HTC to make Nexus phones: 6 things to expect

HTC has just clinched a three-year deal to exclusively manufacture Nexus devices, a deal that we presume a lot of manufacturers would pledge their lives for.

This means that not only will HTC manufacture Nexus phones running Android N, but also flagship Nexus phones and tablets running the next two versions of Android!

Your next Nexus device could have the HTC logo

HTC has been involved in the Nexus project before, having manufactured Nexus One in 2010 and Nexus 9 tablet two years ago. Since January, rumours about HTC manufacturing two new Nexus devices this year have been doing the rounds as well.

The fact that HTC will manufacture the next Nexus phones was leaked on Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter. As per the report, the two upcoming Nexus phones will have, much like the Nexus 5X and 6P, 5-inch and 5.5-inch displays. The news, if true, should come as a shot in the arm for HTC as the Taiwanese phone maker has been facing mounting losses over the years thanks to lack of sales.

Hands on: Google Nexus 9

However, HTC has earned its stripes when it comes to designing and manufacturing Nexus devices. The Nexus 9 tablet was, at the time of its launch, the best Android tablet on offer, impressing critics with Dual Boom sound feature, a 2K display, a super-fast Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, brushed aluminium edging to the soft touch plastic back as well as being the first tablet to run Android 5.0 Lollipop at its purest.

Similarly, Nexus One, the first Nexus phone, also impressed users with its luxurious display, super-fast processor, a decent camera and new features like GPS and digital compass, even though the battery life wasn't exactly outstanding.

More rumours surface!

While Weibo is indeed a brilliant source of leaks on upcoming Chinese phones, tablets or other devices, @evleaks ensures that he is never left behind when it comes to leaking future devices on Twitter. When it came to confirming that HTC will indeed manufacture future Nexus devices, he decided to come up with names of the new phones as well!

Android Police followed up by claiming that M1 and S1 are in fact code names for Marlin and Sailfish which are nothing by internal model names used by Google. This is further corroborated by the fact that Google always chooses internal model names for its phones after aquatic species. While Nexus 5 was named Hammerhead, Nexus 6 was christened Shamu and the new Nexus 5X and 6P phones were named Bullhead and Angler.


Six things to expect from future Nexus devices manufactiured by HTC:

As per existing leaks, rumours and confirmed facts, here are six things that we should expect from the next Nexus phones manufactured by HTC:

HTC will manufacture two Nexus phones this year that will launch with Android N.

While the smaller Nexus phone will feature a 5-inch display, the other one will be a phablet with a 5.5-inch display.

The new Nexus phones might be named Marlin and Sailfish, but these will be internal model names assigned to them by Google and commercial names could be totally different, like M1 and S1.

The upcoming Nexus phones may feature the latest Snapdragon 820 processor but things could take a turn if Google, like Apple, decides to try Intel's modem chips which offer faster download and upload speeds.

These will probably be the first premium phones manufactured by HTC where the Taiwanese phone maker won't apply its own Sense UI over the Android interface.

The new Nexus phones are expected to be unveiled by Google in September, not long after the official unveiling of Android N.


Here's a list of companies who have manufactured Nexus devices since Nexus One took shape:

Nexus One


Nexus S


Galaxy Nexus


Nexus 4


Nexus 5


Nexus 6


Nexus 5X


Nexus 6P


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  1. Guest
    Guest9th Mar 2016

    Do you have some verifiable confirmation of this? I've seen a lot of unconfirmed reports but nothing verifiable and announced by either Google or HTC.

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