Asus, Acer, Dell and Lenovo are reportedly preparing 8-inch Android tablets for Q3 2013

by: Alex SerbanJune 20, 2013

samsung galaxy note 8 display aa

According to NPD DisplaySearch, a well-known source of insightful information when it comes to production trends, Android tablet makers will no longer bet only on the casual 7-inch or 10-inch sizes to attract customers. Starting with the third quarter of this year, various manufacturers including Asus, Acer, Dell and Lenovo are preparing to launch new 8-inch devices.

Following iPad Mini trend and later the success of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, it seems the market has developed a new sense for slightly larger slates which can accommodate more content but still keep that high-portability factor and reduced weight.

When did the 8-inch fashion started?

When the 7.9-inch iPad Mini was introduced it claimed to have around 40 per cent more viewing area than a regular 7-inch Android tablet. While the claim caught the attention of the unwary public, many were disappointed to find that a 4:3 aspect ratio is not a great choice for watching movies and videos, which are usually rendered in 16:9 ratios. Huge portions of the screen were left unused and the experience, from my point of view, was amateurish.

Well, that issue could now be fixed by a new batch of Android tablets. The first such device was the Galaxy Note 8.0, which came with a 16:10 aspect ratio, a proportion almost perfect for media consumption.


iPad Mini vs Nexus 7

Another reason for this shift would be the consumer segment targeted by 8-inch tablets. While 7-inch units usually go for the lower-end market, selling for cheap prices and integrating rather modest specification (with some exceptions), slightly bigger units should be sold for premium prices. This is yet another Apple-borrowed principle, which managed to capture a significant share of the market even though the starting price of the iPad Mini is $329.

Known mostly for their desktop products, vendors like the ones above are said to be shifting production towards the tablet sector as personal computer shipments continue to decrease. While the total number of tablet shipments is expected to increase around 67 per cent when compared with the past year, up to 10 per cent of all slates are expected to be 8-inch products.

The report also mentioned a possible introduction of a new iPad Mini, but that is said to happen only in 2014. This should give enough time for Android enthusiasts to properly seize the opportunity.

Would you opt for a 8-inch tablet instead of a slightly smaller one?

  • MasterMuffin

    They should make the damn screens at least 1920×1080, then I’d consider these mini tablets

  • jz100

    Higher resolution does nothing but create more eyestrain and slow down the gpu. Don’t fall for the propoganda started by Apple.

    • kascollet

      OK for the stress on the GPU, but seriously… more eyestrain… with a higher pixel density allowing for the smaller text to become readable ?

    • Captain Igor

      Try 149ppi Transformer and 300ppi Nexus 10 and than you’ll see bullshit you just said…

  • HitokiriX

    I really want the Note 8.0 but that price needs to drop by about $50 bucks before I’d get one.

    • jwill6000k

      I was holding off to buy the next Nexus 7 but started looking at the mini iPad and the 8-inch screen really makes quite a bit of difference and has about 65% more screen space to play with, which is much easier to work with than the traditional 7-inch size, yet is still quite compact and easy to carry… so I considered the upcoming Acer Iconia A1 8-inch but found a similar 8-Inch model that overall offers better features and performance… the Pipo U8($189) which launched this week is a fairly impressive tablet now available on line at T ablet Sprint

      I’ve had mine for 2 days and it has a sleek look, has a more powerful battery (4650 mAh) than the Acer’s 3250 mAh battery, as well as twice the Memory and 2GB DRAM (Acer only has 1GB)… and the main specs include a Quad Core processor, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, MicroSD
      memory, Front and Back 5 MegaPixel Cameras, Android 4.2.2 and Google Play; and it’s also one of the first Android tablets to feature Miracast HD Wireless capability, similar to Apple’s AirPlay, which basically turns an HDTV into a multimedia computer console. Pipo has launched four impressive new models all available at Tablet Sprint. Overall, the Pipo M8 offers a solid build and performance, the screen is the same as the mini iPad and is sharp looking; and graphics-intense Gaming is also quite good..

  • NexusKoolaid

    Dell making Android tablets? Wasn’t it in late 2011 that they pulled away from Android to focus on Windows? I guess that didn’t pan out the way they planned.

  • kascollet

    “a 4:3 aspect ratio is not a great choice for watching movies and videos, which are usually rendered in 16:9 ratios.”
    Still using your tablet mainly for watching movies… this is so sad.

  • Charles Chambers

    I used to always make fun of the ipad for its 4:3 aspect ratio.
    I so badly wanted to hate on the ipad mini. However, after playing with it a lot I broke down and bought one. I prefer the 4:3 aspect ratio for tablets. Unless you are watching movies all the time. I find 4:3 is better for reading landscape and portrait and better for browsing the web.

    • kascollet

      Why dont Android tablet makers get that obvious fact ?
      I understand they can save a few pennies by reducing the screen estate but it makes the products much less effective… and people keep buying iPads.

  • APai

    sub $200 8 inch tablets would be a perfect market to exploit for PC vendors stung by loss of PC sales.