While the Nexus 5 is the only new Nexus device that was launched by Google alongside Android 4.4 KitKat, new reports have detailed new alleged Nexus 8 sightings and a Nexus 12 tablet concept.
Meet the Nexus 12 dream
From the start, we’re going to tell you that this is a concept, imagined by an Android fan who posted the render above on DeviantArt, right next to some specs for the device.
We’re looking at a 12-inch fantasy tablet that would be made by Asus for Google. Let’s see what TheTechnoToast imagined for the tablet when it comes to hardware:
- A 12-inch screen with a 5120×3200 Gorilla Glass 4 capacitive touch screen at 503 pixels-per-inch
- 4GB of RAM (expandable to 6GB)
- A 2.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000
- Android 4.5 Kit Kat (an incremental upgrade to 4.4)
- A 3MP front facing camera
- A 13MP back camera that can shoot up to 4K
- 5 powerful neodymium magnet speakers on either side of the device
- Windows RT and Chrome OS Ready (multi-boot)
- Optional official pre-root with partnership with the creators of SuperUser and Cyanogenmod
- All tablets shipped with 4G LTE ready chips
- And then the usual stuff (NFC, Bluetooth, etc.)
Again, this is just a concept, and while it looks lovely on paper – not to mention that many potential tablet buyers would love to get their hands on such a product – we’ll have to wait a while to see something like this hit stores.
Speaking of things looking good on paper, suggested pricing for such a high-end device sounds too good to be true, but since it’s a concept, we’ll show it to you anyway: £200 for 32GB (LTE-enabled), £280 for 64GB (LTE-enabled), £360 for 128GB (LTE-enabled).
When it comes to real products, we’ll remind you that Samsung is expected to launch a 12-inch Galaxy Note Android tablet at some point in the future, while Asus has been rumored to work on a 10-inch Nexus 10 (2013) tablet for Google.
More Nexus 8 rumors
Earlier this year, a Nexus 8 concept image hit the web alongside similar Nexus 5 and Nexus 11 concepts (check it out here) at a time the “Nexus 8” name was still one of the possible names for Google’s new 2013 Android tablet.
But then a few days ago, an image spotted on Google’s Nexus 7 page showed us a tablet that looked nothing like a new Nexus 7 (2013) unit – see it above and again below. That’s when the Nexus 8 rumors started again, at least until Google updated the page and removed the image, which is most likely a bad Photoshop job.
However, another “Nexus 8” image has been discovered on Google’s Nexus 7 landing page, bringing back the 8-inch tablet rumor:
It’s highly unlikely that we’re looking at the Nexus 8 there. Chances are that that’s yet another bad Photoshop image, which explains the thinner top bezel of the device.
Furthermore, another image that’s apparently part of the same set of photos taken for Google, shows us that it’s actually a Nexus 7 tablet that’s held by the same person (check out the following image).
With all that in mind, while a Nexus 8 would make sense for Google and for many buyers, these rumors aren’t really presenting any solid evidence that would back up the Nexus 8 rumor bandwagon.
We’ll also add that the Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 5 have not been the best kept secrets in the universe, and traces of a Nexus 8 should be available elsewhere in case the product is real.
Meanwhile, Google is yet to announce the new Nexus 10, if there is indeed a 2013 model in the works.