Nexus 8 is rumored to be on its way to improve what Nexus 7 had provided its users. It is found out that Nexus 8 may be launching soon as supported by claims of tech bloggers, which include Carsten Knobloch. According to his references, which pertain to Chromium Projects, Nexus 8 may indeed tag on the previous Nexus 7. There is no complete information about the device. It is just stated that Nexus 8 release may be hinted by the launching of either Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 previously. Plus, there is still no additional fact whether Google will stick to Samsung and Asus for manufacturing its next versions of tablets.
The Release Date of Nexus 8
The Nexus 8 release is not yet declared. However, due to the logic provided by Google in unveiling its Nexus devices, one can foretell the date for Nexus 8 to be brought out to smartphone users. The release date of Nexus 10 is November 13, 2012. On the other hand, release date for Nexus 7 2012 was on July 13, 2012, whereas Nexus 7 2013 was on July 26, 2013. Some rumors simply suggested that Nexus 8 will be released by July, which follows the Google I/O event that is focused on software launching than hardware releases. There is one possible concrete rumor, which pertains to the third quarter release date for the device. This will be in between the months of September and November. This hearsay can be backed by the fact that July or August is the month for the commencing of Nexus 8 production. People were advised to stay tuned for info since Nexus 8 may come any time soon. But still, Nexus 8’s exact launching date remains unknown.
The Manufacturer of Nexus 8
It is rumored that HTC will take over the manufacturing of Nexus 8, who is the renowned company that introduced HTC One M8, which is one of the powerful smartphones today. HTC previously rejected the offer of developing Nexus 7 for the company focused on creating its own smartphones. Google by then chose Asus to create its Nexus version 7. This HTC rumor is possible for Google has long been partnering with various manufacturers to create an assortment of Nexus versions. Samsung made Nexus 10, Nexus 4 and 5 were manufactured by LG, and 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7s were delivered by Asus.
A Possible Plus for HTC
HTC may reap various advantages in taking over developing the new Nexus 8. HTC had already failed in providing HTC Flyer to the market, which is exhibited by the poor response from smartphone users. Despite the step of Sprint to sell Flyer as HTC Evo View 4G, a tepid result was still encountered. Since HTC had slimmed down its product portfolio, Nexus 8 can be its way to provide people the HTC Sense feel once again.
There are still various questions on what type of screen Nexus 8 will sport. Some speculated that the new Nexus may have 16:10 8.9 inches screen or 16:10 8 inches screen. It was told to Cnet that the new Nexus will have a high resolution 8.9-inch screen. Rhoad Alexander of IHS Technology affirmed this. The high resolution screen of Nexus 8 will work along with 2560 x 1600 pixels on Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 of the device. The density of Nexus 8 pixel is expected to be 339 PPI, which is above the Nexus 7 2013’s 323 PI output. Nonetheless, it is clarified that if Nexus 8 will replace Nexus 7, the 8 inches screen is still likely. In contrary, it will make sense for Nexus 8 to have 8.9 inches screen if Nexus 10 stand-in is Google’s goal.
The Processor Power
Suggestions revealed that Nexus 8 will likely run in Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which is also found in both Nexus 7s, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5. Nonetheless, many people are still anxious whether the new Nexus will sport the new Snapdragon 800, 801, or 805, which are now commonly infused in flagship smartphones. This may be possible but Google established its means of lowering the costs of its smartphones by utilizing last-generation processors. If Google will keep up its commitment, Snapdragon 600 or 800 may be traced in Nexus 8.
Another report revealed that an Intel Atom processor may also be used by the company, replacing the well known Qualcomm processor. There are two Intel Atoms announced this year, which are Intel Atom Z3560 clocked at 1.8 GHz and Intel Atom Z3580 clocked at 2.33 GHz. With these chips possibly present in the smartphone, more exciting features can be expected from the new Nexus, particularly in 3D gaming.
The most recent rumor, which covered up the previous ones, suggested that Nexus 8 can be powered by K1, which is an Nvidia Tegra 64-bit SoC.
The operating system of Nexus 8 is expected to be the new Android L OS, which Google set to launch this year. The new operating system will not literally replace KitKat, but outperform it in a way. Nexus 8 is projected to take advantage of the 64-bit backend of Android L. The Google I/O Developer Conference will unveil the much awaited operating system. This makes Nexus 8 superior to previous Nexus 7, which is working in Android 4.2 OS, known as Jellybean.
It is expected that Nexus 8 will have an eight megapixels camera, which will provide users decent snaps to take. Although it is a possible tablet device, Nexus 8 may be an alternative for photo-taking. It is also leaked that there will be a 1.6 megapixels front-facing camera.
Nexus 8 may have its dual front-facing speakers, which will make Nexus 8 an improved audio device compared to its tablet counterparts. Nexus 7 was formerly described to have a major let-down audio output, which places Nexus 8 in front of the running line.
The Certifications Circling Around
Nexus 8 may indeed be getting its required certifications for release, specifically in South Korea. According to reports, it has a passed certification having the device number “0P8210000”. The information is revealed by an account named @evleaks. The provider of the information claimed that it is the real Nexus 8.
Nexus 8 is predicted to cost around £180 or an approximated $300. As mentioned above, Google is known for cutting down price, which makes its devices competitive to other rivals. In other words, Nexus 8 will indeed be affordable. Google does not make money from hardware and the rumors that a lower price tag compared to Samsung’s Tab S 8.4 is feasible. This is a great advantage for tablet savvies looking for breathtaking features in the cheapest way possible.