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We have passed April and have seen nothing yet.
Last month, we came across a report from Digitimes where it said that Google might be shifting from the 7-inch to the 8-inch market by unveiling Nexus 8 somewhere around mid 2014. Nexus 8, like the other nexus tablets, will also be made by ASUS and a new report from the same source has revealed that the tablet might be unveiled in April.
The decision of moving away from the 7-inch market is due to the falling demand of the Nexus 7. Simply put, it wasn;t according to Google’s expectations. Although we have seen people getting excited once the Nexus 7 2013 version was released, in reality the tablet did face an intense price competition in the 7-inch segment which diverted the potential buyers to another product. According to the report, less than three million units were sold last year since the launch.
Therefore, Google is planning to abandon the 7-inch segment and have selected the 8-inch as the size of the third generation Nexus 7 to avoid competition from large screen smartphones and price competition.
The hardware specs haven’t been leaked out yet but there are rumors of going for an Intel processor this time for the Nexus 8. Apart from the tablet having an 8-inch display, we do not have information regarding the other specs.
We’ll keep you updated!