Nexus 8 rumored to be launching at the end of April
Google is once again being rumored to be prepping an 8-inch Nexus tablet. This time, though, we even get a purported release time frame – the new tablet should be out by the end of April.
Why a Nexus 8? Well, apparently for two reasons. First, the 2013 Nexus 7 hasn’t been selling well at all. It’s done much worse than its predecessor despite its better specs. That might be because when the first Nexus 7 came out it really had absolutely no competition – no tablet costing around $200 came even close to its hardware. But after that initial shock, Android tablet makers got wiser and dropped their prices or created new and interesting cheap tablets. So Google got to kickstart the cheap 7-inch tablet market, but isn’t profiting that much from it anymore.
The second generation Nexus 7 is more expensive than the first one was, so that may have something to do with its poor sales too. The other reason for a Nexus 8 being in development is said to be the increasing prevalence of ever bigger phablets. Many such devices are already around (or more than) 6 inches big, at which point they’re dangerously close to a 7-inch tablet in size. So some people that would have bought a ‘normal’ size smartphone and a 7-inch tablet could simply opt for just a phablet instead.
To counter this trend, Google apparently wants its next small tablet to go bigger – hence the 8-inch size, which has been experimented with in recent months by both Samsung and LG – so it’s clearly becoming more and more mainstream than ever before.
According to the infamous “Taiwan-based supply chain makers” once again quoted by DigiTimes, Google wants to avoid “price competition in the 7-inch segment” and has thus ordered around two million units for initial shipments of the 8-inch Nexus tablet.
This time the rumor fails to be clear about who will be making them, though the aforementioned sources do claim that it very well could be Asus. The same name popped up the last time we heard something about the Nexus 8. Furthermore, the new tablet was then said to employ an Intel chipset – which would be a first for the Nexus line and could propel the otherwise well known desktop chip maker into the spotlight in the mobile world.