After a huge success of Nexus 7 2012 and 2013 editions, the stage is now set for Google Nexus 8. Though Google has refrained itself from making an official statement about it, rumors are such that it would be packed with unarguably great specifications and will be significantly different from the current generation of Nexus 7 tablets. IHS Technology, a technology consultancy firm, told CNET that Google is planning to release a high performance large screen Nexus tablets. The tablet is expected to go in production in July this year, but will be made in much smaller volumes than the Nexus 7. The device is also going to cost a bit more than the current generations of Nexus tablets.
Initial rumors say that the Nexus 8 Tablet will be released by end of June and according to the Wall Street Journal, the tablet, which is also a part of ‘Project Tango’, “could be released ahead of the company’s annual developer conference scheduled for the end of June.” As Google I/O kicks off on 25 June, it might be the probable date for the launch of Nexus 8 Tablet. Although an anonymous source claimed that Google’s Dublin offices told an Android publication earlier this year that we should see the tablet launched during a July event, and not at this year’s Google I/O developer conference.
With the device being larger and better than the Nexus 7, the Google Nexus 8 will definitely be costlier than Nexus 7. Rhoda Alexander of IHS Technology says that she “would not be surprised if it is higher than $299.” She also included that, “We still expect to see a 3rd generation of the Nexus 7 product at some point in 2014 but do not have any confirmation of actual contracts for such a product at present,”. It is also expected that Google might launch it with the next Android OS — Android 4.5 also known as Lollipop.
In few other reports from the DigiTimes, Google will join forces with HTC to help produce the next Nexus tablet, which will feature the 8-inch display. IHS report claimed that HTC will commence the volume production in August 2014 at the latest, positioning the likely Nexus 8 release date between September and October.