Google Might Replace the Nexus 7 with an 8-Inch Tablet this Summer

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Last year’s Google Nexus 7 is going to be the last 7-inch tablet made by Google, according to an unconfirmed report. The company’s next model will have an 8-inch screen.

Google Nexus 7 IIThe majority of 7-inch models are very inexpensive — many below $100. By comparison, the $230 price for the Nexus 7 introduced in 2013 is relatively exorbitant, and sales of this product allegedly haven’t lived up to its maker’s hopes. 

That’s why the company is now planning to launch its first 8-inch model this summer, according to DigiTimes, who cites unnamed sources in the component supply chain. Tablets of this size carry higher price tags; the 7.9-inch Apple iPad mini with Retina display goes for $400, for example.

Google and Asus have supposedly worked together to develop a set of requirements for what will apparently be the Nexus 8. Google is now asking Asus, Samsung, LG, and Lenovo to submit prototypes that meet these requirements. This is a process Google goes through with all the Nexus products.

Source: DigiTimes

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