Google has done well with its Nexus line, particularly the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, which delivered high end smartphone specs on a budget and both versions of the Nexus 7, which did the same for slates. So it's no surprise that the company is seemingly looking at adding another device into the mix, specifically the Nexus 8.
Numerous mentions of the device, which may be closer to 9 inches than 8, have popped up over the last few months, alternately referring to it as the Nexus 8, Nexus 9 and Volantis, so it's starting to look like a safe bet that it's coming in some form.
That still leaves a lot of questions unanswered, such as when it's arriving, how much it will cost and what its specs will be. But as more news and rumors roll in we're picking them apart and putting them all in one place (here) so you can learn everything there is to know about the Nexus 8 before it's announced.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A new tablet set to fill the gap between the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10
- When is it out? Possibly August 19, failing that October or November
- What will it cost? Around £275 / $464 / AU$498 is our best guess
Nexus 8 release date and price
We were hoping that the Nexus 8 might show up at Google I/O, but, er, it didn't. HTC is believed to be behind the tablet, but we've yet to see a date when it might show up. Either way, it will probably be Google's event, not HTC's.
No other possible release dates have been put forward but if not August perhaps we'll see it alongside the Nexus 6, which itself is rumored for an October or November debut. A tablet codenamed the HTC 'Flounder' has made its way through Wi-Fi certification, and has been listed with different SKUs (unique model identifiers) that mean it will probably come in both Wi-Fi and 4G flavors as usual.
We're guessing on the price too, but it's likely to fall somewhere between the Nexus 7 (£199 / $336 / AU$360) and the Nexus 10 (£319 / $538 / AU$578), so maybe it will be around £275 / $464 / AU$498.
Nexus 8 display
Going by the name you'd logically assume that the Nexus 8 would have an 8-inch display, or something very close to that, but in fact it looks like it might stretch to 8.9 inches.
Initial rumors pointed to an LG built device with an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 screen. However more recent ones point to an 8.9-inch slate, while LG is seemingly out of the picture, with HTC being the likely maker.
That 8.9-inch size has popped up more than once while the idea of an 8.3-inch slate seems to have disappeared into the ether, so 8.9 inches is looking likely. 8.9 inches might also make more sense, as 8.3 inches isn't drastically bigger than the Nexus 7. Now, 8.9 inches could encroach on the Nexus 10 but that's been MIA for a while.
The first resolution rumors for the 8.9-inch size pointed to 2048 x 1440, however @evleaks, who's shared a number of details on the device and is fairly reliable as tipsters go, claims that the slate is being tested with a 1680 x 1050 screen, but that it will ship with a 2560 x 1600 display, so we could be in for some seriously crisp visuals.
Since this larger screen size was put forward some leaks have started referring to the Nexus 9, but it's largely thought that the Nexus 8 and 9 are one and the same.
Nexus 8 design
It's not entirely clear what the Nexus 8 will look like. On the one hand we've heard that Google wants a new design for its new slate, which is apparently part of the reason why it's reportedly teamed up with HTC rather than Asus. But on the other it's been reported that the Nexus 8 is similar to the Nexus 7.
So we're not sure what to make of it yet. But it's looking increasingly likely that HTC is the company behind the tablet, so there's a good chance that it will have a premium design and perhaps even be carved from aluminium like the HTC One M8.