We’ve already told you that Google might be working on a Nexus 8 tablet. Back in February we told you that Google will release the Nexus 8 along with Android 4.5 in July, citing a trusted source of ours. We still believe that to be true, but now digitimes has more information about the tablet and it seems like it’s going to feature an 8.9-inch display.
Unfortunately we don’t know if the rumor is true or not, but it seems a bit weird. An 8.9-inch tablet would be very close to the Nexus 10, which has a 10.1-inch display. Previously we thought that the Nexus 8 will replace the Nexus 7, but it seems like this isn’t the case.
If the Nexus 8 is really going to come with an 8.9-inch display, then we can probably forget about a 2014 Nexus 10.
Like we told you in our previous Google Nexus 8 Release Date and Rumors Roundup article, we believe it will be built by Asus, who also made the Nexus 7 tablets.
This year we’ll probably see tablets of all dimensions, ranging from 7 to 13 inches, as many companies are rumored to move from the standard dimensions.
The Nexus 8 is expected to come with high-end hardware and it should be priced somewhere between the Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 10. We believe it’s going to cost around $300 for a 32GB version and it should feature a 2.5Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU, a 2K 1,440×2,560 pixels resolution display, along with an 8MP primary camera and a 2MP frontal one. I will also most likely come with WiFI b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and it will lack a microSD card slot, as no Nexus device has one.
Currently there aren’t many 8.9-inch tablets and we can only think of the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, which has been very popular since its release. Google might want to compete with it, because the ~9-inch market isn’t very populated yet.
If this turns out to be true, Google might release the 2014 version of the Nexus 7 in September-October and they could ditch the Nexus 10.
If the Nexus 8 release date proves to be true, then we are only a few months away from it. We have been struggling to find more information about it and Android 4.5 lately, but we didn’t manage to yet.