Rumour: Google Nexus 8 set for mid 2014 release
Supply chain rumours indicate an expansion to the range
According to sources in the upstream supply chain, Google is to expand its Nexus range of tablets to include an 8-inch version.
Or at least that is the case according to rumour-loving site Digitimes.
The expansion plans have apparently been concocted in an effort to stave off competition in the 7-inch Android tablet market, which has seen numerous entrants bringing out respectable devices at lower price-points in recent times. Demand for the second generation Nexus 7 has apparently not been as great as for its predecessor.
Nexus 7 2013 Edition not selling as well as the original
The 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 retails for around £199 with 16GB of storage but faces massive competition from the likes of Tesco’s hudl which, whilst slightly lower specced, only attracts a price-tag of £119 but is sufficient for many people’s requirements.
The new model is apparently slated for a mid 2014 release with current R&D partners ASUS again involved.
It's sure to be Spectastic!We’d expect the Nexus 8 – if it is to come to fruition – will boast an impressive spec sheet and both Intel and Qualcomm are reportedly vying to get their processing chips in there.
There has yet to be a successor to Google’s larger-form Nexus 10 announced which launched in October 2012 and we wouldn’t be surprised to see the new device matching its 2560×1600 pixel resolution display
Digitimes sources say they expect more concrete news to emerge in February 2014 and Google, of course, declined to comment.
Who likes the sound of a slightly larger Nexus tablet and what specs would you like to see included?
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