I don’t know why companies even bother holding launch events for smartphones anymore. All of the most anticipated smartphone unveiling are usually preceded by a series of leaks… and the upcoming Google Nexus and Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone launches are no different.
We already have a pretty good idea of what to expect from each… but new benchmark results provide some confirmation about the upcoming 5.5 inch Nexus phone from HTC and a few leaked pictures are giving us our first good look at the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
According to Evan Blass (@evleaks), the Galaxy Note 7 will have a 5.7 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel AMOLED display, an iris scanner, microSD card slot, IP68 waterproof design, and 12MP rear and 5MP front cameras.
Now he’s also posted a few pictures that confirm the name, give us a look at the phone’s design, and suggest that at least some models will have a display that curves around the edge of the Galaxy Note 7, suggesting that we might be looking at a Galaxy Note 7 Edge.
Meanwhile, SamMobile noticed a listing for a Galaxy Note 7 screen protector which includes pictures of the bottom of the phone, showing that it will have a USB Type-C port.
Google/HTC Nexus “Marlin”
Rumor has it that HTC is building two Nexus smartphones for Google. A model code-named “Sailfish” is expected to have a 5 inch 1080p display, a quad-core 64-bit processor, and a USB Type-C port, among other features.
The other is a 5.5 inch model code-named “Marlin,” which is said to have a 2560 x 1440 pixel display and a bigger battery.
A device called “Google Marlin” recently showed up at the Geekbench website, and it’s described as having 4GB of RAM, Android N software, and a 1.6 GHz quad-core ARMv8 processor from Qualcomm.
The CPU speed is a little perplexing, as the Snapdragon 820 chip that powers many of the latest flagship phones supports clock speeds up to 2.2 GHz. It’s possible that the Geekbench listing is wrong or that the phone is using an unannounced chip. It’s also possible that someone faked the results… it’s always best to take leaks like this with a grain of salt.