8.9″ Nexus tablet rumored again, could be made by HTC and may be expensive
The next Nexus tablet is in the rumors again. And this is the second time that we’re hearing it will have an 8.9-inch touchscreen, bigger than past rumors said it would be (when they talked about an 8″ display).
The 8.9-inch Nexus tablet will reportedly go into mass production in July or August, and could be made by HTC. Previously, Asus was said to be making the next Nexus tablet, but these things could both be true at the same time because Google is said to also launch a third-generation Nexus 7 at some point this year. That could be made by Asus, and the 8.9-inch model by HTC.
The 8.9″ Nexus will apparently be very high-end, with “high-performance” innards. Thus we shouldn’t expect it to be dirt cheap. Not less than $299, anyway. The premium (at least compared to other Nexus tablets) price tag will mean that Google doesn’t expect to sell many of these, so it hasn’t ordered big volumes from its suppliers.
All of the above information comes from Rhoda Alexander, director for tablet and monitor research at IHS Technology, speaking via email to CNET. Obviously though, you shouldn’t take any of this sans at least a grain of salt, or on an empty stomach. Even if these plans are true, things may change. So we’ll keep you posted.