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 below 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 release date is somewhat up in the air with initial rumours saying that it would be announced in July so would not make an appearance at the Google I/O developer conference. That was according to Android Geeks which cites an unnamed Dublin-based Google employee.
That ties in fairly nicely with the launches of both Nexus 7 models which took place in July 2012 and July 2013. However, we're now hearing that the Nexus 8 will be unveiled at Google I/O which kicks off today (25 June).
According to the Wall Street Journal, the tablet, which is part of 'Project Tango', "could be released ahead of the company's annual developer conference scheduled for the end of June."
We think Google I/O is the most likely time for the device to be introduced, and this is fuelled further by the inclusion of an unknown tablet shown on the website for the event (above).
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.
That same Wall Street Journal article which we mentioned earlier states that the device, possibly the Nexus 8, will "be equipped with two back cameras, infrared depth sensors and advanced software that can capture precise three-dimensional images of objects."
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.