Google is expected to focus on an 8-inch tablet as the demand for Nexus 7 has weakened following increased competition from other vendors including Samsung, Dell and Amazon.
Second generation Nexus 7 hasn’t managed to garner enough shipments as did the first generation Nexus 7 and as average prices of 7-inch tablets has fallen below the $170 mark across the globe, Google hasn’t managed to ship out enough Nexus 7s, which are priced $229 and upwards.
Reports from the upstream supply chain reveals that Google will release an 8-inch tablet dubbed Nexus 8 this year instead of upgrading its Nexus 7 notes DigiTimes.
Asustek is most likely to bad the order for Nexus 8 as well because of its close and successful relations with Google. Samsung, LG and Lenovo are other manufacturers who are trying to woo Google for Nexus 8 orders.
According to DigiTimes’ source Nexus 8 will most likely pack a processor based on Intel’s Bay Trail-T platform; however, processors from other vendors including Qualcomm can’t be ruled out.