Google rumored to launch two new Nexus phones this year

But a new Nexus tablet is apparently off the table, an unnamed source tells blog site Android Police.

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Google may roll out two Nexus phones this year -- but no Nexus tablet.

Made by LG, one new Nexus phone codenamed the LG Angler would offer a 5.2-inch screen, according to Android Police. The other phone, manufactured by Chinese vendor Huawei and given a code name of Bullhead, would reportedly sport a 5.7-inch display.

Basing the scuttlebut on a "reliable" source, Android Police gave the rumor a confidence rating of 7 out of 10, which means the odds are pretty good assuming the source is indeed reliable.

If true, this would mark the first time Google has released two Nexus phones in one year. By giving each phone a different screen size, Google may be trying to pull off the same feat as Apple -- offer one phone with a "relatively" smaller screen and another with a larger more phablet-sized display to capture as wide an audience as possible. The current Nexus 6 also is a beast of a phablet with a 6-inch screen. So Google may be looking to shrink the screen size to make this year's devices more accessible to the average consumer.

Details on the phone's specs are "tenative" for now, according to Android Police, and may have changed since the blog site received the information. But based on the source, the LG Angler would be powered by Qualcomm's 64-bit, hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, the same high-end chip used in the LG G4 smartphone. The battery capacity would be around 2700mAh. The Huawei Bullhead would be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and offer a battery capacity of 3500mAh.

Both phones are likely to be released in October, the usual time frame for new Google Nexus devices. Google may announce the new phones this Thursday at its 2015 I/O conference, but that's not a sure bet. Last year, the company didn't reveal the Nexus 6 at its 2014 I/O event and instead waited until later in the year for the phone's debut.

And what of a new Nexus tablet? Nothing is in the works for this year, according to the source. No reason was revealed. But if true, that means last year's Nexus 9 would remain Google's current Nexus tablet.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.