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2014 may bring an Intel-powered Nexus 8

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2014 may bring an Intel-powered Nexus 8
If we could put extra stress on the "may" of that headline, we certainly would. Right off the top, this is a rumor based on DigiTimes' least reliable source group - the nebulous "upstream supply chain". According to those upstream supply chain sources, Google may be aiming to ditch the 7-inch tablet market in favor of building a Nexus 8 for 2014.

Supposedly, Google is finding demand for this year's Nexus 7 as being weaker than expected, and since there is quite a bit of competition from other budget devices in the 7-inch segment; so, Google is setting its sights on an 8-inch tablet. The sources don't think it is likely that Asus will be losing the orders for the Nexus 8, but that is certainly not clear. We should know better what company has the orders after February. Additionally, sources are making it sound possible that Google could use the Intel Bay Trail-T for the device, but Qualcomm isn't out of the running. 

There are quite a few tablets all competing for the 7-inch space, including the Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and countless budget offerings that you'd find in Walmart. The competition is much lighter in the 8-inch space (something Apple may have realized when designing the iPad mini.) The only real options in the 8-inch space are the iPad mini, LG G Pad 8.3, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8 (soon to be replaced with the Tab Pro 8.4). So, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Google will do this, we're waiting on more confirmation before believing it. 

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 20 Jan 2014, 23:41 6

1. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 371; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Intel powered nexus 8? Woah! I look forward to owning such a device.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 00:12

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5528; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Intel is not taking a nap and letting the competition eat their lunch. It is just a matter of time for there to be Intel chips in mainstream mobile devices.

I wonder how long before Intel SoC is in iToys? 2015? 2016?

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 01:06 4

6. Augustine (Posts: 606; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Intel, like Microsoft, were so successful for so long because of the sunk costs in x86. Now that mobile devices are used differently from before, all that x86-based legacy, along with Intel and Microsoft, is irrelevant. Sure, both Intel and Microsoft are welcome to play, but they don't own the ball and the court anymore.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 01:27

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5528; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


In any event, Intel joining the party in a serious way is going to push other SoC vendors to up their game. In the end (at least until industry consolidation occurs), the consumer wins.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 02:28

11. wattabulb (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


But the thing is, in "so long" period they have hired some really good talent and earned tons of cash, making them capable of owning court nd ball AGAIN.
It's good for us that they have competition now, as now they will be pushed to their limits bringing the best of them for us to enjoy. Its the golden period for Tech savvy ppl like us :)

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 09:54

20. Augustine (Posts: 606; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Intel and Microsoft are in the position that their predecessors in the industry were, which also had tons of cash and really good talent. In the end, their predecessors went the way of the dinosaurs because they couldn't' change their ways, until it was too late. Intel and Microsoft don't really seem to get it, pushing what they've always made, though x86 and Windows do not matter in mobile devices. Such reluctance is what sent their predecessors to the great recycle bin in the sky.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 01:09

8. Augustine (Posts: 606; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Double post.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 23:42 1

2. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 371; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


And give HTC a chance google!

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 23:45

3. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


If HTC even makes a tablet this year, there will probably be a Google Play Edition of it.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 00:06

4. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 371; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


That's the problem! HTC has stopped making tablets! The last
Tablet they made was the HTC Jetstream!

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 01:07 1

7. ocilfa (Posts: 329; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


LET THIS BE TRUE! They would have such beastly performance.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 01:29 2

10. galanoth (Posts: 282; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


8 inch tablet 2560x1600. Stock android.
I'd pay 329-350 for that.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 03:12 2

12. TylerGrunter (Posts: 861; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


I can only hope the Intel part is not true.
I would like to see the new Tegra K1 with DENVER cores in that tablet, that can really be something.
Either that, then new Exynos 64 bits or the new Qualcomm 64 bits.
Intel Intel Bay Trail-T would be flop in performance taking into account that the nexus devices have been equipped with the best SoC available at the time as of late.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 03:17

13. ocilfa (Posts: 329; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


By the time actual Tegra K1 devices appear, it will already be old news. The new Maxwell architecture is already around the corner.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 05:00

14. TylerGrunter (Posts: 861; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Maxwell? I have never heard of that one. Can you explain further?

