Nexus 8 Release Date, Specs and Rumours: AKA The HTC "Volantis"

News Paul Briden 11:18, 31 Jul 2014

The Nexus 10 2 is DEAD. Long Live The Nexus 8

Nexus 8 Latest News 

Google's Nexus 10 2 is well on the way to becoming some kind of mythological beast, such is its continued elusiveness - like a Unicorn, or something. But perhaps another analogy could be Captain Ahab's White Whale, because for many that elusiveness has become teeth-gnashingly infuriating.

Google has said absolutely nothing about the Nexus 10 2, and the idea of a larger, more premium Nexus slate now seem to have fallen by the wayside. That’s the bad news. The good news, however, is that Google is apparently working on an 8.9in slate – dubbed the Nexus 8 – and word on the street suggests its an absolute monster. 

The name Nexus 8 name has been uncovered in the Chromium Code Review by some German developers called Florian Kiersch and Carsten Knobloch. From the details you’ll see below it pretty much confirms the next tablet will in fact be called the Nexus 8.

It doesn’t reveal any more details apart from the name but we previously saw reports that it may be made by HTC based on rumours and similar code findings. The same code also unearthed the Nexus 6 name for the expected smartphone successor, believed to be in preparation by Google. To learn more about the next Nexus smartphone you’ll find everything you need to know here.

A lot of reliable sources are now claiming that HTC will build Google’s 2014 Nexus tablet offering. According to evleaks the HTC Nexus 9 is codenamed Volantis or “T1″ but this isn’t all the company is working on – there are two other units under development too, going by the names T7 and T12. 

What’s interesting about this leak is that it could tell us about HTC’s upcoming post-Nexus plans to bring a tablet to market, something we haven’t seen happen since 2011’s HTC Flyer. And the codenames (T7 and T12) could, according to Gotta Be Mobile, be based on the slate’s display sizes – one with a 7in setup, the other with 12in. 

So what will this tablet be like? Read on to find out everything that’s currently been said about Google’s upcoming Nexus 8.

Nexus 8 Release Date 

Nothing. Zippo. Nada is known about when the Nexus 8 will come to market. Initial speculation pointed to a launch either during or in the immediate wake of Google I/O 2014, which of course didn’t happen. Q4 is a possibility, as is an IFA unveiling in September, although Google could just as easily hold fire until Q1 2015 when Qualcomm’s next-gen 64-bit chipsets will be commercially appearing inside handsets and tablets.

As of right now, everybody is stumped in this regard…

One outside chance is HTC’s August 19 New York launch event. Most reports claim this is where the company will unveil its Windows Phone 8.1-powered HTC One (W8) handset, however, there has been talk of both the Nexus 8 and the rumoured HTC One M8 reboot making an appearance. A wearable device is also a possibility, although a MAJOR launch event seems a bit much for a mere smartwatch. Our money’s on the W8. 

Nexus 8 Design

IHS Technology, a technology consultancy firm, told CNET Google is planning to release a larger Nexus tablet later in the year with a “high performance” screen. The tablet is rumoured to be entering production in July this year but will be made in much smaller volumes than the Nexus 7. It’ll also cost a bit more due to higher specifications according to the firm.

More recently this image was leaked by Google itself. Is this the Nexus 8? A lot of people reckon it is, as it ties in nicely with previously leaked images – check the rounded edges and front-facing speaker grille. 

And then there’s this: a tablet called the “HTC Volantis” which Android Police claims is the upcoming Nexus 8. Specs for the device sound impressive too, tallying with what we’ve already heard about the tablet – namely that it will be targeted at competing more closely with Apple’s iPad Mini.

Here’s a full breakdown of the Nexus 8’s specs:

  • 8.9" Display at 2048x1440 (281ppi)
  • NVIDIA Logan 64-bit processor (Tegra K1)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal storage
  • 8MP OIS main camera, 3MP front facing camera
  • Aluminum zero-gap construction
  • Stereo front-facing speakers
  • 8.91"x5.98"x0.31" body (that's 22.63x15.19x0.79cm)
  • 418g (or 427g with LTE) (that's 14.74/15.1 ounces)

Nexus 8 Price

Rhoda Alexander from IHS Technology told CNET she “would not be surprised if it is higher than $299.” Would you spend that kind of money on a Nexus 8 tablet? The source also suggested Google would be producing a third-generation Nexus 7, too. Alexander said, “We 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.” 

Android Police leaked a bunch of information about the Nexus 8 on the eve of Google I/O 2014. You can see a breakdown of the device’s alleged specs above, as well as a picture of what the HTC-built Nexus tablet looks like. According to the report’s sources, Google will release the tablet inside Q4 and it will come in two flavours: 16GB ($399) and 32GB ($499). 

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