2014 may bring an Intel-powered Nexus 8

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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34 Comments

1. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

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

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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?

6. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

11. wattabulb

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 29, 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 :)

20. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

8. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Double post.

2. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

And give HTC a chance google!

3. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

4. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

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

7. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

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

10. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

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

12. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

13. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

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

14. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

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

23. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 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.

28. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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

33. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 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

29. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

21. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 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.

15. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

27. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Tegra K1 with denver cpu.

32. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

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

16. bakarock

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 29, 2013

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

17. Shubham412302

Posts: 569; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

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

19. bigstrudel

Posts: 593; Member since: Aug 20, 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.

18. ajonly

Posts: 16; Member since: May 25, 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

22. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 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

24. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 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.

31. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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 defeathttp://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

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