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Google Nexus 8 tablet could be in the works after all

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We’ve been inundated with leaks and rumours about new Nexus phones, but it’s been quiet on the tablet front so far.

Fortunately, that trend has seemingly been cut short thanks to a new leak that suggests Google is working on a new Nexus tablet after all.

A mysterious device has apparently turned up on Geekbench3, one of the most popular smartphone benchmarking software services. The readout was first spotted by Mobipicker.

What’s interesting is that it’s actually not so mysterious after all – the device is conspicuously named as “Nexus 8”.

That’s not a device that currently exists amongst Google’s Nexus arsenal, but the moniker does fit with the company’s naming convention.

What’s more, last year we heard rumours that Google was working on a Nexus 8 tablet. Instead, the company launched the tepidly-received Nexus 9.

This latest leak could be proof that a Nexus 8 tablet really does exist. But what will it look like?

Well the name is a dead giveaway for a start. As with previous Nexus devices, the Nexus 8 – if it exists – will land with an 8-inch (-ish) screen.

The benchmark readout also gives us some clues as to what we can expect from the device.

For instance, it’s listed as using an octa-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. Unfortunately, we don’t know which exact chip features.

The device is also seemingly running on Android 5.1.1, however we’d say it’s far more likely that a new Nexus tablet will actually ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

That’s Google’s upcoming update to its mobile operating system, expected to debut on new Nexus devices this autumn.

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There’s little else we can extract from this latest leak, so we’ll just have to wait for an official unveiling from Google.

If the Nexus 8 does exist, it’s likely to land alongside the long-rumoured LG Nexus 5 (2015) and Huawei Nexus 6 (2015).

Would you like to see an 8-inch tablet from Google? Tell us why in the comments.


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Dead Words

August 25, 2015, 8:45 pm

Android tablets have actually seemingly gotten less desirable lately. Last year saw the Hudl 2, Galaxy Tab S, Nvidia Shield...it makes this year seem like a downgrade in comparison. All we have is the overpriced Sony Z4 Tablet (although that is one great tablet besides the price) and the disappointing Tab S2 tablets.
However, Windows tablets seem to be getting up there in quality. At least, the Surface 3 is seriously impressive. I'm hoping the next Windows tablets follow suit.

mark choletti

August 29, 2015, 5:25 pm

Most people don't want a Windows Surface thingymajig. Judging by sales figures, they tend to buy ipads and android tablets. The Z4 is seriously overpriced, but that is Sony for you. The S2 is actually on a par with the S4, if not better. As for the other tablets you mentioned, they do the job in a fairly decent manner.

Dead Words

August 29, 2015, 5:26 pm

The Surface series is hugely popular, they're just more expensive then most Android or Apple tablets.

mark choletti

August 29, 2015, 5:34 pm

Hugely popular? You and I must define that word differently when it comes to tablets. I base it on unit sales around the world. This time last year, Microsoft posted a 2 billion dollar loss on Surface "sales" or lack of.

Dead Words

August 29, 2015, 5:37 pm

Again, Surfaces are more flagship devices than any flagship Apple or Android tablet. They run full Windows. It's an entirely different target group, and for their target group they sell extremely well.

LeeTronix

August 29, 2015, 10:04 pm

That is a sweeping statement please show me the cold hard facts that support this?

LeeTronix

August 29, 2015, 10:06 pm

In my opinion tablets are just not all that. Personally I think the SP3 is fantastic has the tablet / laptop form with PC power and a range of excellence in performance and customisation. The iPad is a great tablet but it just that a tablet and it is not user friendly to work from and like many other tablets its just a very expensive 3/4 browser piece of hardware.

DH

August 30, 2015, 5:31 am

I've had iPads and Android tablets, Windows tablets pee upon them from a great height. I've had an original Surface, more recently a HP Stream 7 as a travel device and a HP Pavilion 10 x2 tablet/keyboard combo for lounge use. I've got Windows 10 on them and they make the competition look like toys. As you say, they are full PCs with the best of desktop and the best of tablets in one device. I could never go back to an Android or Apple device now.

