Last week, LG and Google released the Nexus 5 – the latest device to come out of a partnership that started with last year’s Nexus 4. Now it looks like the two may be working together on another mobile device.
Blog of Mobile recently reported that a new LG device has just gone through Bluetooth certification. The device – simply called LG-V510 – has some speculating that it could be a Nexus 8. After all, the LG-V500 is the design name given to LG’s G Pad – an 8.3-inch tablet. The similarity between the two has many wondering if Google will release an 8-inch tablet this year despite already releasing a new Nexus 7 back in July.
Adding to the speculation is an image that has popped up on the official Android Web site. Under the Apps & Entertainment section, there’s an image of a woman with a tablet that nobody has seen before. It’s too big to be a Nexus 7 and too small to be a Nexus 10; thus ArsTechnica suggests that it may be the Nexus 8.
What makes this more suspicious, however, is the image has been subtly changed. Instead of the tablet that you see above, the image has been modified to feature the same woman now holding a Nexus 7. There’s a pretty significant difference between the two:
If Google and LG are releasing a Nexus 8, it will most certainly be based on the G Pad. If true, the Nexus 8 will feature an 8.3-inch 1920×1200 display, a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 4600mAh battery and Android 4.4.
It’s definitely a nice tablet, but one has to wonder why Google would even bother with refreshing the Nexus 7 line if it was going to release the Nexus 8 just a few months later. If all the above is true, the Nexus 8 will be better than the Nexus 7 in pretty much every way, and the low price of Nexus devices will ensure that it’s relatively affordable.
Another thing to keep in mind among all the rumors is that Google still has yet to refresh the Nexus 10. Last year’s Nexus 10 was released alongside the Nexus 4, but Google decided to not refresh both devices this year when it revealed the Nexus 5 last week. That could mean Google really is moving Nexus 10 production to Asus as a recent leak suggested, and that could have pushed back the release by any number of weeks or months. DroidLife may be right on the money when it suggests Google may unveil the Nexus 8 and Nexus 10 at the same time. The only question now is when, and for that, there is no easy answer.