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

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



1. salaal

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

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

2. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

27. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

35. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 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.


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

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

40. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

The G Pad rocks. I have it :D I picked it up instead of another Nexus Tablet last year.

3. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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?

8. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Well said..

17. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 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

18. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

46. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

you watch porn at the gym?

22. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 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.

4. bagou01

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 20, 2013

sometimes you write "the 7in tablet sales are exceptionnaly good" sometimes you write they are too bad, chose and stick to it please !

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

30. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 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.

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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?

6. bagou01

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 20, 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

7. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

That prototype kinda Nexus 8 looks sweet.

9. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

We still want a Sony Nexus

11. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

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

10. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 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.

12. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 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.

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.

16. XperiaOptimusOne unregistered

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

14. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Add an inch = Better sales????????? Maybe, but I doubt it.

15. papss unregistered

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

34. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Microphobe Alert! Warning! Now do you see how stupid you sound when you do that?

19. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Low sales number is due to failed marketing. Anyway, I won't mind buying N8 if it comes with S805 or Tegra K1

20. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 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.

21. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 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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