Unidentified tablet shows up on Google's I/O page, could it be the rumored Nexus 8?


There has been no shortage of Nexus 8-related rumors these past few months, and, usually, when there's smoke, there's also fire. According to the rumor mill, Google is deep into the development of a new Nexus slate with a larger, 8.9-inch display, and it's HTC that's been tasked with its production this time around, not Asus. Apparently, such a tablet is due for a Q3 release.

That's interesting, as Google's minty-fresh I/O conference webpage has an intriguing header image with an unidentified slate in it. Before we get into entertaining the notion of what this could mean, we should say that we could very well be looking at a placeholder device. With that out of the way, we have to note that some rumors did indicate a June announcement, not to mention that the Mountain View-based company has, in the past, used the I/O event as a platform to launch new products. Indeed, we may very well be looking at a still veiled-in-secrecy new Nexus tablet.

The image in question doesn't really provide us with too many clues, though if this is, indeed, the rumored Nexus 8, it is apparently coming with at least one front-facing speaker. On the down side, the tablet sports quite the fatty bezels, so compactness won't be among its main selling points. Price would, or at least many would expect -- especially given Google's record with the Nexus line -- though we've heard it said that, this time around, the search giant may be after a more premium pricing tier that will allow whoever ends up manufacturing the Nexus 8 to pack it with the latest and greatest in hardware. 

In any case, we'll know for sure in exactly a month's time from now (June 25-26th), which is when Google's I/O 2014 event is set to take place.

source: Google

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22 Comments

1. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

It has blue icons on its notification bar so I'm guessing it's probably not the latest version of Android unless Google is going back to them.

2. ancellim

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Looks like a placeholder.

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

saw it last week lol

4. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

this does not look like a tablet .. the screen looks like 6" something or maybe 7 but not 8 as I can see it seems quite close to the one I have on my Galaxy Mega 6.3

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I'm putting my hand flat on the Kindle Fire HDX and my middle finger goes a bit beyond the edge of the tablet. If the hand of the person in the pic about the same size as mine, that tablet is definitely bigger than 7".

11. Enddo

Posts: 53; Member since: May 26, 2014

It's the Nexus 10 from the Chrome game demo at last year's Google I/O event. . .

6. rithvik

Posts: 1; Member since: May 26, 2014

It's called a Nexus 10, turned sideways. Carry on, folks.

7. xkiller.nws

Posts: 2; Member since: May 26, 2014

LoL, this tablet is just a Nexus 10 made by Samsung google.com/nexus/10

9. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Indeed, it looks very similar. But there are differences between the two if you look closely.

10. Enddo

Posts: 53; Member since: May 26, 2014

There's no differences lol. This is literally the same Nexus 10 they showed off at last year's Google I/O event that was used for Chrome game demos

12. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

can you name the differences Chris? Curious myself

14. jackgmarch

Posts: 3; Member since: May 26, 2014

No there f***ing isn't, clickbait at its finest.

15. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Sure there is. For one, there's a very clear mismatch between the bezels of the slate in the image, and the Nexus 10, which has an all-around, equally-thick frame. Again, it's indeed very similar, and, as pointed out, could be a placeholder or just a messed up render of the Nexus 10. Or, it could be a new Nexus 10, or Nexus 8. We'll know in a month or so from now.

18. Aralf

Posts: 1; Member since: May 26, 2014

Dude, it's the same Nexus 10 from 2012, here is the original photo from the Google I/O of 2013 htp://bayareaeventphotography.com/event-photograph​y/portfolios/google-io-2013/ (I had to put "htp" instead of "http")

8. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Aaargh.... Too much bezel again!

13. jackgmarch

Posts: 3; Member since: May 26, 2014

Posting bull**** likes this just makes your credibility even worse than it currently is, this is a Nexus 10 turned sideways. It's also still running Jelly Bean...

16. iMemo

Posts: 113; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Looks too tall.

17. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

It's a Nexus 10, even a blind man would confirm this.

19. mega20913

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

It's so obvious to see that's a nexus 10...

20. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

This is the very same tablet of last year's ad also, still fooling around.

21. dbin78

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

That is from Google I/O 2013. The cross-device game Racer is displayed that was shown. Could it be an early version of a one of the current Nexus devices?

22. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

old news

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