Google’s Nexus 7 might not be the most popular tablet in the world, but it is clearly one of the top choices for Android enthusiasts looking for a pure Google experience at a surprisingly affordable price. Starting at just $229, Google’s 7-inch tablet is indeed a tremendous value. According to a new report, however, Android fans may soon have an even better option when it comes to purchasing a new tablet.
Citing unnamed supply chain sources, Digitimes on Monday reported that Google plans to launch its next-generation Nexus tablet sometime in the third quarter this year.
According to the report, the new slate will feature a larger 8-inch display. And while Asus had been tasked with building previous versions of Google’s entry-level tablet, the report states that HTC has been contracted to design and build the upcoming new “Nexus 8.”
Digitimes¬†noted that HTC was approached by Google to build earlier Nexus 7 models as well, but the Taiwan-based vendor declined in order to focus on its struggling smartphone business.
Earlier reports suggested that the Nexus 8 will be announced in late June at the annual Google I/O developer conference, where Google is also expected to take the wraps off of a new version of its mobile operating system, Android 4.5.