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Google Nexus 8 launch scheduled for mid-2014?

The Google Nexus 9 has been tipped to launch later this year by upstream supply chain sources.

Google could launch an 8-inch Nexus tablet in the middle of this year in order to break free of the rammed 7-inch tablet market.

According to DigiTimes sources, Google has seen demand for the Google Nexus 7 2 impacted by the vast amount of competing 7-inch tablets on the market.

Due to this, Google is looking to focus on 8-inch alternatives for 2014, or so say sources from “the upstream supply chain”.

The original Nexus 7’s six million unit shipments has not been matched by the second-generation 7-inch Nexus tablet, so Google will launch the Nexus 9 to match the offering from Apple’s iPad mini 2 Retina display.

Apparently, Google has already partnered with Intel for the Nexus 9, which will therefore adopt an Intel Bay Trail processor. Of course, Qualcomm is rumoured to be trying to squash the deal.

Google’s Research and Development partner is tipped to be Asustek Computer, which is already responsible for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 7 2013.

The sources also suggest there will be more information surround the Google Nexus 9 in February, so we’ll keep you posted.

The Nexus 7 2 currently offers a 7-inch 1920 x 1200p Full HD display with a 323ppi image density protected by Corning glass.

Running on a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, it has 2GB of RAM alongside the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and 4G connectivity.

It has a 5-megapixel camera in the rear and 1.2-megapixels in the front for video calling.

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