Leaked pictures of Google's upcoming Nexus device, codenamed "Sailfish," have surfaced, showing an interesting design that has never been seen before in any of Google's previous Nexus smartphones.
Google's two Nexus smartphones for 2016, both of which will be manufactured by HTC, are among the most anticipated devices that will be released this year, in addition to Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 and Apple's iPhone 7.
Sailfish has previously revealed itself on AnTuTu benchmarks, with its rumored 5-inch display to come with 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution. The device is said to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4 GB of RAM, with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
The leaked images, acquired by Android Police, provide a look at Sailfish's externals, painting the complete picture of the device when paired with the specifications revealed by the AnTuTu benchmarks.
Android Police noted that the construction of both Sailfish and its larger counterpart, codenamed "Marlin," will use similar materials and design, with HTC to manufacture both smartphones with identical specifications aside from display size, screen resolution and battery capacity.
The image acquired by Android Police reveals a metallic device, with a dark and glossy pane surrounding the camera module and fingerprint scanner at the back of the smartphone that is believed to be made of glass.
Google's "G" logo is absent in the leaked images, but it is believed that once the smartphone enters production, the logo will be present on the device.
The Sailfish smartphone seen in the images look similar to the grainy photo that was recently uploaded by an anonymous user on Twitter, who claimed that the device looked like a cross between Google's Nexus 4 and the iPhone. The anonymous user said that a fingerprint scanner and a glass construction was at the back of the smartphone, which coincides with the leaked images acquired by Android Police.
There have also been rumors that Google's Nexus devices for this year will be coming with several color options. In addition to the dark gray option shown in the leaked images, there may be an aluminum option combined with white at the front of the smartphone. There may also be an electric blue version with a white front and a glossy blue back.
Until Google officially unveils its Nexus smartphones for this year though, none of these rumors can be confirmed. Fans of the devices might not have to wait that long, as the announcement is expected to come as soon as this month.