Google is currently planning to launch an 8-inch tablet by the end of April, according to an unconfirmed report.
Citing unnamed “Taiwan-based supply chain makers,” the Digitimes claims that Google has found sales of its latest Nexus 7 slate to be underwhelming, and will thus boost its successor by an inch in order to “avoid price competition and competition from 5- to 6-inch smartphones.”
Digitimes writes that the Nexus maker is “very likely” to continue working with Asus, the manufacturer of the last two Nexus 7 devices, for the upcoming 8-inch tablet. That runs contrary to recent reports coming out of Taiwan, which claim that HTC would be working on the newest Nexus slate.
We’ve reached out to Google and Asus for comment on the report, and we’ll update this article if and when we hear back.
For now, we’ll note that this is an idea we’ve heard before, and combined with other recent rumors, it’s possible that this “Nexus 8” could be the last Nexus-branded tablet we see for a while. But nothing here is confirmed. Digitimes doesn’t have the most sterling reputation with rumors like these, so take all of this with a grain of salt for the time being.