How will the HTC 10 influence this year’s Nexus phones?
The HTC 10 is here and it is very impressive. The handset, while familiar looking, is a big step forward for the company with vastly improved imaging technology, awesome audio performance and brilliant software. The battery life on the HTC 10 is also exceptional -- easily on a par with the biggest and best phones around right now.
HTC is heir apparent for Google’s 2016 Nexus Phones as well. Multiple reports now claim HTC is the company behind not just one, but two Nexus phones for 2016 — phones that are currently codenamed Sailfish and Marlin.
But how much of the HTC 10 will come across to the Nexus 2016 phone? Is it going to be based around the HTC 10 or feature a brand new design? Because it is HTC it will likely feature an all-metal chassis alongside Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 CPU and between 4 and 6GB of RAM.
Nevertheless, as 2016 moves forwards it is looking increasingly likely that Google’s 2016 Nexus phones — or, at least one of them — will feature Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 821 CPU, a slightly modified version of the Snapdragon 820, which Qualcomm says is 10% faster.
Although things have the potential to get even more interesting with respect to the Nexus 2016 phone’s camera. Will Google allow HTC to use the same setup present on its HTC 10, for instance, or will the search giant push for something more refined? A dual-lens setup, perhaps?
This is tough to call. Imaging is very important these days and while the HTC 10’s camera is vastly improved it is no way near as good as what’s available on the LG G5 and Galaxy S7, for example.
I’d like to see HTC’s audio technology make the transition, though. Having HD audio on a phone, with the ability to upscale sound, is immense for music lovers -- or those with expensive headphones. Why this hasn’t happened sooner is beyond me. But I am super pleased that HTC included such a comprehensive audio package inside the HTC 10. I just hope it comes to the Nexus in 2016 as well.
Beyond this, we know have a pretty decent idea about what the Nexus 2016 phones will look like, via this leaked image below.
The handsets will of course run Android Nougat, likely retail for just a bit less than current Android flagship hardware from rival OEMs, and be available in and around September/October time.
Who’s excited about HTC returning to the Nexus fold?