Nexus 8 could be coming at the end of April as 2013 Nexus 7 sales disappoint
The reason for the switch to a larger form factor lies in the lower than expected sales of the 2013 Nexus 7 and pressure from smartphones with large displays.
The Nexus 7 has accumulated sales of around 3 million units, way below expectations, according to the sources. The share of compact tablets (with 7 to 8-inch displays) have grown when compared to full-sized 10-inch devices, and competition has increased.
Phablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 have also boomed in popularity, and with the small difference in screen size between them and 7-inch tablets, the reasons for buying a tablet have grown less strong.
1. salaal (Posts: 106; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)
Lol the LG G Pad 8.3 GPE is like a Nexus 8:D
2. a_merryman (Posts: 716; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
It's pretty sexy looking too. It would be nice if the Nexus 8 came in near the same price of the Nexus 7 though.
27. sgodsell (Posts: 1404; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Look at the title. Nexus 7 sales disappoint for April 2013. The newer nexus 7 2013 edition wasn't even released at that point yet. It was only the nexus 7 2012 edition still being sold at that time. Everyone was waiting for the newer nexus 7 to arrive.
35. DnB925Art (Posts: 387; Member since: 23 May 2013)
You read it wrong. Read the title again. It is saying a new model will be announced in April as 2013 sales were lower than expected.
39. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
lower the price, sell more.. it's not rocket science.
40. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
The G Pad rocks. I have it :D I picked it up instead of another Nexus Tablet last year.
3. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1276; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
The 2013 Nexus 7 was the best tablet I've owned. But there was no need for it when I bought the Note 3. Other than larger screen the Note 3 beats it spec wise in every category and has more added features such as the s-pen and IR remote. And it fits nicely in my pockets.
This is the exact reason why Apple is reluctant to battle Android on screen size. Who wants to buy iPad's if Apple sold a 6" phablet?
17. apple4never (Posts: 970; Member since: 08 May 2013)
very well said, i see your point on the iPhone/ipad thing but for people that want small phones like me with like 4.5-4.7 inch screens 7 inch tablets are great i mean they're powerful have plenty of storage and are great for road trips or if you don't want a laptop. imo if you have a 13 inch laptop, theres no real need for a 10 inch tablet
18. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1276; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
The reason why I bought the Nexus 7 in the first place was because I had the iPhone 5s. It was actually the perfect combo. But I could not tolerate iOS shortcomings and went back to Android.
There is still a market for small phones but I got so accustomed to the phablet format. It works so well while watching movies on the elliptical at the gym. Big enough to see but not to big for others to see especially during the nudity parts. Plus I only have to manage one device on a daily basis.
22. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)
I like the size of the Nexus 7. It's a tablet but I can still fit it in my pant pocket with ease. It's also a much better device for watching movies than a phablet.
4. bagou01 (Posts: 22; Member since: 20 Nov 2013)
sometimes you write "the 7in tablet sales are exceptionnaly good" sometimes you write they are too bad, chose and stick to it please !
26. sgodsell (Posts: 1404; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
If you noticed what they said in the title. At the end of April 2013. When the newer nexus 7 2013 was going to be released soon after that time frame. The older nexus 7 2012 version was still selling at that time and there was no nexus 7 2013 at that time.
30. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)
They're saying the Nexus 8 will go on sale at the end of April because the sales of the 2013 Nexus 7 edition was a disappointment.
5. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Nexus 7 sales disappoint? I thought the sales of the Nexus 7 was supposed to be good. But anyway, if the Nexus 8 is from Asus, does this mean that the next gen Nexus 10 is from HTC?
6. bagou01 (Posts: 22; Member since: 20 Nov 2013)
like i wrote earlier, i had the same feeling... sometimes the N7 sales are very good, sometimes they disappoint... phonearena should stick to something
7. aayupanday (Posts: 520; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
That prototype kinda Nexus 8 looks sweet.
11. power_x (Posts: 238; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
Design of the Xperia Tablet Z + Snapdragon 800 + big battery + reasonable price = massive win for google
10. lallolu (Posts: 245; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
7" tablet is quite small in the world of android. Maybe an apple person used to having a 4" phone can find it adequate. I really like the my samsung 8.9's screen size. The 8.3 size of the LG tab seems ok too.
12. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)
It's because they didn't sell it worldwide. N7 hasn't even released yet in some asian countries. Meh, whatever. I'm still waiting for Tab Pro 8.4 to be released.
13. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)
+1 Phablets seems to be the new sweet spot for those who want a portable tablet. Can't wait for the Xperia T2 Ultra to come out.
16. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)
Oops, the above statement is in response to comment # 3.
14. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
Add an inch = Better sales?????????
Maybe, but I doubt it.
15. papss (unregistered)
Only issue I have with my wife's N7 besides the OS is the bland styling .
34. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1792; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Microphobe Alert! Warning!
Now do you see how stupid you sound when you do that?
19. jove39 (Posts: 1320; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Low sales number is due to failed marketing. Anyway, I won't mind buying N8 if it comes with S805 or Tegra K1
20. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)
I think they could have generated more sales if they would have used top of the line specs. The appeal of the Nexus 5 is that it's a high end phone at a fraction of the cost of other high end phones. On the other hand, the Nexus 7 seems like the cost is in line with its specs so there's no advantage to getting it over another tablet unless your sole purpose is to have a tablet with stock Android.
21. kindlefireowner (Posts: 435; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
I love my Nexus 7 tablet. I brought the 32GB Nexus on a tax free weekend for $269. The best deal ever. Anyway, I would rather own carry a average size phone, and use my 7 inch tablet at home.
32. Augustine (Posts: 777; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
This is also how i use my '12 N7. Besides, its battery lasts up to a week in my typical use, which includes reading books on it. If I'd try that on my N5 phone, it would have its battery drained in a short time. Besides, reading on 7" is much better than on 5" and I don't see how an extra inch will make a difference. So I don't understand this move to 8", other than a me-too move, and how a tablet compares with a phablet, for it cannot be used for as long as a tablet before the battery runs out.
23. livyatan (Posts: 732; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
7 inch tablets will go extinct because of phablets/palmtops.
I always thought 8-9 inches is best for a tablet.
24. tokuzumi (Posts: 339; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
If the size of the tablet screen goes to 8", hopefully it will just be taken out of the bezel size, and not increase the size of the tablet. The Nexus 7 (2013) is a great size.
38. Augustine (Posts: 777; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
However, I like the rather thic bezel because it allows me to hold it comfortably. I can hardly hold my tablet with one hand like a phone, though my large hands. The bezel space allows me to hold it between my thumb and indicator fingers and the palm of my hand. Were the bezel thinner, I'd be hitting the touch screen way too often.
25. outlawog (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Nov 2013)
I thought HTC was going to make the nexus tablet? :(
28. Sakeem (Posts: 304; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
I refuse to get excited for this. I've been waiting for a N10 refresh, read through all the rumors of when it might be released.....nothing. This time, I will wait for concrete proof. If April comes and goes with no N8, or whatever it will be, then maybe I will just buy the Tab Pro 8.4.
33. Lboogey6 (Posts: 269; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
Thank you the dumbest thing google/nexus did was keep the 7 inch screen form factor it's too small everything gets bigger or at least thinner bezel and they kept it the same... but it's cool not giving up my gnote 8 anytime soon
36. DnB925Art (Posts: 387; Member since: 23 May 2013)
My wife loves her Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB. Uses it almost exclusively over her laptop. Bought it for $179 during Christmas with $25 Google play gift card and $30 AMEX sync cash back, so net $124 + CA sales tax.
37. CreeDiddy (Posts: 328; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
The problem with Android tablets is that they are "dime a dozen".
41. Elfmonster (Posts: 99; Member since: 23 Dec 2013)
I hope this is right about Asus making the next Nexus, and not LG as previous rumors had it. My LG 8.3 tablet screen pales in comparison to every other tablet I have, especially my 2013 Nexus 7.
Tablet makers need to realize there are two things tablets must have - a very bright peak brightness, and a bad ass battery. Everything else is negotiable.
44. Taters (Posts: 3528; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
My Nexus 7 actually looks quite dim, in auto brightness at least.
42. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Pathetic sales were due to the launch of the iPad mini
43. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
Too bad people didnt realize they were holding a sub-par expensive tablet.
45. Taters (Posts: 3528; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
The only thing I use my a Nexus 7 2013 for is reading books. And when my Nexus 10 and ipad air are charging.
To be fair, I don't think an 8 inch would take me away from a 10 inch tablet either.
I do plan to eventually replace both the ipad air and nexus 10 with a windows 8 tablet though. Just waiting for a better vaio tap 11 or the surface pro to go on a major diet.