Is Google going for a Nexus 8.9?

According to a report from CNET, Google is gearing up on its plans to make a Goldilocks-sized Nexus 8.9. Let’s check it out, shall we?

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Nexus 8.9 in the works?

In an email to CNET, Rhoda Alexander, Director, Tablet and Monitor Research at IHS Technology, said that Google is planning an 8.9-inch tablet PC slated for release later this year. The interview covered a few important things about this rumored slate, so let’s break it down.

Production is going to start in July or August. This means that we will probably see this tablet PC – if the statements hold water, that is – in time for the holidays. Alexander indicated that HTC may be the manufacturer behind this upcoming Nexus tablet.

The Google Nexus 8.9 is going to be a premium, “high performance” device. According to Alexander, this baby is expected to have high end specs. She also indicated that production will be limited, and as a “lower volume product” the Nexus 8.9 will have a higher “price tag to support the specifications.” She did not have any information about the pricing, but she did say that the slate may become available upwards of US $299.

The new Google Nexus 7 is in the works too. Alexander said that they “still expect to see a 3rd generation of the Nexus 7 product at some point in 2014 but do not have any confirmation of actual contracts for such a product at present.”

Other Notes

Unfortunately, juicy details like specs and features were not discussed. Judging from the current market though, the Google Nexus 8.9 would have a number of strong competitors – and it’s not even out of the gates yet. There’s the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 on one end, and of course, the Apple iPad mini with Retina Display on the other. Samsung also has the upcoming Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

All three have premium specs, including the most blindingly crisp displays anywhere, and premium price tags as well. Will Google go down this route? Right now, it looks like it. This 8.9-incher may be what most people have been praying for, so we’re not complaining. We’re interested to know more about this baby, but we will have to wait for further confirmation. Until then, we will have to file this bit in the rumor bin.

source [ CNET ]

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