A new report by Android Police claims to have leaked the upcoming successor to the Nexus 5X’s specs, codenamed “Sailfish” or “S1”. These specs are speculated to be the ones assigned to this particular device since if they were part of an upcoming Nexus, they’d be appropriate for a Nexus 5 3.
Here’s a full list of the specs leaked.
- Manufactured by HTC
- 5″ 1080p display (~440PPI)
- 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
Obviously, there’s been plenty of rumors that HTC is building the next Nexus devices, so that first spec is no surprise. The smaller 5-inch display, however, is as the current Nexus 5X sports a 5.2-inch display, so that would mean a downsize in screen real estate. However, the resolution would remain the same at 1080p, so a crispier picture would be displayed.
A quad-core processor makes much sense alongside 4GB of RAM, as the current 5X sports a quad-core Snapdragon 808 alongside 2GB of RAM. This would mean a probable upgrade in processor model and a double in RAM. That will make for a much snappier experience throughout the device, which would be very welcome since it’s been reported that speed on the 5X isn’t all that great.
It appears that the same camera setup will be built into this new Nexus alongside Bluetooth 4.2, a speaker on the bottom, a USB-C port, and 32GB of storage standard. The rumored 2770mAh battery, however, would be different from the current Nexus 5X as this cell is 70mAh bigger. Of course, that probably won’t result to too much of a difference, however it’s still nice to see a bigger battery pack built inside the next Nexus.
Something interesting found in these leaked specs is the whispers that the fingerprint sensor on the third-gen Nexus 5 will be on the back like the 5X. This would be a different design than HTC is used to as each of their smartphones to date which feature such a level of security have the sensor mounted to the front as a part of a pretty large chin. None of us would mind a rear-mounted reader, however this would just be uncharted territory for the HTC 10 manufacturer.
All in all, these specs seem pretty legit. I couldn’t see them being a part of the flagship Nexus for 2016, however a secondary device would take advantage of them pretty well. Of course nothing is set in stone yet and all these specifications could easily be changed or even completely false by the time the next Nexus devices launch, however as of now it appears we’re getting our first look into what Google has in store for the remaining part of this year.
What’s your take on these leaked specs? Are they legit? Let us know in the comments!