The Nexus 8 will feature an 8.9-inch screen and will be a high-end tablet that will cost over $300.
It looks like Google may be ditching Asus in favor of HTC for the Nexus 8. Rumors of a Nexus 8 broke late last month, and while it has been indicated that Asus, LG and HTC were in contention, latest rumors suggest that Google has decided to go with HTC. Asus manufactured the first-generation Nexus 7 along with the Nexus 7 2013.
Google is said to be in favor of an 8-inch Nexus tablet instead of the Nexus 7 as there is less competition in the 8-inch segment. However, it looks like Google will offer the Nexus 8 alongside the Nexus 7 and not in lieu of it, which contradicts earlier rumors we’ve heard. According to CNET, the Nexus 8 will feature an 8.9-inch screen size and will be a high-end tablet that costs in excess of $300. However, the tablet will not be manufactured in large volumes, as is often the case with all Nexus devices.
Production of the tablet is set to begin in July or August, which means an official launch sometime in the fourth quarter. In addition to the Nexus 8, Google is also said to be working on the next-gen version of the Nexus 7. It isn’t clear as to whether HTC will also manufacture the 3rd-gen Nexus 7 or if Asus will retain the Nexus 7 line. There is no official confirmation from either Google, Asus or HTC on the subject, so until such time, take the information with a grain of salt. Talking about Nexus tablets, we are still awaiting the second-generation Nexus 10. There is no word on whether Google is actively working on the tablet.