Leaked! First image of HTC's Nexus Marlin!

While it is no secret that HTC is developing two new Nexus handsets code-named Marlin and Sailfish, an image of the larger Marlin which surfaced on the web has now confirmed the rumours for good.

HTC and Google are expected to announce the two new Nexus phones running Android Nougat at an event in September.

This 3D render of the next Google Nexus is just drop-dead gorgeous

Published by Tech Droider, the new image doesn't reveal much about the Marlin's design concept but does reveal a few internal features like the latest Android Nougat OS, the latest Android security patch published by Google and as per Tech Droider, 128GB of internal storage and the lack of a camera bump on the back of the handset.

The leaked image arrives just days after designers at Techconfigurations created a 3D render of Marlin which was based on existing leaks and rumours but which did not take a 3.5mm headphone jack into account.

Will there be a non-Nexus Google handset soon? Erm, NO!

As per existing leaks and rumours, this year's Nexus phone will come in two variants- one with a 5-inch display and another with a 5.5-inch one. Both variants are expected to launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and will run stock Android Nougat operating system. In the new phones, Android N will introduce the split-screen mode, a feature that has so far been implemented in tablets. Aside from being able to view and work on two apps at a time, you will also be able to view the home screen as well as all apps in both portrait and landscape modes in your Nexus phone.

At the recently concluded Code conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that Google is looking at topping up future Nexus phones with new features that won't be part of Android operating systems. He added that even though Google isn't interested in manufacturing future Nexus devices itself, it will be 'more opinionated about the design of the phones' and will take control as and when it sees a need to 'push the devices forward.'  "You’ll see us hopefully add more features on top of Android on Nexus phones. There’s a lot of software innovation to be had," he told Walt Mossberg from The Verge.

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