Google Nexus 8 Tablet May Have Intel Inside

Unnamed sources from the upstream supply chain report that Google will likely enter the 8-inch tablet market in mid-2014. That's around the same time frame Google unleashed the second generation Nexus 7 tablet last year: July 2013.

Does that mean Google won't produce a third generation Nexus 7? Sources claim that the current model has experienced less of a demand compared to the first-generation model, which saw the better half of six million units sold. That low demand is partially due to the actual price tag, which is more than a number of other 7-inch models on the market.

As it stands now, the Nexus 8 may use Intel's Bay Trail-T platform, although Qualcomm is said to be fighting to be the SoC provider. Sources also said that Asus will likely be the R&D partner for this project mostly because the company already has a working relationship with Google. Additional details are expected to be revealed sometime after MWC 2014 next month.

Google "accidentally" revealed its 8-inch tablet back in November. When scrolling halfway down the Apps and Entertainment page, visitors can see a woman smiling down at a tablet in her hands. This device does not appear to be the most recent Nexus 7 tablet nor the Samsung Nexus 10 tablet, but an unannounced device in-between those sizes sporting Android 4.4 "KitKat."

Given that Google has a 7-inch and 10-inch tablet, why bother with an 8-inch model? Because the device would compete directly with Apple's iPad mini and Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet. And given that the Nexus 10 has a starting price of $399, the 8-inch model could possibly undercut both competing tablets in price.

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  • de5_Roy
    intel may have paid google to put bay trail soc in that nexus, part of intel's glorious new plan to pay major players in tablets to implement intel silicon.
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  • vmem
    "That low demand is partially due to the actual price tag, which is more than a number of other 7-inch models on the market."Someday, consumers will understand that tablets are not all made equal. the Nexus 7 2013 is still the best 7-inch tablet in terms of specs and price. there are apps that you just can't run on the lower end ones...
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  • ddpruitt
    Quote:
    "That low demand is partially due to the actual price tag, which is more than a number of other 7-inch models on the market."Someday, consumers will understand that tablets are not all made equal. the Nexus 7 2013 is still the best 7-inch tablet in terms of specs and price. there are apps that you just can't run on the lower end ones...
    Yes but a good enough lower end device will always outsell the best high end device if they're priced as such. Just look at what happened with the iPhone. The original Nexus 7 sold well because it was one of the cheapest 7" tablets available when it first came out. Nexus devices are starting to price themselves into the high end niche market, just watch.
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