Rumor: HTC has won a bid to make the next Nexus tablet

February 6, 2014

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    According to a report out of Taiwan, HTC might be the next brand to jump into the Nexus arena with a brand new tablet scheduled for a Q3 2014 unveiling.

    Despite rumors that suggest that the Nexus line could be discontinued, it seems strange to think that Google would end a product line that serves so many purposes. First, it provides pure Android devices for developers, tinkers and Android purists. Second, low pricing allows many of us to get our hands on a high-end Android experience at an affordable price. And lastly, it brings additional exposure to Android manufacturers.

    If a new rumor from Taiwan proves correct, HTC will be the next brand to benefit from releasing a Nexus device.

    The last point has been most important for brands like Asus and LG. The Nexus 7 line has been rather successful at getting Asus’ products out there onto the market, in a way its own tablets haven’t been able to do. For LG, the success of the Nexus 4 brought more attention to the company and we’ve seen quite a few solid devices from LG since then including the LG Optimus G Pro, LG G2 and the Nexus 5.

    If a new rumor from Taiwan proves correct, HTC will be the next brand to benefit from releasing a Nexus device. According to Focus Taiwan, citing Commercial Times, HTC has won the bid for manufacturing a high-end Nexus tablet, which will ship sometime in Q3 2014. It’s unknown if HTC will be creating a successor to the Nexus 10, the Nexus 7 or perhaps something new altogether.

    Considering HTC hasn’t been involved in the tablet game for years, this would certainly be an interesting move — if it’s true. Of course, there’s a strong possibility this rumor is bogus, and circumspection is highly advised. HTC declined to comment on the report, though that’s standard practice in this type of situation.

    If the rumor is true, an HTC Nexus 10 or even an HTC Nexus 7 could go a long ways in helping HTC attract new fans. If such a tablet followed the design guidelines we’ve seen with the HTC One, this could also be one gorgeous looking device.

    What do you think, would you like to see HTC take a stab at a new Nexus tablet? Is this what HTC needs in order to really jettison the company back into the spotlight?

    Comments

    • http://www.profifalution.com/ Rage06

      Android might FINALLY get a premium tablet! The HTC Flyer was great (bar the price)
      A 10/11″ Metal tablet with pure Android would be amazing :D

      • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

        Secretly, I’ve longed to find a way to put stock Android on an iPad mini retina. As the market continues to get more and more saturated and competition grows more intense, we will see more manufacturers focus on producing devices of varying grades of build quality. It’s likely we will see the release of several very high quality Android tablets that employ metal builds. Sony, LG, and (hopefully) HTC.

        • http://www.profifalution.com/ Rage06

          True. And you’re not alone on the iPad mini situation. The Mini 1/2 and iPad Air are probably the best looking tablets out at the moment.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            And let’s not forget than Air is the lightest 10″ tablet on the market at the moment, with Tablet Z by Sony being a close second

        • Brendon Brown

          Totally agree with you on the iPad mini retina !

    • Sudeepto Dutta

      If this rumour is true, then I guess HTC is doing it very smartly. By making a nexus tablet, they can attract many users for their future tablets as well.

    • Corey Watford

      Please be a Nexus 8!!!

      • Rabid Rotty

        I’m hoping for an 8.458392

      • KingofPing

        ^^^This times infinity.

        HTC build quality on an 8 inch tablet? The only thing better would be adding a quality digitizer/pen combination.

        SD 805, 3GB RAM and I’m pretty much sold so long as there is a 32GB (or better) option. Don’t care too much about the display so long as it’s current to today’s standards (which will be old by then…right?)

        (I would also love to see a tablet version of Sense…maybe they can make a downloadable fastboot image with Sense?)

        • Amine Elouakil

          sadly with all the above it won’t be 250 or anything close to that,

          • KingofPing

            The n7 32GB is $270, so … yeah.

            So long as it falls between the 7 and the 10, we’re good.

