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Google Senior Vice President for Products Sundar Pichai delivers his keynote address during the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco, California, May 28, 2015. Reuters/Robert Galbraith

The Google I/O 2016 event will begin Wednesday, and speculations are rife that Google will be unleashing an Android VR headset. It is also expected to announce new features of Android N. In addition, the search engine giant is rumored to announce an upgraded version of Google Nexus 6P that was launched last year.

The Google Nexus 6P, a product from Huawei, was launched in October 2015. It came preinstalled with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It is the first Nexus smartphone to come with full metal design. At the end of the previous month, MyDrivers, a Chinese website, reported that an upgraded version of Nexus 6P with improved hardware was found benchmarked on GeekBench.

The Nexus 6P from last year is powered by Snapdragon 810 chipset and 3 GB of RAM. This year, most flagship smartphones have launched with Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4 GB of RAM.

The GeekBench listed an upgraded variant of Nexus 6P that showed it is powered by SD 820 SoC and 4 GB of RAM. The single-core score of the upgraded Nexus 6P (2016) on GeekBench is 2,115 and its multi-core score is 4,903. The GeekBench listing shows that it runs on Android N OS.

AnTuTu, one of the best benchmarking platforms for mobile devices, had released top 10 performance smartphone chips in March. It ranked the Snapdragon 820 that features a quad-core processor and Adreno 530 GPU on the No. 1 spot with a score of 136,383. The Snapdragon 810 was listed on the sixth position with a score of 81,049. The SD 810 chipset features an octa-core processor and Adreno 430 graphics.

Since all the SD 820 chipset-powered smartphones of this year are more powerful than Nexus 6P, rumors indicate that Nexus 6P (2016) with SD 820 and 4 GB of RAM will be introduced at the Google I/O 2016 event.