Could this really be the Nexus 8?
The Nexus family of devices is in a state of limbo at the moment. While we’ve seen some evidence suggesting that Google’s been preparing for a couple new Nexus models, these rumors of Android Silver have cast new doubt upon whether or not we’ll actually see the commercial release of that hardware. But for what it’s worth, we’ve been talking about a possible Nexus 8 tablet, one that might be made by HTC, and goes by the codename Flounder. Today a new leak attempts to reveal some hardware details and share a few pics of the device, but can this info be trusted?
Let’s start with those specs: according to this source, the Nexus 8 will run a 64-bit Qualcomm SoC, arrive with Android 4.5, and feature 3GB of RAM. OK, so that 3GB RAM business is innocuous enough, but what about the other two? That Qualcomm chip would likely be the 808 or 810 (we doubt the 410 would be used in a Nexus tablet), and neither is expected to show up in any hardware until early next year – which seems a bit late for a new Nexus tablet. And while we suppose the presence of Android 4.5 is possible, we’re always a bit leery when we hear stabs at future Android version numbers, as they have a habit of being quite unpredictable.
But maybe our biggest problem is with these pictures. Put bluntly, they look a bit crap. Given no context, we’d assume they were cheap no-name tablets; just look at those gigantic bezels. Even HTC’s old Flyer tablet had smaller bezels than this. We’ve heard the theory that this could be lunchboxed, obscured by a larger case, but that’s both quite unusual for tablets, and we also don’t see any sign of such a case in these pics – usually such a thing is very visible, like in those recent Amazon leaks. And that cheesy “no, no, this is real” watermark? The leak doth protest too much, perhaps.