            • Amine Elouakil

              yeah but it doesn’t have half of the above :( also that wasn’t the original price of the N7

              If they want to make a device at a comparable price there will be some compromises for sure in terms fo specs and build quality, maybe a 10″ will be closer to that as the starting price is already higher

            • KingofPing

              Q3.

              You’re thinking along the lines of it being released tomorrow. By Q3 this will be run-of the mill spec.

            • Amine Elouakil

              the 805 will be released late Q2 , Digitizer on it own is expensive 3gb of ram is expensive aswell

          • cmattick

            Google could subsidize it…

            • Amine Elouakil

              legally they can’t sell at lost at least here in europe, the thing is about the recent nexus is that Google sell almost at cost price but we will see

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        LG G Pad 8.3 is the closest thing to be a Nexus 8. Just add 32GB, LTE module, slap a Nexus branding – and you’re done

        • Amine Elouakil

          doesn’t it have a google play edition version already? or something like that?

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            It does, so it’s literally a device that’s 90% ready to become a Nexus

        • Anders CT

          And then you are also talking about a 400-450$ price.

    • dandroid13
    • Dylan Azari

      If this tablet has the design of the HTC ONE it will be awesome. But the Nexus line is a cheaper (plastic). So this tablet will stand out to the other Nexus tablets in design and price.

    • Balraj

      I want htc to be given another chance at a nexus device

      • Noel

        Agree 100%…but will prefer them build the next Nexus phone than a Tablet. But if the slot to build the next Nexus phone has been taken by Sony or Moto-Lenovo, then a Nexus 8 with HTC as OEM will be the next best option.
        Despite making some of the most powerful devices, HTC really need some kind of a boost..besides Google owe it to them..they made the first Android phone and first Nexus devices to get Google on the march to conquer the world cellular space. So yeah HTC deserves another crack at a Nexus device…my preference is a Nexus phone, and Nexus 8 tablet as second choice.

        • T.J.

          Sony should net get a Nexus device until they drop out of the Rockstar lawsuits.

    • Victor Who

      I wish for a Nexus 10.1 tablet that includes a pen digitizer.

      • MasterMuffin

        Then Samsung should do it

        • Amine Elouakil

          HTC Had a tablet with a pen digitizer before Samsung :D, but from my perspective I always find android/iOS tablets kind of useless :( they need killer features that makes them different than phablets, or large smartphones in general, the surface pro, or even better hybrid ultrabook are better I believe

          • MasterMuffin

            HTC did it first, but Samsung did it better (the same thing with the fingerprint thing, Apple did it better (sadly)). I find my iPad very useful, it’s my most used gadget (I watch a lot of videos and it’s just nice to lie somewhere and enjoy that great screen). I admit that Windows tablet would be much better though

            • AussieGreek

              You have an iPad!!!!!!
              It’s your most useful gadget??????
              These comments explain a lot.

            • MasterMuffin

              USED not useful. And what’s that ending supposed to mean >:(

      • joser116

        I am hoping Google would unveil it during Google IO. I think it would be better that way so that they can really refine it, and also release Nexus 7 2014 along with it.

      • Anders CT

        Or just a Tegra chip with their passive pen digitizer technology. It works better than the wacom digitizer, except for the lack of hover.

    • dandroid13

      Bring the downvotes, but if it’s a HTCrap I won’t be able to buy it. :/

      • MasterMuffin

        You won’t be able or you don’t want to?…

        • dandroid13

          As much as I hate HTCrap, I’d consider buying a device if it was a Nexus. But both HTCrap and Play Store Devices aren’t available here…

          • MasterMuffin

            Where do you live? O.o

            • dandroid13

              In Brazil, the country where a crappy HTC Desire (the original) used to cost the same as an unlocked GS4. No wonder why they ran away… Here we only have Play Movies and Play Books, tthe other services are still unavailable.

            • MasterMuffin

              I feel you, Finnish here and we just got books (no movies still) and the prices of phones are really high. You can buy a Nexus, not from Play Store but some 3rd party retailer, right?

