Google Nexus 8 Tablet Will Have Intel Chip, Due Mid-2014Dale Wright
Google is expected to launch its Nexus 8 tablet device in mid-2014, and the slate could be powered by an Intel processing chip.
The introduction of a 64-bit Intel Bay Trail-T processor would represent a change in direction for Google, as the Nexus 7 shipped with a Qualcomm chip. Intel recently made a statement that Bay Trail tablets would be released in the second quarter of 2014, so that could help to confirm that the Nexus 8 will be one of them.
The Nexus 7 has reportedly suffered from lower than expected sales as it’s a much more high-end and more expensive 7-inch tablet than anything else from Android. Google is apparently shifting its focus to the slightly larger 8-inch slate which it hopes will win it back some market share. However, Google is also rumored to be working on a next generation Nexus 10 tablet, so we’ll have to see if the larger device will be any more successful for the company.
There is already an 8-inch Google tablet available: the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition. However, that’s only one version of a fairly modest selling tablet. The Nexus 8 would be a Google flagship device and likely to generate more interest than the G Pad.
When can we expect to see the Nexus 8 launched? Early speculation is pointing to Google’s I/O conference, which will be held in May 2014. However, just because Google is holding the I/O event in May doesn’t necessarily mean that it would be the ideal time for a high-profile product launch. The Nexus 7 2013 was released in July 2013 at a low-key event, so we could see a similar launch for the 8-inch Google tablet.
The source of the rumors, Digitimes, isn’t always to be believed on tech reports, but it promises that we’ll hear more news on the nexus 8 after February. We’ll have to wait until then, and hopefully the coming months will shed some more light on this interesting new product launch.