The much anticipated follow up to the Nexus 7, the rumoured Nexus 8 is making its rounds through the rumour mill as the speculated launch date comes closer. The rumoured HTC made device is said to carry the codename Volantis internally at HTC and is rumoured to be using HTC’s popular full metal unibody design which is seen on HTC flagships such as the HTC One M8 and One M7.
Specifications revealed by @evleaks claimed that the device would come with a 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 with 5GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The HTC Volantis or “Flounder” was also said to come with an 8 MegaPixel rear camera and HTC’s BoomSound technology with an 8.9-inch screen. However, tipster @evleaks has come out and revealed that the details of the leaks were fake and were given by a 14-year old posing as a Google Employee.
While the reality of the leak is somewhat disappointing, the leak makes sense when we look at what the Nexus line of devices are meant to be – a reference device for developers and a means of Google to push the limits of Android forward. The specifications faked made a lot of sense in some ways as Google announced that the next version of Android – Android L (for now) – will be able to run on 64-bit systems. As of right now, the only processor available with 64-bit architecture is the Nvidia tegra K1 as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 is said to be available to manufacturers in the second half of 2014 and in commercial devices in 2015 according to Qualcomm and we’ve already seen Google use the Nvidia Tegra K1 on their Project Tango Tablet. On the other hand, the obscene amount of RAM seems like a little bit of overkill although we’re definitely going to see Android devices with more than 3GB of RAM in the next year.
With all that disappointment, it’s hard to see the silver lining – until now. A shipment record coming out of India lists a device labelled “Nexus 8 Prototype tablet” headed out to the United States. Also in the manifest is the price of the prototype: INR 16,484 (RM 875). While the price of the prototype may not reflect the price of the Nexus 8, it’s a good indicator.
So it’s obvious that we can put rumours of the Nexus program’s demise to rest. If you’re still doubting that the Nexus program will continue, Google Director of Engineering, Dave Burke has also come forward saying that the Nexus program is here to stay.