Did Google just leak a Nexus 8 tablet? [update]

November 2, 2013

    Nexus 8 leak

    Google has certainly had a big week. It’s dropped new features for Google Plus, launched a Hangouts app with SMS functionality, and also released the much anticipated Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Kit Kat. However, there were a few surprises, including the lack of an update to the Nexus 10.

    If a tablet larger than the Nexus 7 (2013) is what you had in mind, but you didn’t like the Nexus 10, Google just might be readying a Nexus 8 tablet.

    Originally spotted by Britoid on The Verge Forums, an odd looking tablet was pictured in Google’s own promotional material for the revamped Android page for Android 4.4 KitKat. The picture is found at the bottom of the Apps & Entertainment page, and reveals a woman holding a tablet with very thin bezels.

    The bezels are much thinner than the ones found on the Nexus 7 (2013), and the device also appears to be running Android 4.4 KitKat (apparent due to the white status bar icons). The tablet looks to keep to a similar overall size when compared to the Nexus 7 (2013), leading us to believe that Google could be readying a Nexus 8 tablet.

    While this could be a Nexus 8, it's equally likely that it's just a marketing error, and a badly simulated screenshot.

    Before you get your hopes up too high, it could just be that this is a marketing mistake, and that it’s just a Nexus 7 with a poorly simulated screenshot on top. We will keep our eyes peeled for any more information on this mystery device, and we’ll keep you updated.

    Do you think this is a real product that Google is preparing? Or just a simple marketing error? Would you be interested in an 8-inch Nexus tablet?



    As you can see in the picture above, it looks like Google has now edited the original image, making it pretty obvious that what we are looking at is just the Nexus 7 2013. While this could mean that the original image was just a marketing error, there’s always a small chance that it was merely just a “teaser” of what’s to come. Either way, mystery solved for now. (Thanks Sanjay!)


    • Bjajjull

      It’s just bad Photoshop skills…

    • Alex James Simon

      It looks like the bottom of the screen is lopsided

    • joser116

      I was wondering what that device was. I don’t think Google did a crappy Photoshop. If they did, it is super crappy, way too different than Nexus 7. I actually think this is another device.

    • mustbepbs

      It’s not wide enough to be an 8 inch tablet. Holding both my Note 8 and G Pad 8.3 with my large man hands, you see less of my hands than hers.

      It’s a bad Nexus 7 photoshop. Even IF the bezels were non-existent like they are on the G Pad, it’s still too small.

    • Harry

      Looks like an iPad Mini… I might be wrong but I think screen ratio looks more like its 4:3 than 16:9 so doubt its a forthcoming Nexus device.

      • needa

        that is most definitely not a 4:3.

    • James

      But when has Google ever made a “mistake” like that without a motive behind it. Google has done some pretty amazing things. Why would a huge company make such an odd noticeable error

      • TeeJay1100


      • Tuấn Ankh

        This reminds me of the commercial of Google Hangout, where there was a Nexus 7 with led notification. That led notification clearly hinted to the 2013 Nexus 7, but the commercial used the 2012 model.

        I don’t think Google messed up this time either. It gotta hint something. xD

    • George Av
    • Caelum Cunnane

      After the Nexus 5 leaks, I don’t think Google do “marketing mistakes” by accident, I think we’re looking at the next member of the Nexus family…

      • Jayfeather787

        i agree. I would love a Nexus 8, especially if it had a Snapdragon 800 with 3 GB of RAM.

    • alan

      LG G Nexus 8? Why not? But… I’d want a better screen… higher ppi. No, not because it matters, but because they can.

      • PL

        Hell no. Smaller resolution (that means also lower ppi) makes device “faster”.

        • Jusephe

          Also prolongs battery life, because screen is the main battery killer in tablets…

    • jeddo45

      Maybe they are retiring the 10in tablet size in favor of an 8 in? Hopefully that’s not the case!

      • TeeJay1100

        They might but what I wanna know is where is the New Nexus 10 At??

    • ichuck7

      Oh gosh, I would love a Nexus 8!

      • Scott Niemczyk

        I think 8 inch tablets is the perfect size. I would love one of these too

        • ichuck7

          Agreed. I felt I compromised with the Nexus 7. I owned the Galaxy Tab 8 and iPad mini. It makes me really want a nexus 8.

    • asdf

      Please write an article about nexus 10(2014) rumours or at least what may have happened to it. I and most likely many others are curious

      • KK 4.5

        The fact that there was no new nexus 10 with android 4.4 makes me worried that google is going to release another minor version, 4.5, just to release it…

        • Jayfeather787

          What’s wrong with a 4.5 update? Maybe it will be specially designed for 10 inch tablets.

          • KK 4.5

            Whats wrong with this is that the lack of a major update for Android’s ability to be that much more advanced than other os’es is slowing down and thats going to injury the amount of support customers have for it. This is what happened to blackberry and this is what is happening to ios right now

            • KK 4.5

              EDIT: Whats wrong with this is that the lack of a major update for Android shows that its’s ability to be that much more advanced than other os’es is slowing down and thats going to injury the amount of support customers have for it. This is what happened to blackberry and this is what is happening to ios right now

            • Jayfeather787

              Okay, I see your point.

        • Mamoon Noorestani

          I’m sick and tired of Google releasing minor updates to Android Jellybean since it launched. Most OEM’s can never keep their smartphones up to date with the latest version of the Android operating system. My smartphone is still on Android 4.1 and till now 4.2, 4.3 and now 4.4 has released and i haven’t got even Android 4.2. My tablet is running Android OS 4.2.2 and it hasn’t even gotten 4.3 till date.

