HTC has been rumoured to be manufacturing this year’s Nexus smartphones for quite some time now, and with this new leak, HTC’s involvement is seemingly confirmed. If this leak is accurate, one of the two Nexus smartphones this year will be packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and a 1080p display.
This leak came from none other than Evan Blass, or more commonly known by his Twitter handle @evleaks. Turns out, he managed to get his hands on the HTC S1’s – or Nexus Sailfish – ROM dump. Although the build.prop file looks rather confusing, it does show that the upcoming Nexus smartphone will be powered by a chipset with the model number “MSM8996,” which is the Snapdragon 820.
Google Nexus Sailfish / HTC S1 build.prop file pic.twitter.com/Q8q4EkBDff
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 25, 2016
Other than that, the build.prop file also revealed that the Nexus Sailfish has a pixel density of 420ppi; this roughly translates to a 5.2-inch to 5.3-inch 1920 x 1080 display. While this resolution may be too low for some consumers, it’s worth noting that the Nexus Sailfish is merely one of two Nexus smartphones this year – if the rumour turns out to be true, that is.
This is quite possibly one of the earliest concrete confirmation of the Nexus Sailfish/HTC S1’s key specifications, although this leak may not be legitimate. After all, this ROM dump did not originate from Google – or even HTC. However, Blass has proven to be accurate with his information in the past, so we wouldn’t be surprised if this ROM dump is of the next Nexus device.