Could Google release an 8.9-inch Nexus tablet this year?

In the two years since it introduced its first Nexus tablet, Google has stuck with the 7-inch form factor, but this year we might be in for a change. After a first wave of rumors about an 8-inch Google Nexus 8 tablet allegedly coming in 2014, the latest talk on the tech grapevine claims those plans have been scrapped in favor of an even larger, 8.9-inch Google Nexus tablet.

DigiTimes, known for its connections in the Asian supply chain, speculates that Google has chosen this new, 8.9-inch size for its 2014 Nexus tablet to compete with larger tablets, but also to give the overall segment of bigger-screen tablets a boost. Currently, larger-sized tablets only make around 30% of the whole tablet market, while all else is attributed to more compact tablets like the 7-inch Nexus 7. Google’s supposed entry in larger tablets is expected to incentivize other tablet makers to also make a step in that direction.

At the same time, it seems that rumors now all agree that plans for extremely large tablets (with screen sizes of 12 inches, and larger) by companies like Apple have been put on a shelf. Currently, Samsung is the only one among the big manufacturers that has actually released its extra-large, 12.2-inch Note Pro and Tab Pro devices.

Summing it all up, this rumor would mean that Google could endorse large-sized tablets with its next Nexus, but not extremely large slates (12” and larger). Keep in mind, though, that all above-rumored details are still unofficial, and at the moment, you should take them with a healthy grain of salt, as any other rumor. Finally, the Mountain View company has unveiled its Nexus tablets in the summer in the past two years, so we can expect this new one around the same time this year.

source: DigiTimes



1. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

True.. As the gap between Tablet and Phablet is narrowing.. It is time OEMs ditch the 7" and jump ship to 8" or higher... They could still stick to the size of the N7 and increase the screen size to 8" reducing the bezels... the tab in pic is lovely though... >_0

6. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

That's the best idea! Bring it on, Google!

2. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Not a fan of touchwiz but i like the multi window feature. I wish google brings it to the next version of android. Could really use the bigger screens for better multitasking then.

4. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

That's very likely especially when Google and Samsung inked a deal to share intellectual property

3. x88yunkw

Posts: 132; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

great size and nice bezel.

5. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

8.3 like the G Pad is a perfect size for me, but with every new device, price is the most important deciding factor. $299 max would do it for a lot of people. Anything more and some may look at the Samsung Pro line and skip this.

7. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

I want this baby now! Nice design and nice screen-to-bezel ratio. Wish it was 8.3-8.4" though. ^ Yes, $299 max would be the sweet price spot. Over $350 and I may pass.

8. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

They could fit an 8.9 inch screen on a tablet the size of a Nexus 7 if that got rid of all that ugly bezel.


Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

All I need to know about this was answered when I did Ctrl+F for the word; External SD=big fat ZERO, which is where anything that doesn't allow external storage expansion rates. Quit trying to push us into the cloud, it's NEVER. GOING. TO. HAPPEN.

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