Washington: It look like that Google is about to launch another blockbuster Nexus tablet as report confirms Google Nexus 8 to have an 8.9 inch display.
Back in 2012, Google saw great success with its ASUS-made Nexus 7 tablet, and continued to see high demand with its 2013 Nexus 7 as well, also made by ASUS. There have been various rumors, however, that indicated that Google may ultimately ditch the 7-inch model in favor of a slightly bigger Nexus tablet.
The purported Nexus 8 would sit somewhere in between the small and large tablets in terms of display size. Previous reports indicated that the upcoming Google Nexus 8 would in fact sport an 8.9-inch display, and now a more credible source bolsters that information.
While nothing is officially confirmed at this point, CNET has learned from IHS technology that an 8.9-inch Nexus tablet is indeed in the cards. The slate is reportedly in development and is set to enter production in July or August.
“The product is expected to be ‘high-performance,’ said Rhoda Alexander, director tablet and monitor research at IHS Technology in an email to CNET,” reports the publication.
“‘Volume production is expected to start in July or August,’ she said. ‘The expectation is [that] this will be a lower volume product, carrying a premium price tag to support the specifications.”
CNET further notes that Alexander doesn’t have information on the tablet’s pricing, but she wouldn’t be surprised if the Nexus 8 cost more than $299. According to Alexander, this time HTC could be the manufacturer.
This falls in line with previous rumors that claimed Google would produce the Nexus 8 in a smaller volume and will not price it as aggressively as previous models. HTC has also been rumored before to be the manufacturer of the next Nexus tablet.
Alexander further claimed that Google will also release a 2014 iteration of the Nexus 7. This means that the Nexus 8 would sell alongside the smaller model, instead of replacing it.
While this source is more credible, keep in mind that all Nexus 8 information is still in the rumor state for now. Until Google makes an official announcement, take everything with a grain of salt.