Is Google testing the Nexus 8 in India?

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Will we or won’t we see the Nexus 8? That’s the question that has been on our minds for what seems like an eternity as we await any sort of official word on the rumored followup to Google’s popular Nexus 7 slate. The general consensus is that the tablet does indeed exist; could we be closer than ever to its big reveal? According to import/export records, prototype units have already arrived in India for testing.

If the database entry we are looking at has any truth to it, two separate shipments of two Nexus 8 tablets each have arrived in the country over the past two weeks. The latest entry dated July 4th simply reads “NEXUS8 PROTOTYPE TABLET” while an earlier entry for June 30th went a bit farther. Its description reads “NEXUS8 PROTOTYPE TABLET SIMILAR TO NEXUS(7).” Not the most revealing description, but a Nexus 7-esque slate was about what we expected.

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The only other revelation coming from this find is potential pricing information. While the value per unit varies slightly between the two shipments, both are listed in the range of 16,500 INR. The number shakes out to about $275 when converted to US currency. A pricing of $250-275 makes sense for a Nexus Tablet featuring a slightly larger screen and beefed up specs over the last iteration, especially if we are looking at a variant with cellular radios onboard (info we can’t decipher from this listing).

What we can’t gather from the entries is any info on the Nexus 8’s potential hardware array. We can’t glean the manufacturer of origin. We definitely can’t decipher a release date. The presence of multiple instances of a Nexus 8 in the database lend some credence to the possibility that the entries aren’t simply being spoofed, but without much more to go on we’d say take this little bit of info for what it is. Will we see the Nexus 8 by the end of the summer? Or will Google hold the tablet back to coincide with the official rollout of Android L? You guess is as good as ours.

 

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  • Mike az

    I’m aware this has been talked about. However do we have actual proof that google is going to release the nexus 6 this year or if the nexus is still happening…. It’s between this and the SGN4. thanks

    • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

      I’m betting on a Nexus 5 to be released in the fall.

      • warren

        Are you saying you think this year will be an N5 refresh? Like N5 2014 or something? I was wondering when they’d alter the naming convention. Soon, they’ll overlap their product lines right?…N4,N5,N6 (phones) N7,N8,N10 (tablets)

        • Squeak

          The number has been tied to the screen size ever since the N4. There has been two N7s already. Unless they release a 7 inch Nexus smart phone it won’t be an issue.

          • Malik

            The tablets were not tied to screen size. The phones were tied to the number of the phone in the line since 4. Going from 4.7″ to 4.99″ does not equate a jump from 4-5 in naming. It was just convenient for Google.

          • Squeak

            Since Google never really said one way or the other I suppose that is left up to one’s interpretation. Calling a 4.7″ phone 5 inches seems like a stretch to me, but calling a 4.99″ phone 5 inches doesn’t seem like a stretch at all. Google in fact refers to the Nexus 5’s “stunning 5″ display” on their own site. I prefer to think that the whole Nexus line up is named using the same standards, but truthfully the argument can be made either way.

          • mcl630

            The Nexus One wasn’t 1 inch.
            The 2nd Nexus phone (Nexus S) wasn’t 2 inches.
            The 3rd Nexus phone (Galaxy Nexus) wasn’t 3 inches.
            The Nexus 4 wasn’t 4 inches (it was 4.7″).
            The Nexus 5 is coincidentally 5 inches.

            The next Nexus phone will be the Nexus 6, regardless of its screen size. Bank on it.

          • Squeak

            The Nexus 7 wasn’t the 7th nexus device.
            The Nexus 10 wasn’t the 10th nexus device.
            The Nexus S wasn’t the Sth Nexus device.

            All we can do is wait and see. But if you are correct the 7th Nexus phone will cause some confusion.

          • mcl630

            The Nexus 7 and 10 are tablets, not phones. If you’ve forgotten, Google wanted to call the 2nd phone Nexus Two, but Samsung insisted on Nexus S. Google didn’t bother fighting them on the 3rd Nexus phone (Galaxy Nexus). With Sammy out of the way, Google resumed numbering them, calling the 4th phone with the Nexus 4.

            Yes, the 7th Nexus phone (if there is one) will be a problem. Google ought to have called the tablets Nexus Tablet 7 and Nexus Tablet 10, or some such, which would have avoided the inevitable naming conflict.

        • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

          Correct. Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Nexus 7 2013, and Nexus 5 have all been roughly tied to the screen size. We won’t see a Nexus 6 because that’s a huge ass phone. I’m betting on a Nexus 5 2014.

          • Malik

            Lol I don’t think the 4.7″ screen is roughly 4″ in the Nexus 4. It was just am inconsistent naming scheme.

        • Nuno Guerreiro

          If Google is going to release a new Nexus phone, it will probably have N5 2014 name, like it did with the N7 2013 !!! Simple as this!!! Stop with N6 non sense… in 2015 what will it be? N7 phone?? Use logical sense!!!

      • O’s Fan91

        I hope so. Love my Nexus 5 now, but waiting for the first solid rumors on a Nexus 5 refresh and then hope to sell my Nexus 5 :)

        • Mike az

          It’s a phenomenal phone. Had mine since launch. Vanilla android ftw.

      • Mike az

        Thank you Derek Ross Kenobi, your my only hope.

  • Jason Roberts

    The last mid-sized Nexus tab released in the summer, hopefully the new one will continue that trend.

  • su2lly

    I’m thinking the Nexus name on this device is temporary. Isn’t everything else pointing to silver or is it wishful thinking on my part?

  • phinn

    Hoping for new Nexus 5 and Nexus 8. These phones have gotten so absurdly big at this point a 7″ screen doesn’t distinguish itself much from a 5″. So moving to 8″ would make sense.

    • Mike az

      I’m hoping it’ll be a little larger that’d be awesome….but I’m not aware of the nexus four growing in size during its refresh so…I’m guessing it’ll be 4.9 again

      • phinn

        4.95″ would be fine with me. Personally I think 4.7″ is ideal for a phone as per the Moto X.

  • harold

    They need to changing the naming to just the nexus phone,the nexus tables and the nexus watch.

    • TheScientists

      This Nexus Table you speak of sounds interesting. So the idea is I set my coffee and cereal on it in the morning, and the whole surface is one big screen? Hmmm. I like it.

  • JointhePredacons

    HTC ? Hope so.