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.
The 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.