battery.

We know the Nexus Sailfish will launch with Android Nougat and it will arrive before the end of the year but everything else is still up in the air.

We will continue to update this features as more leaks and information appears so keep your eye out.




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