8″ Asus Nexus tablet with Intel CPU rumored for this year
Apparently the 2013 Asus Nexus 7 tablet will get a successor this year, but with a twist or two thrown in for good measure. Now we obviously aren’t surprised that Google is working on a new small tablet for 2014, as 2013 saw the second-gen Nexus 7 released around one year after the original launched in 2012.
It’s also not surprising that Asus is said to be making the next small Nexus tablet – after all, it’s the same company that did both Nexus 7 versions. So it’s pretty obvious that Asus and Google can work together real good on such things.
What is interesting, though, is that according to DigiTimes and its infamous “sources from the upstream supply chain” in 2014 we’ll see the first Nexus 8 tablet. Yes, an 8-inch device this time, as a successor to the Nexus 7 from 2013.
Furthermore, the Nexus 8 may come with Intel’s Bay Trail-T chipset platform, which would be a first for a Nexus device. Apparently that hasn’t been decided just yet, with Qualcomm still in the running for supplying the Nexus 8 with its innards.
But clearly, an Intel-powered Nexus tablet would send that particular chipset platform into the spotlight for many Android enthusiasts. So far we’ve seen devices with Intel CPUs only from “tier 2” manufacturers, and limited mostly to emerging markets. Though Asus has been announcing more and more Intel-powered wares recently, so maybe that company’s friendship with Intel counted in this consideration.
The second generation Nexus 7 is said to be far from the original’s sales levels. That’s in spite of all-round improved specs. When the first Nexus 7 launched in 2012 though, the concept of a high-end 7-inch tablet being offered for just $200 was alien to the mobile world. Last year things were different however, with many options in that price range. And the second generation Nexus 7 being $30 more expensive than the original hasn’t helped either, it does seem.
So Google and Asus are hoping that a bump in screen size will help differentiate the Nexus 8. Whether or not that will actually happen remains to be seen of course. We should expect more details about the Nexus 8 starting in March, the aforementioned sources said, so do stay tuned for that.