          • Claude Poirier

            Get in the nexus line :-)

            • David Klapouh

              Just not the Galaxy Nexus ; )

    • PL

      IMO it would be stupid to make now almost the same device. Maybe in new year we get nexus 8, like now we have nexus 5 not 4.

    • Sean 陳偉國 Tan

      if this turns out to be real, ill bet that samsung will be the oem

    • AmicusBrief

      Sorry, NOPE. I calculated the average female distal index phalange width and extrapolated the distance to the device screen diagonal in relation to nail bed dimensions. Result, 7″ screen, ergo, Nexus 7 2013 in the picture.

      • SkinnyPete

        Well if Heisenberg says it’s Nexus 7, we can take it as gospel, coz he knows science ‘n stuff , yo!

        • AmicusBrief

          Ya god damn right…

          • HisDivineOrder

            Way to go, science!

            Mad love, yo.

    • Alu Zeros

      no need for one, with the nexus 7 and great price

    • iTriune

      This would be perfect for me. The iPad Mini form factor is best for me and if it were that size, I’d make the switxh immediately.

    • Oli72

      Bring it own. I’m buying.

    • Dan Turano

      please dont make this the new rumor craze….. why would google release a n8 that is so close to the n5 and n7 size??? if the image was more n10 like i would understand, this is just weekend fluff news

      • randyparker

        Size matter, Dan. A 7-inch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio provides almost 21 square inches of display space. Bumping that up to an 8-inch display results in the display space jumping to almost 27.5 square inches of space – a difference of 6.5 square inches (or 16.5 centimeters).

        And if you were to consider a 10-inch 16:9 display, the screen’s real estate expands to a whopping 42.75 square inches, almost double the size of a 7-inch display – even though only 3 inches have been tacked on diagonally!

        So, if you’re wondering whether the difference in size is noticeable, the answer is – Yes.

        Fluff that…

    • Space910

      I think even she looks confused at what she is holding..

    • N

      she’s got big hands to hold an 8-incher with one hand :D

    • BB BB

      Nexus 8 would definitely be awesome and give more screen real estate for the virtual keys that chop off the screen pretty badly in landscape. Yes yes yes 4.4 kit kat will fix this with full screen apps but it will be a nice form factor.

    • Clarence

      If this surpass the specs of nexus 7 2 at an affordable price then, yes. I would be interested.

    • Jusephe

      After the tremendous success of iPad mini it was just a matter of time before everyone will jump on the 8″ revolution ship.

    • Gandalf

      whats an inch between friends.

      • Jayfeather787

        Nothing, but a new tablet from google is pretty exciting.

        • Bender

          Seriously? You should get out more :-)

          • Jayfeather787

            Indeed I should, but I enjoy tablet/phone news/hacking.

    • Valtheus

      I say if it is an 8″, i wouldn’t mind. Its good to have more options!

    • Omegaclawe

      Screen does not appear to be square, upon inspection. Also doesn’t seem to have a FFC, which I don’t expect a Nexus device to be missing.

      I’mma hafta go with photoshop on this one.

    • Brian Nguyen

      Either somebody at google sucks at photoshop, or it’s just KitKat running on some generic tablet

      • Jayfeather787

        Most of the time, google only has nexus devices on their websites and ads.

        • Jayfeather787

          Wait, maybe you’re right, at the top of meet android page, there is a girl holding a Samsung Galaxy S4. It might be a google edition, though.

    • CzarOfTruth

      7 to 8? Come on what kind of difference is that? A 10 just about makes it. This Nexus 8 talk is silliness. What’s next, hey folks Googles coming out with Nexus 7 3/4!

    • Aldo

      What about the Nexus 6 and 9?!

      …but seriously: I have a Nexus 10 (not so amazing as my Nexus 4) and I could buy the iPad mini 2…the Nexus 7 simply doesn’t cut. The screen need to be 16:10!

      • Bender

        Nexus6 lol I think there may be a problem with calling it that

    • AbbyZFresh

      these people just have too much money to spend on developing all these devices it seems. Aren’t they selling these at a cost? What makes Google think people want a Nexus 8 over a Nexus 7?

    • Noel

      One can easily fit an 8″ screen on the form factor of the the new N7…we may be looking at something akin to that..i dislike huge bezels. Or we may be looking at an 8″ LG made Nexus tablet derived from LG’s 8” tablet..more screen on a not huge form factor…count me in..

    • Roberto Tomás

      crossing my fingers it is an 8″ OLED tablet

    • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

      I wish there’ll be decent 4:3 android tablet …

    • GJV

      It’s just a lazy photoshop job, nothing more, nothing less.

      • randyparker


    • Ghost_Of_Sparta

      Please Google TAKE MY MONEY. This is the perfect size 8.0 or 8.3, the N7 is too small for me :(

    • Aaron Starr

      You never know.. Google outed the Nexux 5 in the kitkat video..

    • randyparker

      I’d buy it in a second.

    • Casey Robertson

      I’d buy, but the photo isn’t nexus 8

    • WolfFairy

      Why do they change to Nexus 8 ( size 8.9)? Why not they keep size 7 and 8.9 inches? Some people who have small hands and its is easier to handle with Nexus 7 instead of 8.9″. I would suggest to keep two open options size 7″ and 8.9″ for the customers to decide?