According to unnamed sources in the Asian supply chain Google is said to release an 8-inch tablet called the Nexus 8 this coming April. The company targets 2 million units to be sold initially. The new screen size of this device will complement the existing 7-inch Nexus 7 and the 10-inch Nexus 10 tablets. Google has partnered with Asus in delivering the Nexus 7 and it’s more likely that the Taiwanese company will also be working on the Nexus 8. Other possible contenders to manufacture this upcoming device are LG and HTC.
Why is there a sudden shift in screen size? Sales of the Nexus 7 (2013) have not been doing so well despite having improved hardware specs and excellent reviews. Google reports that the overall sales of the device at the end of 2013 was just less than 3 million units. A typical 7-inch Android tablet usually costs around $100 and already comes with decent specs. Google’s Nexus 7 is priced at $200 and while it comes with great specs this price is seen as a big factor as to why sales are not what was expected.
With the market already saturated with different 7-inch tablets Google wants to offer a better alternative and it is doing this by releasing an 8-inch device. There’s not much competition in the 8-inch category with only a few key players having products in this area such as Apple’s iPad Mini, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, and the Asus MeMO Pad 8 just to name a few.
By offering an 8-inch device Google can offer more value to the consumer. It is expected that the resolution of the Nexus 8 will be great and its internal hardware will be impressive.
As far as specifications goes there’s still no information available at this time however it will most probably be more powerful than the Nexus 7 (2013).
Here’s a list of the Nexus tablets released by Google so far
Nexus 7 (first generation): This device manufactured by Asus was released in July 2012 and was the first device to run on Android 4.1.
Nexus 7 (second generation): This device manufactured by Asus was released in July 2013 at the same time Android 4.3 was released.
Nexus 10: This device manufactured by Samsung was released in November 2012 and is the second Nexus tablet of Google.