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Nexus 8 could be coming at the end of April as 2013 Nexus 7 sales disappoint

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Nexus 8 could be coming at the end of April as 2013 Nexus 7 sales disappoint
Google is allegedly working on an 8-inch Nexus tablet in collaboration with Asus, and that device should replace the current 7-inch Nexus 7, according to DigiTimes’ Taiwan-based sources. The Nexus 8 (as it could be called) is expected to launch at the end of April, and will ship in around 2 million units, according to the sources.

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.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 07 Feb 2014, 04:19 4

1. salaal (Posts: 109; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)


Lol the LG G Pad 8.3 GPE is like a Nexus 8:D

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 04:27 2

2. a_merryman (Posts: 749; 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.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 08:54

27. sgodsell (Posts: 3899; 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.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 11:03 2

35. DnB925Art (Posts: 1025; 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.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 11:34 1

39. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


lower the price, sell more.. it's not rocket science.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 12:25

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.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 04:31 10

3. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; 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?

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 04:52 1

8. kalloud (Posts: 149; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


Well said..

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 06:29

17. apple4never (Posts: 1064; 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

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 06:50 2

18. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; 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.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 08:50

46. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


you watch porn at the gym?

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 07:58 2

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.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 04:34

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 !

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 08:51

26. sgodsell (Posts: 3899; 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.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 09:10

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.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 04:34 2

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?

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 04:44 2

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

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 04:51

7. aayupanday (Posts: 578; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


That prototype kinda Nexus 8 looks sweet.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 04:55 5

9. chocowii (Posts: 453; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


We still want a Sony Nexus

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 05:23 1

11. power_x (Posts: 264; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Design of the Xperia Tablet Z + Snapdragon 800 + big battery + reasonable price = massive win for google

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 05:21

10. lallolu (Posts: 492; 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.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 05:31 3

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.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 05:36

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.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 05:42 1

16. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


Oops, the above statement is in response to comment # 3.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 05:36 2

14. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Add an inch = Better sales?????????

Maybe, but I doubt it.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 05:40

15. papss (unregistered)


Only issue I have with my wife's N7 besides the OS is the bland styling .

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 10:15

34. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4489; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Microphobe Alert! Warning!

Now do you see how stupid you sound when you do that?

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 06:56 2

19. jove39 (Posts: 1888; 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

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 07:46

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.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 07:53

21. kindlefireowner (Posts: 503; 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.

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