The Nexus 8 has been in and out of the news for most of the year so far, but this latest batch of leaks, if true, would certainly make the wait worthwhile.
The Nexus 8 recently passed certification at the Korean RRA, under a device code “0P82100”, so we’re pretty sure that the tablet is on the way. According to @UpLeaks, the HTC Nexus 8, or Volantis or Flounder as it has been called, is codenamed T1, will come with some pretty high end specs, and could be the first new Nexus device to ship with Android L as its operating system.
HTC’s Nexus 8 is expected to arrive with a 64-bit Nvidia Tegra processor, which is likely to be the Tegra K1 with Denver CPU cores, 4GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera with flash, a 1.6 megapixel front facing camera, and the usual assortment of NFC and GPS connections. As well as that, there also appears to be a cellular model planned with a Qualcomm MDM9x25 LTE modem, according to @UpLeaks. Furthermore, the tablet is expected to come with a 2560×1600 resolution display, and a metal chassis for a more premium finish.
HTC T1(a.k.a Flounder/Volantis) 64Bit Tegra processor, MDM9x25 modem(for cellular model), 4GB RAM(Elpida 2GB*2), NFC, GPS, Android L
— UpLeaks (@upleaks) August 8, 2014
However there is a catch. All this high-end hardware is expected to come with a slightly heftier price tag than the Nexus 7. Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet and monitor research at IHS Technology, suggests that the Nexus 8 will ship in lower volumes than previous Nexus tablets, and will carry a more premium price tag to support the high-end hardware. It’s doubtful that the HTC Nexus 8 would retail for more than the Samsung Tab S 8.4, which costs $400, but it’s likely that the device will cost more than $300.
In terms of availability, production is expected to begin in the July/August period, so anytime now, meaning that the tablet could be unveiled in the next month or so. The inclusion of Android L out of the box means that the device could arrive as early as “this fall”, or failing that, towards the end of the year.
What do you make about the possibility of a premium Nexus device with a more expensive price tag?