New details have leaked pertaining to Google's upcoming Nexus 8 tablet. The slate is rumored to be built by HTC, and it will reportedly pack in a powerful 64-bit processor and be unveiled at Google I/0.
When Google announced its first tablet, the company used its I/O conference to unleash the tablet on the world. It was met with great success for a couple key reasons. Google managed to build a tablet with high-end specs that would be the first device to ship its latest version of Android at the time, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Since it was a Nexus-branded device, Google would be able to send any software updates OTA (over the air) instead of having to submit software to carriers for approval, which could take several months. The tablet was also priced at a very reasonable $199.99.
Google released an update to its Nexus 7 tablet last summer and offered some solid improvements by adding a higher-resolution display, 5-megapixel rear camera, stereo speakers, and built-in wireless charging. The company kept the price of the slates very reasonable this time around as well.
A new report claims that Google is about to add a new Nexus tablet to its lineup and as previously reported, the device will be called the Nexus 8 and feature an 8-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display. The slate was discovered in recent code under the codename "Flounder."
According to a new report from myce, it has discovered several references to the "Flounder" device, which is believed to be the Nexus 8 in Android source code.
The 8-inch Nexus tablet will be the first Android device to match Apple's use of 64-bit processors in its flagship iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina display. The Nexus 8 is expected to use a 64-bit Nvidia Tegra processor.
Recent reports have suggested that Google has chosen HTC to build the Nexus 8 and not Asus, who was the manufacturer for both generation Nexus 7 tablets. The Nexus 8 is expected to be officially announced at Google I/O, which takes place on June 25-26. It's safe to assume we'll be hearing more about the device leading up to its launch.