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Claimed Google Nexus 8 tablet dummy unit leaks

We’ve heard plenty about the rumoured Nexus smartphones, but chatter about the Nexus 8 has been thin on the ground.

Fortunately, we may have just been given our first glimpse of the claimed tablet.

Two new photos, leaked by Chinese site padnews.cn, appear to show a Google Nexus 8 dummy unit.

The first picture shows the the claimed Nexus 8 next to a ruler – it measures about 200mm in length.

That sounds about right for an 8-inch tablet using the expected 4:3 aspect ratio.

The second photo gives us a close-up of the corner of the purported Nexus 8 tablet.

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Features include a metal frame, chamfered edges, and what looks to be a speaker grille.

Talk of the Nexus 8 was rife earlier this week after the tablet seemingly appeared on Geekbench 3.

Unfortunately, the leak gave us very little in the way of information about the mooted device.

For instance, the tablet tested was listed as using Android 5.1.1 Lollipop in the benchmark readout.

However, it’s far more likely that a Nexus 8 would launch with Google’s upcoming Android 6.0 Marshmallow on board.

Perhaps the key missing information is who will actually build the Nexus 8.

Google always outsources the manufacturing of its Nexus devices to third parties, but we’ve got no idea who’s working on the Nexus 8 – if it even exists.

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What we have a better idea about, however, are the two long-rumoured Nexus smartphones, tipped for an October launch.

According to the ever-turning rumour mill, LG will be building the Nexus 5 (2015), while Huawei will take up the reins on the Nexus 6 (2015).

Google has yet to confirm any such information about any upcoming Nexus devices, so take all of this with a pinch of salt.

Who would you like to see manufacturing a Nexus 8 tablet? Let us know in the comments.

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