Rumors of a Nexus 8 joining the lineup in the fall seem too baseless for us

Rumors of a Nexus 8 joining the lineup in the fall seem too baseless for us
We've seen the rumors circulating, and we've received a number of tips from readers on the topic, so we wanted to address it directly, because the first thing you read on a topic is likely to stick. We'd rather that first thing be some healthy skepticism, rather than blind hope, because we feel we have just as much responsibility to kill bad information as to provide you with good info. That said, yes there are rumors that Google will add a Nexus 8 to the lineup in the fall, but as yet we see absolutely no reason to put any faith in the claims.

The big red flag with the rumor (and the reason we're surprised the rumor continues to stick around) is that it is based on concept renderings. More accurately, the rumor spurs from concept renders that first surfaced in May of a Nexus 5, Nexus 8, and Nexus 11; and, they weren't even all that impressive renders at the time (which is why we didn't report them). The images of the renders were just plain black rectangles with specs calling for a Nexus 8 with a 1200x1920 display and Snapdragon 600 processor, which is very realistic for a concept render.

The speculation has taken this bizarre path: concept renders made --> let's pretend they are real. That's simply not enough. We would definitely like to see another Nexus tablet fit into the space between the 7 and the 10, just like we would want to see a Nexus phablet in the space between the 4 and the 7, but as yet there has been absolutely no reason to believe that either of these things are in the works from Asus and Google. 

Because we're so disappointed that these rumors have persisted, we are linking to the original concept renders, but we will not be linking to any sites perpetuating the rumor, unless they start basing speculation in fact. In the meantime, let's just wait on the Nexus 7 refresh, which should be coming in the next few weeks.

source: BF Concepts



27. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

It will be less then 8 inches, like 7.8 inches etc, but they will call it the nexus 8. Everything is getting a second revision. Watch.

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

LG showed off a full HD 7.9 inch screen at one if the display shows. If LG is making it, which they should because Asus sucks, then it is very possible.

26. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

They should let Motorala make it so they can say made in USA.

21. Mrmark

Posts: 430; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

It's all about how thin the Bezel on the next Gen Nexus is going to be.... The Nexus 7 and 10 had too much bezel IMO.

13. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Rather Google release a updated 10 inch tab.

18. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

That will come in fall or possibly by the end of October when the Nexus 10 gets a replacement, possibly in the form of the Nexus 11 tab?

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Which is why it's best too wait. Never rush out too buy something. Refresh nexus 7 wait for that one.

11. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

10" is what I prefer.

16. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

That's what she said

10. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'd love an 8" or even 8.5" display. 7 is alright but just feels a little small sometimes. Maybe the nexus 7 with its HD display will make a big difference.

9. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Why not skip the improved n7 and just go ahead and make the eight?

8. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I love 10 inch, nicest size for tablet. 8 inch is the smaller size acceptable tablet range. 7 inch is too tiny as a tablet in my opinion.

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I hope the Nexus 8 won't be fragile like the Nexus 7. And I hope that the screen will have Gorilla Glass 3 on it.

7. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I had no idea the Nexus 7 was fragile lol. I have had my Nexus 7 since last Christmas and I've been extremely careful with it. I mean, my old Nook Color was built like a tank and it has battle scars but still functions.

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I have my Nexus 7 and it's a damn tank. This thing has survived accidental drops from my family and its basically in 9.9/10 condition. Time to replace this N7 for the new one.

17. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Mine has a tiny scratch on the screen. I think it shipped with it because I don't recall how it got there.

5. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I think a Nexus 8 should be a successor as long as it has the thin bezel like the Nexus 7. I held the Galaxy Note 8.0 and was surprised that it was not much bigger than the Nexus 7. At first glipmse, I though they were the same size until I held them next to each other. I mean if the size is an incremental upgrade like how I suspect the Nexus 5 will be (and hopefully a Nexus 11), then I'll be pleased.

4. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Hmmm would be good but I don't think its really needed....with the 2nd gen nexus 7 out I hinkmthat will be awesome!

3. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

prefer my 10 inch tablets! 8 is a good mid level 7 inch to small for me but 10 inches perfect for me

19. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

That's what she said.

20. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

seriously ?? thats what she said -_-

2. imkyle

Posts: 1117; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I like the 7inch form factor myself. Holding the back of the tablet with one hand in portrait mode is very nice.

1. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Eight inches is a little too big for my hands anyhow. Seven inches is the sweet spot. Oh, of all the things I'd ever thought I'd say... that wasn't one of them.

14. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012


22. LordDavon

Posts: 188; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

I've got an iPad (3rd gen) and a Mini, but I've always liked the 7 inch tablet space. I went from a Kindle Fire, then the Samsung Galaxy 7.0, and then Nexus 7. I got rid of the Nexus when I got my Note II, but got a JXD S7300 for gaming. I liked I 7" tablet size, but still wanted something a little bigger. I was at Best Buy the other day and got to hold the new Galaxy 3 8.0. I was amazed at that size, and now that is my next purchase.

24. jove39

Posts: 2154; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Should've mentioned nexus somewhere :)

25. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

lets hope they only decrease its bezels and make it same size like 7'' nexus....

28. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

8 inch with lesser bezel should maintain the dimensions. But i dont believe the render above to be legit.

29. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

I agree bigger doesn't mean better!

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