There have been a lot of rumors and leaks regarding Nexus 8 and people were expecting Google to launch the successor to Nexus 7 at the I/O event. But this did not happen. Now it so happens that four Nexus 8 tablets have been shipped to India in the past few days. They have appeared in the database of the Indian website Zauba that tracks import-export data.
In the database, it can be seen that two shipments have arrived at the Bangalore airport in India. The first shipment dated 30 June 2014 shows product description as” NEXUS8 PROTOTYPE TABLET SIMILAR TO NEXUS(7)” and consists of two units valued at INR 32,968. The second entry is dated 4 July 2014 and says “NEXUS8 PROTOTYPE TABLET” and this too consists of two units valued at INR 33,298. So the cost of one tablet will be around INR 16,500 – INR 16,700 which comes to about US $275 – $280.
The two entries can be seen in the following image:
Except for mentioning the fact that Nexus 8 is similar to Nexus 7, the database gives no other information such as specs etc. Name of the manufacturing company is not mentioned but since the Nexus Prototypes have come from the US, they may have come from Google itself.
Last month, there was a rumor that HTC was working on an 8.9-inch Nexus tablet codenamed Volantis tipped to be the Nexus 9. But now, it might as well be the Nexus 8 instead. The device will have a 2048×1440 p resolution and will be powered by NVIDIA Tegra K1 64-bit CPU with a 2GB RAM and two internal storage options of 16GB and 32GB. The tablet will have an 8MP rear camera and a 3MP front camera.
However, it has not been confirmed whether the HTC Volantis will be the Nexus 8 or Nexus 9 tablet. Other possible manufacturers of Nexus 8 are Asus and LG. Nexus 7 tablet has been developed by Asus, while Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 have been developed by LG.
We can hope for an announcement about the Nexus 8 from Google later this year. Maybe the company coincides the unveiling of Nexus 8 with the official release of Android L.