Google may be preparing to add another screen size to its Nexus tablet lineup. Rumors about a Nexus 8 have been floating around for months, and now CNET is stirring the pot with a report suggesting the next Nexus tablet could be an 8.9 inch, “high-performance” model built by HTC.
Neither Google nor HTC has said anything about the tablet yet, but CNET’s info comes from research and consulting firm IHS Technology. That means it’s probably best to take this news as an educated guess based on industry research and maybe some leaks in the supply chain.
If the reports are true, it’s likely the tablet would be more expensive than the Nexus 7, with a price of $299 or higher which would make it more of a niche product that the companies would expect to sell in smaller quantities than the reasonably popular Nexus 7.
Production is said to be expected to ramp up this summer, which suggests the tablet could hit the streets in late summer or early fall.
The last Nexus product manufactured by HTC was actually the first Nexus device — the Google Nexus One smartphone. While its 3.7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display, 512MB of storage, and single-core processor look pretty dated at this point, it was one of the best Android phones money could buy when it launched in 2010.
It’d be interesting to see what HTC and Google can come up with by working together on a more modern device.