Since 2012, it’s almost been customary to think about a brand new Nexus tablet being announced and offered to consumers every year as this is what Google has done each year since the launch of their first Nexus tablet, the original Nexus 7. The most recent was the Nexus 9 which launched last fall but this year the rumors had started pointing to a fall release of a new Nexus lineup that didn’t include a tablet, and instead would feature two Nexus phones instead. After all of the recent leaks thought to be showing off the new Huawei and LG Nexus devices which Google is expected to reveal in the near future, it looks like that may actually end up being the case.
For a while last year, before the official reveal of the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9, there were rumors of a Nexus 8 tablet, except, those rumors obviously didn’t pan out and the tablet ended up being the Nexus 9 instead. As of today some recent leaks of benchmark scores suggest that there is a Nexus 8 tablet currently being tested through Geekbench 3. In addition to this it’s rumored that it may come equipped with an octa-core processor and that it could be getting an announcement sometime in the near future. Keep in mind these are just rumors at this point so Nexus loyalists hoping for something in the 8-inch range shouldn’t get their hopes up just yet.
The benchmark test reveals a couple more pieces of data worth mentioning, like the version of Android that is currently running on the testing device which is listed as Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. If Google ends up putting out a Nexus 8 tablet, consumers can likely expect the device to be shipped with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and not Android Lollipop, but this is an important detail to keep in mind as Google would not launch a new Nexus device with an older version of software, especially considering Marshmallow is already expected to launch with the two rumored Nexus smartphones this Fall. Other than that the only other thing listed on the benchmark details is that the processor is ARM and clocked at 1.3GHz. There are no details suggesting which OEM would be manufacturing the device or what other hardware it might include. If there is any truth to this then more details should end up surfacing in the weeks ahead.