A ROM dump can tell you a lot of things, especially when the ROM is for the 2017 Nexus phones. This time, the leak came from Evan Blass; those of you who are keeping tabs on leaks and new smartphones should be very familiar with his name already. Evan is currently in possession of a ROM from the next HTC Nexus device, codenamed Sailfish.
A look at the build.prop from the dump, which Evan shared on his Twitter account (@evleaks), suggests the HTC S1 or HTC Nexus Sailfish will have a 1080p display resolution. Considering this is for the smaller of the two planned Nexus devices, 1080p screen should be more than enough.
We also now know that the device will sport a 420ppi pixel density. It is safe to say that the HTC S1 will have a sharp and crisp display based on these findings. Until now, almost all sources still point at the bigger of the two, the HTC Marlin, as the one that offers a bigger screen and QHD resolution.
The build.prop also reveals another important fact: the HTC S1 will indeed come with a Snapdragon 82x chipset. I say Snapdragon 82x because the listed chipset in the build.prop is MSM8996. If we all remember a couple of years ago, Qualcomm used the same chipset code, MSM8997, to refer to both the Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 801.
This means we may be looking at a 5.2-inch Nexus phone with the latest Snapdragon 821 SoC powering it. There is no mention of the amount of RAM and internal storage in the leak, so the previous rumors that suggest the smaller Nexus will have 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage are still our best bets.
The build.prop leak is interesting in a number of way. For starters, we don’t see a lot of compact devices running Snapdragon’s top of the line chipset these days. Most devices are now 5.5-inch or bigger. It is also interesting to note that the HTC S1’s screen is the same as last year’s Nexus 5x’s, but we all know how good HTC screens are from the company’s track records.
With a good camera, Quick Charge 3.0 and of course a fingerprint scanner – which is also confirmed to be present in the build.prop leak – this year’s Nexus device will certainly be one that a lot of people would want to have.
Do you have any thoughts on the information we have so far? Does the smaller Nexus appeal to you? Be sure to leave your comments below!