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Google Nexus 8.9 made by HTC is tipped for June - a 'high-performance' tablet with 2K+ display, and a $300+ price

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Google Nexus 8.9 made by HTC is tipped for June - a 'high-performance' tablet with 2K+ display, and a $300+ price
Speculation that Google is indeed planning to release an 8.9" Nexus tablet this year, is starting to pile up, and now we have two more candidates for the rumor mill. Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet and monitor research at IHS Technology, has confirmed the speculation, revealing some very interesting facts about the tablet.

First off, the Google Nexus 8.9 is likely to be a "high-performance" device, with "volume production expected to start in July or August." She also adds that "this will be a lower volume product, carrying a premium price tag to support the specifications," and "would not be surprised if it is higher than $299." Another juicy tidbit is that Alexander thinks HTC will be the manufacturer of Google's larger tablet, which we've heard before.

Nexus 8.9 will be a lower volume product, carrying a premium price tag to support the specifications

Hot on the heels of these claims, comes another report, by Digitimes Research, which reiterates that the Nexus 8.9 will start production in July. It also confirms the top-shelf specs and price tag, saying that the tablet will feature a screen resolution of "more than 2K," and a price tag north of $299. 

Given that the tablet with the highest pixel density so far, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, has 2560x1600 pixels display, and the next player, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9", flaunts the same resolution, Google might go as high as that for the Nexus 8.9. Samsung's darling retails for $399, and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" is $379. Thus, if Google prices the larger Nexus slate a tad above the $300 mark, those two might have a veritable competition, given how popular the Nexus line of devices is. Also, if HTC is indeed the one building this slate, we can reasonably expect a premium design, in addition to the premium specs. 

As for the announcement and release date, we can't wait for the Google I/O conference at the end of June, and we'll tell you why - Taiwanese media published recently, that Google will be releasing an HTC-made "high-end" Nexus tablet in Q3. Now, these new reports come to basically say the same thing, and confirm mass production for July, so there's every chance that Google will be announcing the Nexus 8.9 on June 25th, when its I/O conference starts.

source: CNET & Digitimes

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posted on 20 Mar 2014, 08:38 14

1. PootisMan (Posts: 200; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Cool I can't wait!

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 09:17 11

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1316; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


same here , if its from HTC , its gonna be epic

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 12:04 2

20. apple4never (Posts: 934; Member since: 08 May 2013)


it would be more eipc if it was an 8.9 inch version of the tablet Z2

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 15:50 1

31. lsutigers (Posts: 710; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


That would be epic as Sony arguably makes the best Android tablet right now when it comes to premium design. HTC hasn't made a table for a few years but they put definitely put a lot of effort into premium design, so HTC is one of my top choices along with Sony.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:36

34. apple4never (Posts: 934; Member since: 08 May 2013)


imagine a "one tablet" minus the UP camera

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 11:10 4

14. LiyanaBG (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


i love you HTC + google been waiting for this so long.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 13:11 2

24. neartx (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 15 Mar 2014)


me too i wait to buy a tablet but only htc

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 08:48 17

2. power_x (Posts: 216; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Bring BoomSound to this and I am sold :)

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 08:54 7

3. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1225; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Oh yes! Tablet with Boom Sound will be great for watching movies :D

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:58

36. Sesameopen (Posts: 106; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


IKR! BEAUTIFUL DISPLAY BEAUTIFUL SOUND!!! BEAUTIFUL DESIGN!!! ITS PERFECT

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 08:58 6

4. AfterShock (Posts: 2676; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Has my interest.
First non nexus tablet to do so.
Power, performance an fairly priced!

Bring it HTC.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 09:04 8

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3078; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Its not non nexus dude its a nexus

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 09:12 2

8. AfterShock (Posts: 2676; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


You are correct, I had to re-read headline an let that sink in.
I'm thinking that picture with sense on it made me think otherwise.
Looks like a hacked OneX.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 09:18 3

10. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Even the title of the article said "Google nexus" did you really just look at the pictures and comment?

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 12:26

21. AfterShock (Posts: 2676; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Didn't you just vread my reply then just ignore it?

