If Samsung, which is always a force to be reckoned with in the smartphone spec wars, refrained from loading everything but the kitchen sink into the Galaxy Note 7, why would we expect Google and HTC to go overboard when it comes to the “Sailfish” and “Marlin’s” hardware?

Well, we don’t, as neither next-gen Nexus device should exceed the 4GB RAM ceiling, according to early rumors, and the smaller N5X sequel tipped to make do with a Full HD display some may describe as mid-range nowadays.

Fairly similar in design, and no doubt running Android 7.0 Nougat out the box, the two could see daylight a little ways down the road, on the heels of the platform update’s actual rollout, with a Snapdragon 820 processor just about guaranteed to tick inside at least the 5-inch Nexus Sailfish.

Preliminary GFXBench data supports that tidbit, alongside the extremely compact footprint, 1,920 x 1,080 screen pixel count, 4GB RAM, and 32GB internal storage space.

Nexus Sailfish benchmark

In case you need your memory refreshed, the LG-made Nexus 5X barely packed 2 gigs of memory, and its 5MP selfie shooter appears to also be upgraded, to 8 megapixels. A familiar-sounding 12MP main camera might grace the rear of the HTC Sailfish, but with UHD video recording capabilities, you can’t call that a disappointment either.

Source: GFXBench

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