The Nexus 8 tablet looks like it will be the next model to be released by Google. As much as I love the size and shape of the Nexus 7 I think there is definitely a place for a tablet that sits between this and the Nexus 10. As the iPad Mini has shown, a slightly bigger, squarer shape can still provide a lightweight and very functional tablet.
Nexus 8 Overview
The Nexus 8 will be Google’s 4th tablet release following on from two very successful 7″ models and a 10″ one. Once again Google will show other manufactuers how it should be done by putting together a beautifully designed, well specced device that is also affordable.
The new model is rumoured to have an 8.9″ screen with a resolution topping 2k. Supply chain leaks have suggested production ramping up in July, but will this be too late for an official announcement at the June Google I/O conferences?
Current thinking is that Google need to move to support their position in the larger size tablet market, hoping that a newer larger model will urge other manufacturers to improve their large screen tablets too. The reality is, whilst the Nexus 10 was a decent product, it didn’t capture the market’s imagination in the same wat that Apple’s iPad did.
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Nexus 8 FAQ
When is the UK Nexus 8 release date?
The UK release date for the Nexus 8 is expected to be July or August time. Google have a history of announcing and quickly putting out their products soon after their annual Google I/O conference. This is going to take place at the end of June so we will know more then.
How much will the Nexus 8 cost in the UK?
The cost is as yet unknown but we fully expect to see a competitive price, less than the iPad mini for sure, probably more than the Nexus 7. I would expect to see it come in at around £300.
Who will make the Nexus 8 tablet?
Current rumours strongly suggest Google will team up with ASUS once again for. That said, LG have also been put in the mix, could this be their first joint tablet?
LG have done a great job with the phones and this partnership would make sense for them to help bolster their reputation as a tablet manufacturer. LG already have also released a ‘Google Play Edition’ tablet, they are clearly good friends with Google right now.
What processor will be in the Nexus 8?
There has been speculation over dropping Qualcomm in favour of an Intel Bay Trail-T processor. If correct this means 64-bit Quad core performance.
What size will the screen be?
I think it is clear we are talking about an 8″ screen but that doesn’t tell us what shape it will be. The sizes of screens are typically measured across the diagonal so this doesn’t actually tell us the height and width of the overall tablet.
I’m anticipating a squarer shape, along the lines of the iPad mini.
Will the Nexus 8 have an SD card slot?
Unfortunately it is unlikely that we’ll see an SD card slot in a new tablet, Google will be keen to sell their cloud based apps, for example Play Music, or Google Drive.
Will the Nexus 8 have a replaceable battery?
I doubt it.
What version of Android will the Nexus 8 run?
It would be great to see the Nexus 8 released along with Android 5.0. A new update from Google must be on the way and they do like to tie in updates with new product announcements.
That said, many blogs are discussing the possibility of Android 4.5, so it seems the big one could still be some time away.