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This HTC Nexus 2016 leak is really bad news for customers

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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