Thursday, 13 February 2014

Rumor – HTC to Manufacture Nexus 10, Nexus 8 Release Date Still Possible for April

A series of wild rumors has been sweeping the Internet as of late, the Taiwanese industry-centric tech blog has released two new reports on Google’s next Nexus tablets, and while they may seem a bit confusing, they all point to one thing in common – Google could be releasing new Nexus tablets soon, with release dates for the Nexus 8 and/or the new Nexus 10 both a possibility for the near future.

The question is, who’s going to be behind the tablets’ manufacturing?  All Nexus devices are based on Google-mandated specifications and features, but are not manufactured by Google itself; instead, it relies on any one of its OEM partners, and in the case of the Nexus tablet, it looks like Google’s most reliable OEM is Asus, which manufactured both Nexus 7 iterations. First report claimed the Nexus 8’s release date would be in April, but did not add any information on the company that will be producing it.  So far, LG, Samsung and HTC have all emerged as contenders.  A new and separate report from , however, suggests that the new Nexus 10 will also be coming soon, more than one year after the original tablet’s release date.  And it will apparently be manufactured by HTC, and not Samsung.

Conversely, there was no launch or release date mentioned for the supposed HTC-made Google Nexus 10, and specifications remain unknown, but if we are to speculate, we can expect a quad-core Nexus 10 (up from dual-core) with 2560 x 1600 display resolution (same as the original version).  As for features, it may not be likely as the Nexus 10 will be based on Google’s instructions and not HTC’s, but if there’s one killer feature that deserves to be included, it’s the twin BoomSound stereo speakers on the latter company’s flagship HTC One.


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