DH

August 30, 2015, 5:33 am

Windows tablets generally do kick butt. :)
I've had a Surface, HP Stream 7 and HP Pavilion 10 x2 (bit like a low-power Surface) - all really, really great machines.

LeeTronix

August 30, 2015, 5:55 am

I have SP2/3, pixel chromebook, ipad, tab s 8.4, mac pro, mac book pro, alienware pc, and others and yet my fav is SP3 & mac pro and book pro.

DH

August 30, 2015, 9:31 am

I did the Apple thing, never again LOL :)

LeeTronix

August 30, 2015, 9:44 am

I use apple for mainly my music studio and some digital art software that runs through a another piece of hardware. I am not a apple fan either they are as I call them these days appleBling.

DH

August 30, 2015, 10:21 am

I did lots on mine, AV editing, 3D modelling and rendering, programming etc. but was able to carry on just fine without Mac OS. Notice you mentioned the Chromebook, had a terrible, terrible time with that, ended up quitting Google entirely, LOL. I use Linux (which I've mostly used since it came out) as my main driver and Windows for my tablets and phone.

LeeTronix

August 30, 2015, 10:30 am

Believe it or not I also use my SP3 for digital artwork it works through a Wacom Cintiq 24 HD Touch. For my music production and sound engineering and mastering etc I use apple it is far more potent for this in my opinion. Windows tends to have more reliability issues in this department. As for the Google Pixel I actually love it, I use it daily and it works great but you have to appreciate it for what it is but its a great piece and well built. The build quality kills anything appleBling could ever do in this area. I do not mind Linux but I just cannot be bothered with putting in the extra effort with the OS it takes me back to my old programming days a lot of effort for minimal results.

DH

August 30, 2015, 11:01 am

I liked the Chromebook hardware, but it was the basic idea that failed for me - especially when I moved and was offline for 6 weeks. If I hadn't other computers and backups to fall back onto, I'd have gone mad - thank heavens for music and movies locally stored! I live in an area that just doesn't have good internet, even now - 2 years on, it's still temperamental, and 'mobile' internet is patchy because of the unique coastal geography. I prefer Microsoft's approach to online/cloud services where they are an -optional- 'extension' of the computer, rather than the actual 'core' of it. I prefer every Microsoft alternative to Google services and the lack of a forced social network, I hated being co-opted into G+. I don't do social networks - apart from Disqus if that counts. I know what you mean about Linux LOL, I felt like that when I initially switched to Mac OS X as a main OS (I'd had Mac OS machines in the 90's alongside my Linux and Sun hardware) but I ended up using a lot of open source software anyway, so the transition away and back to Linux (and Windows as needed) was easy. I use a distribution that just works for my hardware, I couldn't be fussed with re-compiling kernels and modules nowadays!

I'd love to chat more about this but we'll hijack the discussion, LOL. :)

Dead Words

August 30, 2015, 11:32 am

I started out using iOS, then moved to Android. Once I started using Android I realized just how little I actually liked iOS. I don't see the appeal in any iPad other than for the statement and I'm not interested in that. After I had a really bad experience with Google services I was driven towards Microsoft services and found I actually like them much more. So now I'm all Microsoft, and I couldn't agree more about Windows tablets being well above anything Google or Apple create. They're decent media consumption tools but for serious work you need Windows.
I've not had a whole lot of experience with Mac OS except for some video and music editing and I wasn't a fan.

LeeTronix

August 30, 2015, 1:08 pm

Nothing wrong with our chat in thread :) hehe. I will get back to you later :D

LeeTronix

August 30, 2015, 4:34 pm

I had my first mac in 84 and up until around 2012 I just hated the way macs were going and they were becoming far too controlling and now look at them...I would say I am a fan of Windows because I respect more so today how they are up front and allowing themselves to be used across different platforms and are really trying to innovate. I cannot see Google become a true platform unless we end up with phones replacing the PC period then the things will be interesting.

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