A good number of 2016 smartphone flagships come packed with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC, the most powerful smartphone chipset in the market right now.
However, Qualcomm has taken things to the next level by announcing a new chipset and successor to the current processor, a Snapdragon 821 SoC. Rumors had previously indicated that indeed the American chipmaker will be coming in with an improved version of the current Snapdragon 820. Now that the company has finally made this a reality, it has begun emerging that quite a number of smartphone flagships that are set to be released in this second half of the year will come powered with the latest Snapdragon 821 SoC. Among them is the Google Nexus 2016, which is reportedly being manufactured by Taiwanese tech giant, HTC.
Earlier speculations have pointed towards a Google Nexus 2016 phone that is one of the most powerful in 2016 thanks to a new Snapdragon SoC. Back then, none of these two seemed a reality. However, now that one of them is here, the other rumor might once again materialize for the device codenamed Marlin. It gets even better as the latest reports claim that the second Google Nexus 2016 phone, which is reportedly codenamed Sailfish, will still be based on the same Snapdragon 821 SoC.
If this indeed materializes, it will represent a major shift in hardware combination for the two Google Nexus 2016 phones when compared to last year’s versions. In 2015, the Google Nexus 6P was powered by a Snapdragon 810 SoC whereas the Google Nexus 5X came in with a Snapdragon 808 SoC, which is less powerful than the former. All this was meant to cut the price of the latter phone, something that remains to be an interesting bit with respect to this year’s Nexus handsets.
What makes this rumor even possible is the timing of the release of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821. It comes at a time when everyone in Android fraternity is not just anticipating the release of a Google Nexus 2016 phone, but also a Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
Google has yet to make confirmations as to when the Nexus 2016 phones will be here. However, the search engine giant recently unveiled the official name of the successor to Android Marshmallow – Android Nougat. This shows that the stable version is just around the corner and it should be followed with the release of the new Google Nexus 2016 phones.
Keep following us and we’ll let you know when this should happen.