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The next HTC-made Nexus could have a 5-inch screen

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Earlier this year, HTC was essentially confirmed as the maker of the next generation of Nexus phones — codenamed at Google as Marlin and Sailfish. Now, Android Police is following up on its initial report with rumors of what we can expect to see built into the Sailfish. We’ve got:

  • 5-inch, 1080p display
  • Quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor
  • 4GB RAM, 32GB storage
  • 2770 mAh battery
  • 12-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • USB-C port
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Top-mounted headphone jack

Android Police gives its speculation an eight out of 10 on the reliability scale, so I suppose that’s resounding enough? Hopefully we’ll get more concrete details and maybe even a photo leak soon.

Meanwhile, these specs show some interesting decisions on HTC's part. Its move to keep the headphone jack goes against Apple and other companies' work to rid our world of traditional headphones. The iPhone 7, for instance, is rumored to come without a headphone jack and LeEco launched three jack-less phones earlier this year. You're going to love dongles and Bluetooth. That being said, the new Nexus does fit into the small-is-back phone trend. The iPhone SE had Apple retreating from its 6 and 6S Plus and moving back to a 4-inch screen. Such trends.

HTC last manufactured the Nexus 9 for Google, which wasn't great, but its original Nexus One was actually good, so maybe Sailfish and Marlin will be the re-do HTC needs.