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Google’s HTC Nexus (2016) revealed in early spec leak

Google’s next Nexus phone isn’t expected to launch for a number of months, but it may already have leaked online.

A mystery Google Nexus smartphone has been partially revealed on benchmarking site Geekbench. A benchmark test readout reveals details for a handset called ‘Google Marlin’, which is the rumoured codename for the mooted HTC Nexus M1.

The handset is listed as running on Google’s latest – and beta-only – Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. It also features a quad-core Qualcomm chip, likely to be the Snapdragon 820, and 4GB of RAM.

Nexus 6PGoogle’s Nexus 6P (2015), built by Huawei

Google is expected to unveil two Nexus handsets later this year. It’s rumoured that we’ll see a 5-inch HTC Nexus S1 and a 5.5-inch HTC Nexus M1.

This wouldn’t be the first time Google has worked with HTC. The company produced the ill-fated Nexus 9 tablet, which was tepidly received by critics.

Google has also been rumoured to be working on its own custom-built smartphone outside of the Nexus range, although we’re not convinced of the legitimacy of these claims.

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