HTC, not Asus, may build the Nexus 8 tablet coming in Q3

HTC, not Asus, may build the Nexus 8 tablet coming in Q3
There are a couple potentially big changes on the way for the Nexus program. There have been rumors that the Nexus program may be coming to an end soon, but Google does apparently still have plans for a couple new Nexus devices this year. A new rumor is saying that the Nexus 8 will be happening, but it won't be made by Asus, it could be made by HTC.

Again, there have been rumors that HTC was working on a Nexus tablet with Google that would be released in Q3, but the thinking had been that it was the follow-up to the Nexus 10 that would be made by HTC. Now, a report from DigiTimes is saying that "upstream supply chain" sources are seeing evidence that HTC is actually building the Nexus 8, which could be an 8.9-inch tablet that we've heard of before. It seems that Google had actually wanted HTC to build the original Nexus 7, and had reached out to the company before contacting Asus, but HTC was too busy with smartphones at the time. Given how HTC's share of smartphones has gone, we're not sure HTC made the right choice there. 

The two Nexus 7 tablets were released in the summer, soon after the Google I/O conference, and the Nexus 8 will likely be following in that same plan, as the same supply chain sources are saying that Google is aiming for a Q3 release for the tablet.  The Nexus 8 also may not be much of an event for Google, though. Word has it that the Nexus tablets have essentially fulfilled their purpose of "boosting Android's penetration in the tablet market", so there won't be as much of a push behind the Nexus 8. No doubt, it will still be quite popular with the power-user crowd.

source: DigiTimes

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38 Comments

1. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

This is actually great news, hope it is built from aluminium.

15. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

*Drooling... That will push me to buy a Nexus tablet o.O!!

18. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Forget that, nexus cant be unibody aluminum with that price point, google barely makes any profit at all from nexus devices, they are meant to be a showcase for the vanilla android and not showcase of design and quality materials. Which is great if you ask me.

25. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

No it will be of metal and all goodies, but will have 0.7 MP Ultrapixels to ruin it coz it's HTC's moto to make everything perfect and then replace some crucial elements to ruin it.

26. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I'll be okay if HTC uses 0.7 MP Ultrapixels camera on a tablet haha Bc I don't ever take pictures with a tablet anyway :P as long as they put BoomSound speakers on that baby

37. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its a tablet. Who cares what kind of camera it comes with. Just as long as the display, sound, weight, battery life, CPU, GPU, memory, and storage are really good. Then they will have an excellent tablet. Because it will have Google's latest software and updates. If the HTC tablet has dual boom sound stereo speakers, then I would buy one without being aluminum.

38. doublevisionsfc

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 23, 2014

A lot of people use the cameras on their tablets, so I think some people do care. I actually prefer the rubbery ish feel on a tablet.. an all aluminum tablet seems weird to me. Def hope they improve the speakers tho.

30. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

HTC? Expect premium price.

2. gigantos

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

Hope HTC still alive until releasing the tablet.... It's sad to see a company design such great phones like Dream, HD2 or One dying.

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

might be their last hurrah ...they started the Nexus line and now they are to end it ..alpha to omega

19. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

BB is in deeper sh-iit and they still got 2 years to go by just with the cash saved. They have a a dying OS, phones that cant be compared to android and you are talking likie this is the last year of HTC who has much more marketshare than BB, has a solid name in android community and makes great phones despite being in decline. In worst case scenario HTC has 3-4 years to fail as much as they like before being worried of going bankrupt or dying.

23. gigantos

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

You neglect a fact that BB have their BBM, a solid foothold in enterprise market, and a worldwide fanfare. There are still quite some people using a BB OS7 phone and to keep their habits they don't want to switch to another brand so soon. Meanwhile in Android it's easy for us to jump between HTC, Samsung, Sony, LG. More direct competition, faster it dies.

3. newbey123

Posts: 701; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Awesome. Been waiting to get my first tablet for a while. Want a Nexus but didn't want to get one until HTC was put back in charge of building it! Hurry up and release it.

5. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

It's been a long time HTC didn't make a Nexus and a tablet.

6. PadFone

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Hi guys im so sorry that i am asking this question here but this was one of the latest news posted.I want to buy a smartphone and i am thinking between sony xperia t, sony xperia v,blackberry z10 or nexus 4.Please help me to chose the best.Tnx!!!

8. Ishtiaque99

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

U can buy Xperia Tx or Xperia SP.

16. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

SP for sure none of the ones u chose

17. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

@PadFone That's a huge matter of opinion there. My main question to you before giving any advice is what kind of user are you. Essentially what do you use your phone mainly and how much do you want to spend? That's generally the first thing I ask anyone when they ask me for phone advice.

36. PadFone

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I totally understand you.I have huge problem.In my country smartphones are so expensive and because of that i can't get the right decision.I am using my phone to watch videos,I am spending a lot of time at social networks like facebook and I like taking pictures and making videos on my phone so please could you help me chose?

7. express77 unregistered

I am fine with 4mp 'ultrapixel' camera in a tablet.

9. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

It would make the camera inferior than N7(2013).

10. jeso86

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

fingers crossed for boomsound speakers =)

11. htcforlife

Posts: 73; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Gimme the same good build quality sexy design bada** speakers and a 8mp camera and take my money!!!!!!!! Kudos HTC Finally the wait is coming to an end(I hope so!)

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

oh yeah, i would so buy this.

13. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2187; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I would like to see Google become Apple-like and that is cut out all of the manufacturing partners and build Android on their own from hardware and software.

14. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Good to know. HTC over Asus for me. Beastly specs, front boomsound speakers, aluminium built and nice design, please, HTC.

29. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

It's up to Google, lol. Look at the LG Nexus 5 and the Asus Nexus 7 2013.

20. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

A tab with boomsound? Yes please! Apple u better watch out...

21. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Don't get your hopes up that this will be of pristine aluminum build with Boomsound speakers. This is a Nexus, which means that if recent history is anything to go by it will be made out of soft-touch plastic with no HTC-branded technologies at all (which, good news, means there also probably won't be an Ultrapixel camera). Look at the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 5: There's nothing about them that would indicate they're made by either ASUS or LG. Google is codifying what they want their Nexus line to look like, and right now that means dark, sleek, minimalist slabs, and leaving manufacturer-specific touches to Google Play Edition devices.

22. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Still wanting for a Sony Nexus.

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