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Rumored Google Nexus 8 Surfaces in China

August 29, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

It’s getting real close to Nexus season, which means there are a ton of leaks and rumors floating around about the next generation of Nexus devices. We’ve heard loads and loads about the LG and Huawei made Nexus smartphones. But we’ve only recently started seeing rumors about a Nexus 8. About a week ago, a device with the codename “Colorfly Hero” went through GeekBench 3 with the model name “Nexus 8”. Now the Geekbench 3 listing did not show us who the device was built by, so it’s kinda hard to tell. But now we have what appears to be a leak of the Nexus 8, at least that’s what sources want us to believe, in China. Which you can see in the image above.

This device looks a lot like the Nexus 7 (2013) actually, while it could be another ASUS-made tablet, it’s hard to tell right now, as there are no logos. We get a glimpse of the front and part of the side of the tablet. But not the back. Looking at the front, you’ll see what could be an opening for a home button or fingerprint reader. It’s hard to tell if that’s an opening or just a white sticker covering up some info. Google did announce support for fingerprint readers in Android Marshmallow, so it would be very likely to see one on the new Nexus hardware coming this fall. In fact, I’d say it’s about confirmed that they will have fingerprint readers.

As always, be sure to take this with a grain of salt. As we don’t quite have a way to confirm this picture just yet. Right now, the rumor going around is that new Nexus devices and Android 6.0 will be unveiled on September 29th, a bit earlier than usual. But we won’t mind. We’ll be looking forward to getting our hands on this year’s Nexus smartphones and tablet(s). It’ll be interesting to see if Google has gone back to HTC for the Nexus 8 or if they’ve went to another manufacturer, and just who might that be. ASUS seem to be the only one really selling tablets these days. So there’s a good chance the search giant have tapped them again.