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The upcoming Nexus handsets would not only be the most powerful among Android flagships but will also come with virtual reality ready.

Google is tipped to launch its next Nexus smartphone around August this year, and the rumor streams have already started to gain pace on this. The OEM partner for the 2016 line of Nexus devices will be HTC and from what we have heard so far, there is going to be two Nexus handsets coming our way.

Two devices codenamed Marlin and Sailfish have already been heard of earlier. Starting 2015, Google has begun launching two Nexus devices to cater to two different consumer segments – a smaller 5-inch for traditional usage while a bigger version will cater for the productivity oriented or the enthusiasts.

No points for guessing, the Marlin and Sailfish follow the same design philosophy though it is not known at the moment which one will be for conventional usage and such.

Both Google and HTC have also managed to keep things behind a veil of secrecy, which means there is practically nothing that is known of the upcoming handsets to any degree of certainty. However, it will be relatively safe to assume the handsets would run Android N right out of the gates, the next upcoming Android version.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset can perhaps be a safe bet, which again should have higher performance rating compared to the current Snapdragon 820 chip. As of now, all Android flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10 or LG G5 come powered by the Snapdragon 820 chip.

Also, with Daydream being made integral to Android N, one can look forward to the next Nexus devices to flaunt virtual reality capabilities as well. What makes the above probability all the more likely is the fact that Google is keen to have a tighter control over the way the future Nexus devices are conceptualized and executed, one that makes optimum use of the Android platform.

As it is, Google is keen to see virtual reality going on to have a mass appeal, and the future Nexus would be the best hardware to showcase the new technology in all its glory.

Stay tuned with Inferse for more on the next Nexus handsets as it evolves.

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