By Anton D. Nagy | February 7, 2014 7:43 AM
The Nexus “8″, reportedly the next slate built by ASUS for Google, popped up in reports not so long ago. One such report claimed that it should land around mid-2014, and, based on these rumors, fan-made renders started to pop-up, like the one you see above. A similar report now claims that the Google Nexus 8 should avoid price competition in the seven-inch slate market.
“Taiwan-based supply chain makers” claim that the Nexus 8 will be launched at the end of April, which is less than three months from now. Initial shipments should be around two million, said the same sources quoted in the Digitimes report. While this might be the third collaboration between ASUS and Google for the Nexus slate, the 2013 didn’t reach the sales performance of the 2012 model, mainly due to the fierce competition in the seven-inch tablet segment, claims the report. “Fewer than three million units as of the end of 2013″ is what these sources claim with regards of the 2013 Nexus 7′s performance. Because of this, Google allegedly targets the eight-inch market, in order to avoid competition from other seven-inch slate, and five- and six-inch phone makers.
Update: Meanwhile, we’ve recently heard rumors that HTC might be the OEM behind an upcoming Nexus. However, whether we’re talking seven, eight, ten-inches, or a different size altogether, is yet unknown.