Rumor: New Google Nexus 8 tablet to launch in April 2014

Some new rumors are suggesting Google’s next Nexus tablet will launch at the end of April. Dubbed the Nexus 8, this new tablet will be an evolution off the Nexus 7 tablets from the previous two years.

This story comes via unnamed suppliers in Asia, which claim Google is slightly re-focusing its tablet efforts. The Nexus 8, as the name suggests, will feature an 8-inch screen a small bump from the previous 7-inch versions. This version supposedly comes due to increased competition in the 7-inch form-factor market, as well as ever increasing numbers of phablet-type devices in the 5 and 6-inch range.

Google’s switch to an 8-inch format would better differentiate it from other products and put it in the same class as Apple’s iPad Mini. It would also set its rumoured device in the mid-range of tablet sizes, giving credence to other rumours that suggest Google may be dropping the Nexus 10 line altogether, the bigger premium version of the Nexus 7.

There isn’t much info on what the Nexus 8 tablet may feature under the hood, but it’s valid to assume we’ll see the latest and most powerful CPUs, increased RAM size and better screens. It will, of course, also be running the latest version of Android. As for whose manufacturing this new device, Asus seems like the strongest contender, having manufactured the previous Nexus 7 tablets, but LG and even HTC are rumored to also be candidates.

If this rumor turns out to be true and the Nexus 8 does indeed launch in April, we’ll likely see many more leaks in the coming weeks as we draw nearer to the launch announcement.

Source: Digitimes Via: Tom’s Hardware | Image via Google

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Deihmos said,
I honestly don't see what anyone see in these devices. The purpose is so limited.

Name one thing commonly done by an average user on say a laptop that can't be done on one of these.

Only thing I can think of is flash crap.

SharpGreen said,

Name one thing commonly done by an average user on say a laptop that can't be done on one of these.

Only thing I can think of is flash crap.

They cannot multitask meaning doing 2 things at once, no usb port and cannot use full version of office products. The MS Surface is a much better tablet imo.

Deihmos said,

They cannot multitask meaning doing 2 things at once, no usb port and cannot use full version of office products. The MS Surface is a much better tablet imo.

Really? So I can't listen to music and browse the internet or twitter or FB..etc at the same time? Pretty sure I can, as I have. Also a good number of devices have USB OTG support which is basically the same as a full USB port in terms of function.

For the average person what's available on Android and/or on the web is more than than enough.

I have 2 Nexus 10s, my wife uses hers daily for gaming and watching TV and just loves it. I use mine for occasional client meetings where I need to show a quick video or two and it does slide nicely into my leather portfolio.

What I don't like is if you want to read in bed, it quickly becomes too heavy. Also the charging is ridiculous, under heavy use even when plugged in it sometimes drains to 0! Both machines do this. No external storage means OTG cables which is also annoying.

At the time, there weren't a lot of windows machines that fit the bill, but now that's changed, and with phones offering larger sizes, the two areas it could have appealed to me on are now gone but I'm hardly the typical user they're after.

I was waiting to see if they would release an update to the Nexus 10, but when the holidays came and went and they never did, I had my questions. Here it has now been about 16 months since the Nexus 10 was released and you have to wonder.

As far as this Nexus 8 rumor, 1 inch isn't much, but I would take it. Google, please finally add a good rear camera, even if that means increasing the price just a tad to compensate for the quality improvement.

well, I guess the nexus 10 was such a flop, rumored to sell in far less quantities than even surface RT 1 that not even google will touch it with a pole.

"Hate"? I understand that some people don't like a particular company, but how can anyone hate a company? What's wrong with you people and all those useless comments?

vacs said,
"Hate"? I understand that some people don't like a particular company, but how can anyone hate a company? What's wrong with you people and all those useless comments?

yes people can hate companies, i hate monsanto.