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Has Google’s HTC Nexus 2016 design just been revealed?

A new render purporting to show the design of Google and HTC’s new 2016 Nexus phones, codenamed Sailfish and Marlin, is making the rounds – and it’s giving us a serious case of nostalgia.

The mock-up is the work of Android Police and is apparently based on information gleaned from a “reliable source”. The site gives the rumour an 80% credibility rating, and however unofficial, the concept is certainly good enough to pass as an early press render to our eye.

Of course, the final design is likely to vary – at least by a bit, and maybe by a lot. But what’s really striking about the concept is that it reminds us of an old friend in the LG-made Google Nexus 4.

Related: HTC Nexus 2016 news, rumours, specs, release date and price

Is Google going to go back to future this year? By way of comparison, here’s what the Nexus 4 looked like when it went on sale way back when.

White Nexus 4

We’ll have to wait and see. What we do think we know is that the 2016 Nexus range will feature 5-inch and 5.5-inch variants, run Android 7.0 Nougat, and pack a quad-core Qualcomm chip (likely the Snapdragon 820) under the hood in addition to 4GB of RAM.

That put it on a par with the best flagship devices of 2016, even if it is likely to be usurped early next year when other manufacturers unveil their latest premium handsets.

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