Rumours have been spreading about a larger Nexus tablet for a while, but Google hasn’t announced any such device yet, sticking with its popular 7-inch Nexus 7. However, it has also failed to replace its full-size Nexus 10 slate, so is the company going to split the difference with its next project?
This is the impression we get from a report by tech site Digitimes, which actually discusses how several manufacturers are looking at much bigger tablets for the coming year. Google though, may buck the trend and launch a so-called Nexus 8 tablet in the near future, and it may boast an 8.9-inch screen.
Previous reports have stated the 2013 Nexus 7 hasn’t been a big sales hit for Google, with customers drawn to the slightly larger screens offered by the iPad Mini and the new LG G Pad 8.3. If Google does choose an 8.9-inch display, then it’ll be an inch larger than the iPad Mini, and less than an inch smaller than the full-size iPad.
Samsung has experimented with an 8.9-inch tablet in the past, releasing the Galaxy Tab 8.9 on 2011, while Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX also shares the same measurements.
According to the Digitimes report, the Nexus 8 will be Google’s first tablet release of 2014, and has been designed to compete with larger tablets, but should retain a competitive price point. A summer announcement date has been rumoured.
It all sounds exciting, but for now, the Nexus 8 remains nothing more than a rumour. Will Google end up replacing the Nexus 7 with the Nexus 8? We should find out in the next few months.