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HTC secures orders from Google to build Nexus smartphones: report
【Sci-Tech】2016-06-13  17:47:18
Taipei, June 13 (CNA) Taiwan-based smartphone supplier HTC Corp. (宏達電) has secured orders placed by Google Corp. to serve as a contract maker of two of the U.S. firm's future flagship smartphones, according to tech website indiatoday in tech.

In a report posted over the weekend, the website said that Google has teamed up with HTC to roll out two Nexus smartphones coded Marlin and Sailfish, respectively.

"Earlier, we had heard reports that HTC was making two Nexus phones, for now codenamed Marlin and Sailfish. If accurate, you can expect the devices to be based on HTC's (latest) flagship HTC 10 smartphone," indiatoday in tech said. The Marlin and Sailfish models, however, will be powered by Qualcomm Inc.'s Snapdragon 821 processor instead of the Snapdragon 820 processor HTC used in the HTC 10, which was unveiled in April and has gone on sale globally, the report said.

Market analysts said that the contract manufacturing deal with Google is expected to help HTC secure an additional sales source, while the ties between the two companies will deepen to reinforce hopes that the U.S. high-tech firm will lend more support to the Taiwanese smartphone brand to broaden its sales network and strengthen its own model sales in the global market.

In addition to the HTC 10, indiatoday in tech said that so far, several other international brands have also equipped their latest flagship models with the Snapdragon 820 processor, such as Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy S7, LG Corp.'s G5 and Sony Corp.'s Xperia X Performance.

The report said that the future Nexus phones are expected to go faster than many of other brand's flagship models going on sale in the market now, so the Marlin and Sailfish models will definitely be aimed at the high-end smartphone market.

The report added that Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 and Taiwan-based Asustek Computer Inc.'s (華碩) ZenFone 3 Deluxe could be packed with the Snapdragon 821 processor in the future.

In 2015, Google launched two Nexus models: the 5.2-inch Nexus 5X and the N5.5-inch Nexus 6P, which were built by LG and China's Huawei Technologies Co. (華為). There has been speculation that HTC has stepped in to grab a share from LG and Huawei for the contract manufacturing deal.

indiatoday in tech said that the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P received a warm reception, and Google has high hopes that the Marlin and Sailfish models will also generate good sales.

(By Esme Jiang and Frances Huang)
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