Discussion surrounding the next Nexus devices has been rife, with rumours of two HTC handsets known as Marlin and Sailfish.

The first claimed real world photo of the HTC Marlin isn't going to be a huge design reveal, however, as all we can see if the display - if, of course, this is legitimately what we're looking at. 

The source of the information, TechDroider, claims that this is the HTC Marlin, thought to be the larger of the two handsets that will be released by Google later in the year.

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The only real details we can discern from this image is the N Android version and the Marlin name, with the website claiming that the handset is in a case to disguise the design. This is common practice in pre-release devices. 

However, the website goes on to say that it is a full-metal device with no camera bump at the back and that it looks a bit like the HTC 10, but with a fingerprint scanner on the rear. Such things are easily guessed at, but that generally follows the line of thinking we've seen previously on Marlin.

There's mention of this being a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution device, that it will have a 12-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera, possibly the same as the Nexus 6P. It's also claimed to be offering 128GB of internal storage.

There's still a lot that's not known about the future Nexus handsets, with the biggest question being whether these are conventional Nexus devices as we've seen before, or if Google is moving to take closer ownership of them, branding them with a Google G logo instead.

This is a limited leak, but you can follow all the action around the new Nexus devices right here on Pocket-lint.com.