Kind of the same thing.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 09:05 1

6. Notsosuperdave (Posts: 23; Member since: 15 May 2013)


make this work with my boomsub and ill buy one! maybe get beats too?

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 09:06 1

7. newbey123 (Posts: 396; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Awesome. Been waiting to get my first tablet and wanted to wait until google let HTC take it over. Bring it on HTC.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 09:25 2

11. pwnarena (Posts: 843; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


lucky htc seems to have become the recipient of google's assistance this time. when google chose lg to do the nexus, lg's sales significantly improved. hope it does the same for htc.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 10:49 2

12. Taters (Posts: 2675; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I normally buy most Nexus products but I think it ends here. This tablet is going to horrible and is going to have a ton of issues. If you thought Asus was bad with the Nexus 7, you haven't seen anything yet. HTC is on a whole other level.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 11:10 2

13. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Thought ASUS did a great job..my nexus 7 is going strong since sept of '12

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 13:22 1

25. Taters (Posts: 2675; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I went through 3 and they all had screen lift and light bleed and a s**tty Tegra3. The Nexus 7 2013,I got a good unit on my second unit but that is more because of Google than Asus and the specs and price were too good to pass up.

This is going to be a joke. HTC corner cutting on quality control + Nexus corner cutting for a lower price will spell an absolute disaster. I know the article says they won't be cutting corners for price but it sounds bs. The Nexus line is about price and performance now.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 11:13 8

16. LiyanaBG (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


go home troll. HTC is the best.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 13:10 1

23. neartx (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 15 Mar 2014)


yes go home htc is the best

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 13:23 1

26. sprockkets (Posts: 1155; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


I'd say moto is the best. A nexus htc device might be good seeing how they were in the old days of the first android phones.

Problem is, HTC can be hit or miss with quality. Though asus hasn't really been any better either.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 13:23 1

27. Taters (Posts: 2675; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Rofl. Delusional HTC fans.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 11:43

19. true1984 (Posts: 586; Member since: 23 May 2012)


lame...

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 11:10 4

15. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 200; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Assuming 16:9, 3200x1800 is above 2560x1600, and on a 8.9 inch screen that's 412 PPI!!!!!!!! That screen would be so incredible, and BoomSound!! I cannot wait for something like this!!!!

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 15:50

32. jove39 (Posts: 1265; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


ANd to pump that many pixels...gpu will be always sweating!

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 13:39

37. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 200; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Not with the new 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 working its 192 core GPU

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 11:20

17. oldblue910 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Mar 2014)


This article could have had credibility if DigiTimes hadn't been quoted has a source. All this article does is confirm speculation and has absolutely no tangible proof of anything. Nothing to see here, folks. Carry on. Nothing but click bait.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 11:23

18. antonioli (Posts: 172; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


Nice but I'll never see it here in Brazil.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 13:07 1

22. neartx (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 15 Mar 2014)


good news now htc make a tablet i can buy

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 14:04

28. Aplusk (Posts: 90; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


Samsung's darling ?

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 14:05 1

29. Aplusk (Posts: 90; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


support for sd card ?

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 15:40

30. fsahin (Posts: 46; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


I don't believe it, 8.9screen has no sense.You can't hold it on one hand.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 15:55 1

33. Totse2k15 (Posts: 237; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Thank god it's not made by Asus. I like HTC design, and BoomSound front speakers would be epic awesome! 8.9" is a little big, imo. 8.3/8.4 is the sweet spot.
Please don't priced it over $350/$399, lol.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:53 1

35. docj8404 (Posts: 72; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


I would love an 8 - 9 Iinches Samsung Nexus tablet with a QHD AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM & a SD805 - I would happily pay $350 - $450 for something of the like.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 20:54 1

38. SlowPoison77 (Posts: 27; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)


and ya, plz dont bring ulta pixel

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 03:49

39. morijoon (Posts: 25; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


and finally i can buy a tablet now
i wait for htc tablet to buy a tablet

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 20:25

40. crestfallen (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)


I was hoping for the tried and tested ASUS to be the OEM for the next tablet. If it's going to be HTC then we may expect the Nexus 8(.9) having an aluminum body to match Apple's iPad Mini 2 and also to complement the "premium" price tag.

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