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This HTC Nexus 2016 leak is really bad news for customers

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Google’s rumoured HTC Nexus 2016 smartphones could be significantly more expensive than last year’s handset duo.

The next round of Nexus smartphones could cost as much as 20% more than the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, which were released late last year. That’s according to a new report by fansite NexusBlog, which cites internal sources within HTC, the Taiwanese manufacturer rumoured to be producing both Nexus smartphones this year.

The article claims that the mid-range phone, codename ‘Sailfish’, will retail for $449, which is far higher than the Nexus 5X’s $380 launch price – that’s an 18% rise, in fact. In UK currency, that translates to a lowlier bump from the launch price of £339 to a direct currency conversion of £342 – but a direct conversion is very unlikely.

The flagship smartphone, codename ‘Marlin’, is even more wallet-fondling, with a reported price of $599, which is up 20% from the Nexus 6P launch price of $500. In the UK, the Nexus 6P launched at £449, and a direct conversion puts the new price at £457 – we’re guessing it will be far higher in reality, especially considering the recent Brexit-led exchange rate woes.

Google is expected to debut both handsets at a launch event in October, although details are still shaky. As always, take this leak, and any other pre-launch report, with due caution.

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