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

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.

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



1. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Cool I can't wait!

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

20. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

31. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

34. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

imagine a "one tablet" minus the UP camera

14. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

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

24. neartx

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2014

me too i wait to buy a tablet but only htc

2. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Bring BoomSound to this and I am sold :)

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

36. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013


4. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Its not non nexus dude its a nexus

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

10. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

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

21. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Didn't you just vread my reply then just ignore it? Kind of the same thing.

6. Notsosuperdave

Posts: 29; Member since: May 15, 2013

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

7. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

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

11. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

25. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

16. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

go home troll. HTC is the best.

23. neartx

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2014

yes go home htc is the best

26. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

27. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Rofl. Delusional HTC fans.

19. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012


15. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 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!!!!

32. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

37. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

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

17. oldblue910

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 20, 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.

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