More information has surfaced supporting the rumors that Google will be releasing an 8-inch tablet this year instead of choosing to go forward with another Nexus 7 like we’ve been used to since 2012. We have heard rumors about Google launching a Nexus 8 tablet before, and there have even been rumors stating that ASUS could be the one developing the device like they did the last two Nexus 7 tablets. Rumors also suggest that we could see an Intel chip inside instead of the familiar Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset that we’re used to seeing.
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Digitimes research is reporting that Google has made the decision to replace the Nexus 7, and swap it out by replacing it with an 8.9-inch Nexus 8 for this years new Nexus tablet offering. It’s said that the Nexus 8 will be Google’s first tablet project for the year, which points to the possibility that they could be looking to release another tablet in a different size. This could end up potentially being the new Nexus 10 that everyone has been speculating on for quite some time now. 8-inch screens on tablets (or in this particular case 8.9-inch screens) for many serve as a nice bridge between tablet sizes that are too small for their liking, and ones that are slightly too big for them to not consider something like a smaller laptop with similar size and weight. If Google does release a Nexus 8 this year with the screen size mentioned, it will arguably still be ultra portable compared to larger tablets like the Galaxy Note or the new Galaxy Note Pro with a 12.2-inch screen, but still give a larger and more enjoyable sized display to consumers to do things like browse the web, read emails, play games, and watch videos. Digitimes is estimating that the Nexus 8 will help prompt other OEMs to follow suit in the larger tablet space, where tablets with bigger displays only make up 30% of the entire tablet marketshare for devices shipped.
The Nexus 8 as it’s currently being referred to could also serve as tablet to replace the Nexus 10 instead of the Nexus 7 like most of us have been thinking, and the Nexus 7 could yet get another revival with a complete overhaul. Although the Nexus 8 is now rumored to be coming with an 8.9-inch display instead of an 8-inch, it should still end up with an extremely competitive and affordable cost compared to similar products in the market. This would make sense, since most every nexus product ever offered has been affordable.