New details about Google's rumored Nexus 8 tablet are starting to turn up. It will reportedly use an Intel 64-bit quad-core processor, run Android 4.5 Lollipop, and be released in July.
Google 's first tablet, the Nexus 7 was a huge hit for the company. It was a favorite among hard-core Android fans due to its specs, stock Android experience, and a guarantee to receive future Android updates. Google chose ASUS to build the both the original Nexus 7 released in July 2012 and last year's model. A new report has some details about Google's rumored Nexus 8, which the company is reportedly prepping as an iPad mini with Retina display killer.
Rumors began to circulate last year that Google was working on an 8-inch tablet to take on the very popular iPad mini. Many consumers feel that 8-inch tablets hit the sweet spot; they have displays that are large and more comfortable to use than 7-inch displays and are still small and light enough to easily carry and use with one hand.
A new report from AndroidPit claims that Google has pushed back the release of the Nexus 8 to July, instead of its rumored April unveiling. The delay is believed to stem from Google dropping Qualcomm's snapdragon processor in order to use an Intel 64-bit processor inside. This would allow the Nexus 8 to better compete with the iPad mini with Retina display's 64-bit A7 processor. Google has reportedly commissioned ASUS once again to build its tablet and that probably means the device will be very affordable.
The Nexus 8 will likely use Intel's Moorefield chip, which is 64-bit based, has a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and PowerVR G6430 GPU. The Nexus 8 could make an appearance at Google's I/O event in June, where the company is expected to unveil the next version of Android, which some claim will be called Lollipop. There haven't been any major leaks regarding what we can expect to see in Google's next major version of Android, aside from its rumored "Lollipop" name.
As always, it's best to take these reports with a grain of salt, but judging from the fact that Android doesn't have 64-bit bragging status like iOS does, Google will clearly want to change that very soon.