Back in 2012, it was first reported that Google might come up with a 7-inch tablet. Until last year, Google had no qualms with the 7-inch form factor. Now suddenly, it appears that Google may come up with an 8-inch Nexus 8 tablet, if sources close to DigiTimes are to be believed.
According to a new report, Google is seeing lower than expected demand for its second-generation Asus made Nexus 7. Due to the influx of cheap 7-inch Android-powered tablets in the market, Nexus 7 (2013) has been impacted.
The report further stated that the second-generation Nexus 7 is seeing lower demand, compared to the first gen model, which went on becoming a successful product in the tablet market. Though, there are no exact figures available, which proves that the Asus Nexus 7 (2013) failed to meet market expectations. However, Google may be planning to release an 8-inch Nexus branded tablet in favor of 7-inch display size.
Meanwhile, Google may use Intel's Bay Trail-T processor in the next-generation Nexus 8 tablet, but Qualcomm is still in the race. The clear picture around the 8-inch Nexus tablet will emerge after February. Also, Asus is said to get the contract for making 8-inch Nexus tablet, due to close relationship with Google. In fact, Samsung, LG and Lenovo are unlikely to get the contract.
So yes, Google is planning to jump into an 8-inch tablet market. Of late 8-inch form factor is getting attention all over, thanks to the success of iPad Mini Retina Display. There are other tablets as well in this space, notably, LG G Pad 8.3. Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 8.4 and older gen iPad Mini.
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