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Nexus 8: Release Date, Specs, Price, Rumors About Asus’s New Google Nexus Tablet [REPORT]

Nexus 8 Release Date Expected To Be Q4 Of 2013, October Or November

By AJ on July 9, 2013 11:39 AM EDT 0

Credit: Rob Freking via TechnoBuffalo
Credit: Rob Freking via TechnoBuffalo

Nexus 8 release date, specs, price and rumors are filtering out about Asus's new Google Nexus tablet. It may seem pre-mature, but the next-gen Nexus 7 2 is likely to be released soon, leaving many wondering about what kind of specs, price and features the Nexus 8 will boast.

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We can speculate about Nexus 8 release date, specs, price and rumors because Nexus 7 2 release date and specs were leaked by an Asus customer service rep. We were informed that the release date of the Nexus 7 2 would be before the ending of July, so right toward the end of Q2. Reasonably speaking then we can expect the Nexus 8 release date to be Q4 of 2013, in October or November.

The reason we suspect the October or November release date for the Nexus 8 is that Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is expected to arrive in October. The long awaited Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie OS update is expected to come to the Nexus line of devices first. So you can expect the Nexus 5, Nexus 8 and Nexus 11 to be the first devices to have Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

In terms of Nexus 8 specs we should take a look at Nexus 7 2 specs first. The Nexus 7 2 is expected to have a 7-inch 1890 x 1200 LED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, a 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front-facing camera. The OS is expected to be Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Naturally we can expect the Nexus 8 specs to be an improvement over Nexus 7 2 specs.

Nexus 8 release date, specs and price have been suggested by Rob Freking, who has developed concept art for the device along with suggestions for what kind of hardware and software it might boast. "As for the hardware, the Nexus 8 would come with a 8-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, Adreno 320 GPU, a 3 MP rear camera and a 2 MP front-facing one, and the latest Android version. The price should start at about $199 for the 8 GB internal storage model."

We're not sure about the Nexus 8 specs, perhaps the Nexus 8 will feature the higher-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, though that would make it pricier than the $200 speculated by Freking. There has been a move toward the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, widely regarded as the best and most efficient processor currently on the market. It also wouldn't make sense for the Nexus 8 specs to be only marginally better than the Nexus 7 2.

In fact, the camera on the Nexus 8 sounds like it will be worse than what we expect for the next-gen Nexus 7 2. Basically while the Nexus 8 release date of Q4 of 2013 in October or November sounds about right, particularly since it coincides with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, we don't think the specs speculated by Freking are accurate. In fact, it seems that he was predicting the specs of the Nexus 7 2, not the Nexus 8.

We will likely get a  better idea of Nexus 8 release date, specs, price and rumors following the official release of the Nexus 7 2 in late July. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

What do you think of the speculated Nexus 8 release date, specs, price and other rumors?

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