What is reportedly the first image of the upcoming HTC Nexus Marlin has leaked. The photo confirms it will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat and the device shown is said to include 128 GB of internal storage.

The three biggest players in the mobile world are getting ready to launch new flagship smartphones and two are putting the final touches on their next-generation mobile operating systems.

Samsung has scheduled a press event on Aug. 2 and will officially unveil the Galaxy Note 7 and some reports claim it will also release the handset on that day. The phablet is expected to boast a curved 5.7-inch display, iris scanner, 4 GB of RAM, and waterproof case among its top features.

Apple will follow Samsung and launch the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro in September and recently leaked images appear to confirm reports that the handsets will drop the standard 3.5 mm headphone port. The new iPhones will be the first devices from Apple to ship with iOS 10 out of the box.

Google is expected to follow Apple by launching Android 7.0 Nougat and two new Nexus smartphones manufactured by HTC. The handsets have been codenamed Marlin and Sailfish and have already made appearances on various benchmarking sites.

Now, an image of what is reportedly the HTC Nexus Marlin has leaked, and the source has revealed some new details regarding the Nexus 6P successor.

As you can see in the image above, the HTC Nexus Marlin has been placed into a protective case to cover up its design. The photo shows its model number is listed as "marlin," is running Android 7.0 Nougat and has received the July Android security update.

The source at Techdroider claims the handset shown includes 128 GB of internal storage and is a full metal device with no protruding rear camera, and it looks like the current HTC 10 with a fingerprint scanner on its rear.

The HTC Nexus Marlin will reportedly use the same camera sensors as those found on the Nexus 6P, which packs in a 12-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front-facing shooter for selfies and video chat. In terms of processor, the device will reportedly feature a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (Snapdragon 820 or 821) and 4 GB of RAM (like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7). The source also claims it will ship with a 3,450 mAh battery, which is the same capacity as the battery in the Nexus 6P.

As always, it's best to take reports of unannounced and highly anticipated smartphones with a grain of salt for now. We'll keep you posted on any additional details on the HTC Nexus Marlin and Sailfish.

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