TheNexus 7 is one of the best tablets around but Google is thought to be looking to launch the Nexus 8. Here's everything there is to know about the Google Nexus 8 release date, price and specs.
The rumour mill is gaining speed with details about another Android tablet from Google. The Nexus 8 is thought to be the follow-up to the Nexus 7 and could be turning up within the next few months. The above photo was posted on Google's official KitKat landing site and isn't a known Nexus device. See also: Google Gem smartwatch specs leaked: Set to team up with LG.
Google Nexus 8: Release date
The Nexus 8 will not be announced at Google's I/O conference in June, but soon afterwards in July. It will be introduced with Android 4.5 and the I/O event will focus on new Google services. That's according to Android Geeks which cites an unnamed Dublin-based Google employee.
This ties in fairly nicely with the launches of both Nexus 7 models which took place in July 2012 and July 2013.
Google Nexus 8: Price
As yet, the rumour mill hasn't spat out anything on the price of the Nexus 8 tablet. With the device being larger than the Nexus 7 - which sells for £299 - and with improved specifications we would expect it to cost a little more but Google will likely undercut rivals because it doesn't make its money from profit margins on hardware.
We're not putting any money down just yet because the design (plastic or metal) and specs of the Nexus 8 are still relatively unknown.
Google Nexus 8: Specs
The same source which revealed the release date said that Google will no longer produce a 7in tablet, instead moving things up to 8in. This change would mean the Nexus 8 will closer rival devices like the iPad mini,LG G Pad 8.3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. The big question is 'who will make the Nexus 8?'.
Digitimes originally reported that Google will partner with Asus for the Nexus 8 with the building both Nexus 7 versions for the online search giant. However, the site now says that Google has changed its mind and gone for HTC, which has limited experience of tablets. This is all despite Google being tipped to be partnering with LG for a Nexus 8 tablet.
New Nexus devices are often launched alongside a new version of Android - a hardware and software combo launch. The Nexus 8 is thought to be launching with exactly this but it's unclear whether it will be a new version of KitKat, or the next letter, L. We could be getting version 4.5 or 5.0.
Meanwhile, Android Pit reports that the Nexus 8 will feature a 64-bit processor following Apple's lead with the iPhone 5s. It's rumoured that Google will ditch Qualcomm and its reliable Snapdragon chips for Intel's Moorefield which is clocked at 2.33GHz and features a PowerVR G6430 GPU.