First real photo of the HTC Nexus ‘Sailfish’ has finally leaked

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Real image of the HTC Nexus ‘Sailfish’ (Image: Android Police)

We have seen many leaked renders of what the 2016 Nexus phones might look like, but now we finally have an actual photo of the HTC Nexus ‘Sailfish’ at our hands.

An image leaked by Android Police gives us an exclusive look at one of the most anticipated phones of 2016. The leaked images falls in line with previously leaked renders, with the device featuring a combined metal and glass construction.

Since not so long ago, most device manufacturers have started drifting towards a metal unibody construction, while Samsung is sticking with a glass and metal frame design for its flagships. But it looks like Google might be trying a different approach this time around. The images evidently show the new Nexus phone to have half-glass and half-metal back panel, with the fingerprint reader built in the glass half. These images also lack the ‘G’ logo on the back as shown off in the render. But these images could be of an internal testing unit, and Google will probably add the logo to the final production unit.

On the front side, we can see that Google has gotten rid of the stereo speakers that powered the Nexus 6P, 5X, as well as the Nexus 6. Again, this conforms previous rumors about the device. Although being manufactured by HTC, one would expect it to have BoomSound speakers.

Nexus 2016 Early Render

Nexus 2016 Early Render

In terms of overall design, the 2016 looks a lot alike the Nexus 4. Although the Nexus 4 was a fan favorite, it looks like the new Nexus might not receive the same level of appreciation. Nexus enthusiasts have already started tweeting and commenting about their strong dislike towards the design of upcoming Nexus phones. Although these pictures are of the smaller 5” variant, keep in mind that there is no difference in terms design between the 5” and the bigger variant (codenamed ‘Marlin’). So the bigger variant will look exactly the same as the one in these images.

Personally, I am quite disappointed on the aesthetics of this year’s Nexus phones. This would have been an excellent opportunity for HTC to gain some ground in the smartphone market again. But as far as aesthetics of the device are concerned, they blew it. Let’s just hope that these devices don’t suffer from performance issues like the HTC Nexus 9 did.

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