The next Google Nexus smartphone has begun to leak with more details than just the simple codenames we've had so far.

Two Nexus smartphones are expected to be made this year, one for average users and another more high-end device – just like last year. So far leaks have suggested that they are codenamed Marlin and Sailfish, or M1 and S1. The Marlin handset is expected to be built by HTC.

Now India Today has leaked details of the handset. The publication claims that the HTC 10 will be the basis on which the Nexus phone will be built but with an upgraded processor and some more tweaks. It says the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor will appear as well as a "tweaked" fingerprint sensor.

The Snapdragon 821 is expected to have a slightly higher top speed but to also offer better heat efficiency and power management.

Google is expected to reveal the 2016 Nexus smartphones later in the year around September for an October release. The Android N operating system will also launch on these devices. Other expected specs include a QHD screen plus 4GB of RAM to better support Google Cardboard and VR in general.

Little else is known at this stage but expect more leaks to follow as that reveal date approaches. For now check out the Next Nexus feature in the read link below to learn everything that's expected from Google's next major hardware and software launch.

READ: Next Nexus (2016): Release date, rumours and everything you need to know