            • dandroid13

              Officially only the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 4 landed here, with the Nexus 5 launching next week, hopefully. It sucks because LG puts the price higher than the G2 so it isn’t cheap.

            • MasterMuffin

              Same here, Nexus 5 costs more than G2 and you can only get the 16GB model!

            • Stack

              You just need a friend here in the States that will buy one for you and ship it to you.

    • iamtravis182

      I wouldn’t be surprised if they made an 8 inch form factor, and ditched the 7″ and 10″ form factors, given that we still haven’t seen a new 10 inch model. They could be choosing to focus their product categories.

      Regardless, the HTC One might be the best designed Android phone in terms of aesthetics, which makes me a excited to see a tablet offering in the same vein as the One.

    • TSK

      I believe it was Hugo Barra that pointed out HTC’s build quality at last years Nexus 7 unveiling. Perhaps that was foreshadowing…even though Google wouldn’t have known the partner last year and Barra is no longer with Google. But! that sure does make this rumor interesting.

    • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

      This would be absolutely massive for HTC. With their killer build quality, and the power of the Nexus line, it could contribute to to their resurgence in 2014. And you know Google would force their hand and ensure it’s priced at $249+/-

      • AndroidBoss

        Yeah but HTC has not been good in making tablets before. I mean their tablets weren’t good. A Nexus phone would be awesome. Also, build quality is up to Google. The plastic/ruber back on current Nexus devices is an example.

        • KevinMCo

          Just because the devices are made out of “plastic/rubber” does not mean they aren’t well built. Also, the reason HTC’s tablets didn’t sell is that their software was awful. The pure nexus software would alleviate this issue.

          • AndroidBoss

            I didn’t say that… I meant that Google might not use the aluminum back found on the HTC One on a Nexus phone/ tablet.

            I have a Nexus and I like the “plastic/rubber” feel. And I never said it’s not well built, alright? Also, thanks for stating the obvious about why the HTC tablets didn’t sell.

      • Jodie Robinson

        But the Nexus 10 is $399

      • Anders CT

        It will almost certainly be a lot pricier.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      No, thank you. Flyer was a failure, an awfully weak device, and one of the products that stayed cursed by the Honeycomb, plus it was heavy as a brick for a 7-incher. And Jetstream hasn’t got released worldwide, probably because it wasn’t much better.

      Google should know better than give HTC an opportunity to build a Nexus tablet, they don’t have enough experience in that market.
      I understand letting them make a phone, but tablet?

      I’d rather stay with Nexus 10

      • steve997

        so you’re saying just because they priced themselves out of the tablet market last time they tried to make a tablet that they don’t deserve a chance to redeem themselves? You haven’t even seen the product yet and this is only a rumor you have no right to pass judgement before there is a finalized product

      • MITM

        bruh… that was 4 years ago

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          If HTC hasn’t put a single tablet since Flyer and Jetstream and there even was no evidence of them trying to, like leaks or prototypes – then it does tell you something, does it not?

          I mean, of course they COULD make an attempt at making a tablet – but after their fiasco with those two – I have very little faith in HTC making a decent tablet, unless they make it a 10″ HTC One

          • JonDuke19

            Which is probably what they will do. Seriously, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 1 was heavy like a brick and ugly too and no one is bashing Samsung for their recent products.

    • Fredwardo

      Well it’d be interesting, because I like the recent design language and build quality of HTC. But eeeh maybe it’s going to flop like the Flyer.

    • Nate Fredricksen

      I was gonna complain…but you know what? I don’t care whose name you slap on it. Just make it waterproof…

    • Ivan Budiutama

      Just sayin’ the Google Play store price is very affordable. But in most places, they are priced similar to “lenovo class” flagship. Means in par with Lenovo Vibe X, Oppo N1 (or Find 5 during the launching), and actually “just” USD 30 cheaper than G2 which is an LG flagship and LG here sold their flagship cheaper than the “prestige” brand such as the Galaxies and Xperias

    • jack

      Hell yeah, the HTC flyer series come back to life.

