Google Nexus 2016 release date, specs news: HTC designs Marlin and Sailfish similar to its Desire line?

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Two alleged variants of the upcoming Google Nexus 2016, the Marlin and the Sailfish, are now rumored to have designs reminscent of HTC's Desire line.

Recent reports claim that HTC, the company that Google partnered with to manufacture the anticipated Nexus smartphone, will create the imminent devices with designs similar to its own Desire line.

Christian Times reported that if the rumors are true, then fans may be disappointed as they are expecting a device that boasts high-end specs and innovative features.

Regardless, rumors about the Marlin and Sailfish continue to appear on several tech websites. The former variant is believed to be the larger version with a 5.5-inch display while the latter will sport a 5.2-inch display.

Their specs are reportedly almost similar and the only differences between them are their screen size and battery specs. The bigger version is expected to be equipped with a 3450 mAh-battery while the other one has a 2770-mAh battery.

Popular leaker Evan Blass also posted the alleged specs of Sailfish, showing that it has a fingerprint scanner and biometric security, among others. The leak reportedly coincides with the rumors surrounding the handset's specs.

As for the release date, both devices are believed to come out in September, which is the same time the iPhone 7 is expected to be launched. This has got a lot of tech aficionados excited, since they are anticipating how the upcoming devices will go head to head with one another.

On the other hand, several reports state that the devices may arrive this month since the Nexus 6 was offered at a low price in July. Companies usually lower the prices of their current devices when they are gearing up for the arrival of their new models.

This is why it will not be surprising to see if the two highly anticipated devices do come out in the coming weeks. However, nothing has been confirmed yet, so it is best to take the news with a grain of salt.