Earlier this week, the specs for the second Nexus smartphone that is due to launch later this summer, leaked out. This particular model is being referred to as “Marlin” and according to leaks and rumors that have surfaced, it is the second of two Nexus devices being developed by HTC with Google. This Nexus smartphone looks to be the successor to the Nexus 6P, which Google launched with Huawei last year. Specs that leaked out already, point towards it sporting a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, with a 12-megapixel rear shooter and a 8-megapixel front-facing shooter. All powered by a 3450mAh battery. Which means this device will be slightly smaller than the Nexus 6P which sported a 5.7-inch display.
Now that the name for the next version of Android has officially been announced as Android 7.0 Nougat, it means we are close to the final release of Android 7.0, and new Nexus devices. Which also means that it’s time for them to begin appearing on benchmarking sites like Geekbench. Unfortunately, Geekbench doesn’t give us a ton of information on the Marlin device, but it does show that this is running Android N, and is sporting a Qualcomm quad-core processor clocked at 1.59GHz (remember, the Snapdragon 820 is a quad-core processor with two cores clocked at 2.15GHz and two clocked at 1.6GHz), along with about 4GB of RAM. The scores that Geekbench shows here, are pretty close to what we see from current devices running the Snapdragon 820 along with 4GB of RAM.
This adds more confirmation to the specs that already surfaced on the Marlin, but this still needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Benchmarks can easily be faked to show false specs, as well as names. So until Google unveils the next set of Nexus devices, we urge everyone to take these rumors and leaks with a grain of salt. Especially since Google and HTC are likely working with a few different prototypes and they will all be benchmarked at some point. Google is expected to announce the next-generation of Nexus devices around August or September.