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Google Nexus 8 release date, specification and price

By Simon Thomas on 09th October 2014

Google Nexus 8

This Nexus 8 article will be constantly updated over time

 

The Nexus 8 is still the stuff of rumours, so right now we can’t give you a concrete release date, price or specification, but there are enough rumours and leaks around that we can take a pretty good guess and based on what we’ve heard so far there’s a whole lot to get excited about.

 

Release date


The Nexus 8 (or Nexus 9 as it may be called) could be here very soon. According to Android Authority it will be unveiled on either October 15th or October 16th, so there shouldn’t be long to wait now.

 

Of course no official date has been given, so there’s no guarantee that it will launch then, but at the very least it’s largely expected to arrive this year, given the number of leaks that have emerged.


Price


There’s no word on exactly what the price will be either. It’s expected to be a premium slate, but then as a Nexus device it’s also likely to undercut competing tablets. The RRP on the Nexus 7 is £199, while the Nexus 10 starts at £319, so it seems reasonable to assume that the Nexus 8 would be somewhere in the middle. Perhaps with a starting price of £250-£275.

 

Specification


We might not know exactly when it’s coming or what it’s going to cost but we have a good idea of what the specifications might be.

 

It will almost certainly have an 8.9 inch screen and as such there’s some debate as to whether it will be called the Nexus 8 or the Nexus 9. There’s no real consensus on what the resolution will be just yet, with rumours ranging from 1920 x 1080 to 2560 x 1600.

 

As for the processor almost every rumour agrees that it will have a 64-bit NvidiaTegra K1, but it could have anywhere from 2GB to 5GB of RAM according to rumours. Our guess would be on 3 or 4GB.

 

Storage is likely to be set at a choice of 16, 32 or 64GB, with no microSD card slot and it’s thought that there will be an 8 megapixel camera on the back which can also record 1080p video, along with a 3 megapixel camera on the front.

 

A mention should also go to the design, which is likely to be a real high point, with leaks claiming that it will have an aluminium body and stereo front-facing speakers. In other words it sounds like the tablet equivalent of the HTC One M8, which makes sense, since HTC is apparently behind it.

 Google Nexus 9 Back

 

It will of course also come running Android L and being a Nexus slate it will be first in line for subsequent upgrades to the operating system.

 

So while we don’t know exactly what to expect it should be a pretty substantial device which could give the iPad Air or iPad Mini with Retina display a run for their money.

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