    • Jayfeather787

      I WANT AN HTC NEXUS 10!!!!!

    • Anders CT

      HTC Nexus 8:

      Wishlist: 8-9 inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display. Tegra K1 SoC with DirectStylus passive pen digitizer. 3 GB Ram, 32 GB Nand. Front facing speakers. Metal border. min 6500 mAh battery, max 400 gram weight.

      399$ for wifi, 449$ with LTE.

    • Arcybiskup

      Something kinda HTC One, with a 7,5-8,5 inch screen, and i am the 1st person in the line to shop! (no matter if it will be named “HTC One Tab, or Nexus 2014″ or whatever)

    • Cal Rankin

      I wonder if this could be launched in July? I was guessing since there was no new Nexus 10 that it would be launched in Spring/Summer with the Nexus 7. If an HTC Nexus 10 comes out this fall, i have no idea what to make of it. Did they just skip a year? Or will we have to wait until fall for a new Nexus 7 as well?

    • mcored

      I will definitely grab one.

    • Larry McGill

      The Nexus line isn’t going anywhere. During Google’s last earnings report they were praising how well the Nexus line is doing. The rumor mill is to blame for that BS.

      • AussieGreek

        But Google doesn’t make any profit from the sales that is why the price is low.

        • Larry McGill

          I never said it. They said it in their earnings report.

    • AussieGreek

      If true this would be great because the conflict it will create for the HTC hating nexus fanboys on this site will be enjoyable to follow.

    • mauriceh

      I have owned: Nexus One and HTC One, and both were excellent devices.
      Really looking forward to this
      LG and Samsung both seem cheaply made to me..

      • Thomas Leto

        I use an S4 but still agree with you! Hoping the S5 will be better, heard its gonna sport a metal body. But I’ll prefer the HTC+Google phone anyday, if the rumour is true. Anyways, build quality of Nokia phones are the best in my experience. They are made to last.

    • smokebomb

      HTC is bleeding executives and cash. They need this exposure.

    • Blowntoaster

      HTC have not had a great history with tablets. the Flyer was a flop to be honest.
      I think they, along with say LG, Sony and Samsung should do a Play edition 5 inch phone, each. a Metal one (HTC), a Glass one (Sony) , Faux Leather (Samsung) and self healing plastic (LG)… leave the tablets to Sony and Samsung n LG.

    • forenuser

      My best wishes for HTC but….

      i’m afraid a Nexus device (may it be a phone or a tablet) won’t help them. The Nexus series may have a good reputation – but comparable poor sales.
      On the other hand any sold Nexus may cannibalize the HTC branded sister device “helping” HTC to loose some more money.

    • Thomas Leto

      HTC is an old flame. Couldn’t really get over it. If this is actually true, I’ll get rid of my S4. Google+HTC anyday! Hope the build quality will be exceptionally good.

    • FINNISH

      YAY..
      Huhu: HTC on voittanut tarjous tehdä seuraava Nexus tabletti

    • Ben Jowett

      Just earlier today I though to myself, HTC should make the next N7!!! :O

    • pritish

      I need the Tegra K1 in the new nexus – that’s all I care (coz a nexus is always going to come out with a premium build)

      • Tg3

        Tegra + HTC = Bad Recipe. Just look at the HTC One X.

    • Tyrone_83

      Nice to see HTC get this second chance.

    • Maarten

      I really love HTC’s design, but they’re also rather pricy. For the same amount of money HTC offers the Desire 700 or I could buy a Nexus 4, Xperia Z, S3, S4 mini and probably even save a few euros in the process. I’m just not prepared to pay more for a phone that does less just because of the design, and HTC asks just too much of a price premium.

    • guy with guts

      Still no nexus 10 refresh. I think google has something special in their sleeve. Like android 4.5 specially for tablets with all new tablet UX and a permanent solution for tablet app scaling. What say AA. Please write an article about this android tablet situation.

    • Miha Belimezov

      cant wait to see it… and cant wait to see the current nexus 7 price drop LOL

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