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 10:24

23. renz4 (Posts: 202; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


nvidia next architecture that will succeed current kepler architecture. next year tegra were expected to use maxwell core. now nvidia intend to move their SoC on the same pace as their dekstop gpu in term of architecture used.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:00

28. TylerGrunter (Posts: 861; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Well, that´s far away in the future, at least one year more, not exactly around the corner.
Thanks for the explanation, though!
I thought ocilfa referred to some intel chip. LOL

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 13:25

33. renz4 (Posts: 202; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


well at the very least their dekstop gpu will transition to maxwell architecture this year. there are already news about upcoming card based on maxwell architecture next month although it is not high end one (and still based on TSMC 28nm node although maxwell should be using TSMC 20nm) unlike the usual nvidia did when they launch a new card with new architecture

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:12 1

29. jove39 (Posts: 1241; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


If you know about Maxwell...then I am sure you also know about volta...architecture that'll replace Maxwell...there'll always be new technology available to replace existing.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 10:03 1

21. renz4 (Posts: 202; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


personally i hope intel to stay away from competing in SoC space lol. not because i don't like competition but because i don't want them to dominate another space. they have tons of money and to gain traction with their product they can sell their chip with low profit or none at all for a very long time. during CES Asus show all their smart phones are powered by intel chip and it is reported that Asus got cheap deal from intel which encourage them to use intel SoC in all their new smartphones.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 05:00 2

15. aayupanday (Posts: 453; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


If there's gonna be a Nexus 8, it should be powered by a Tegra K1 processor.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 11:44 1

27. jove39 (Posts: 1241; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Tegra K1 with denver cpu.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:49

32. TylerGrunter (Posts: 861; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


I really would love to see that (if the Denver cores don´t end up being a flop that´s it).

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 05:37

16. bakarock (Posts: 44; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)


Is android x86 GOOD? In term of platform and app support?

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 06:29 2

17. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


i like intel processors cpu performance it even out performs snapdragons but they need faster gpu in mobiles to compete

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 07:41

19. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


The GPU in the Z3770 Bay Trail Quad is more powerful than the Adreno 320 but less powerful than the 330. That's perfectly adequate.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 06:36

18. ajonly (Posts: 14; Member since: 25 May 2013)


Nexus series is all about value for money and intel is giving away 40 million baytrail chip for free this year. this rumour makes sense i guess

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 10:17 1

22. kryme (Posts: 130; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


intel wasted a lot of time now in 2014 they playing catch up.... they should have been mainstream from 2010... hope google designing there own chips as well

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 10:27

24. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


"The only real options in the 8-inch space are the iPad mini, LG G Pad 8.3, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8 (soon to be replaced with the Tab Pro 8.4)."

Author completely forgot about the Dell Venue 8, which is only $180 and runs a Z2560, which is on par with ARM Cortex-A15.

Probably the best 8 inch tablet for the money.

Author also forgot about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for $330. And the upcoming Acer 8 inch tablet for $150.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:19

31. TylerGrunter (Posts: 861; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Seriuosly I need to know what do you smoke to say such a things...
Z2560 on par with ARM 15??? The old Atom cores are just slightly better than A9!!!
Comparison of the Z2560 with the WEAKEST implementation of the A15, and it still gets a shameful defeat
http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/compare/6581?baseline=338840

And by the way, isn´t the Z2560 the chip in the ASUS Memopad FHD that phonearena said it has "sluggish performance"? Yeah! That´s the one.
http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/compare/6581?baseline=338840

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 15:41

34. TylerGrunter (Posts: 861; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Sorry, the link for the "Sluggish performance" is this one:
http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Asus-MeMo-Pad-FHD-10-Review_id3542/page/4

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 10:59

25. PorkyBurger (Posts: 196; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Well I hope they make Snapdragon 805/800 model. Otherwise, no Intel for me. They are probably gonna put PowerVR SGX544MP2 with that CPU, which I don't like.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 11:40

26. jove39 (Posts: 1241; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Intel ditched PowerVR after clovertrail...current atom (baytrail) uses Intel Gen 7 (Ivy Bridge GPU architecture)...so be assured future atom soc will have better graphics.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:19

30. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


This would be awesome. I opted out of the Nexus 7 2013 edition for my 8.3" G Pad because I wanted a little larger screen.

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