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Nexus rumor watch!: HTC could create plus-size phone for Android Nougat

A new rumor about Google's next Nexus phones suggests one hardware package that comes in big and little sizes.

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Now that we know Android N stands for Nougat, the big question on everyone's mind is, Which new Nexus phones will be the first to introduce Google's mobile software?

It could be a pair of HTC-made handsets with similar specs but different screen sizes, says tech site Android Police.

Currently known by their code names, Sailfish (the smaller device) and Marlin (the bigger one) could follow both Apple's and Samsung's model of offering a larger-screen "plus" phone for those who prefer more screen space and a larger battery capacity, alongside a smaller model that would appeal to those who like their phones more pocket-size.

Specs could include a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, USB-C port, 12-megapixel camera on the back and 8-megapixel camera up front. As with 2015's Nexus 6P (built by Huawei) and Nexus 5X (made by LG), this year's Nexuses (Nexūs?) could also see a fingerprint reader mounted on the back.