HTC working on the next 8.9-inch Nexus tablet: Rumors

By Silky Malhotra | Updated 22 May 2014
HTC working on the next 8.9-inch Nexus tablet: Rumors
  • According to latest rumors, Google's upcoming tablet will be manufactured by HTC and may sport an 8.9-inch display.

According to IHS technology, HTC may be working on the next Nexus tablet featuring an 8.9-inch display screen. The device will reportedly be a “high-performance” tablet and will have a higher premium price tag than the previously released Nexus tablets.

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"Volume production is expected to start in July or August," said Rhoda Alexander, director tablet and monitor research at IHS Technology to CNET. "The expectation is [that] this will be a lower volume product, carrying a premium price tag to support the specifications." She added that the device will probably cost more than $300.

IHS also claims that the volume production of the tablet is expected to start in July/August this year. The tablet is likely to feature Intel’s 64-bit chipset, Moorefield instead of a Qualcomm Snapdragon. 

Digitimes Research has also suggested that the new Nexus 8 will enter production in July and may pack a display with a resolution higher than 2K. Till now, the only 2K tablets that are measuring 8-to-9 inches are the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. The report suggests that the HTC Nexus 8 may feature a resolution of 2560 x 1600. Since the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro costs $399 and the Kindle Fire HDX is priced at $379, a $300 plus price tag for the rumored Nexus 8 seems plausible.

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Rumors also suggest that Google may unveil the Nexus 8.9 inch tablet at the I/O conference in June this year along with a new Android OS version called 4.5 Lollipop. Google is also working on a 4.4.3 update according to rumors that may fix the camera bug in the Google Nexus 5. The details of the update were posted by developer LlabTooFeR in a tweet.

Source: CNET

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