Google's next Nexus tablet has become a subject of intense discussion even before its launch. Firstly, the tablet's hardware is highly expected to be supplied by Taiwan-based HTC this time around as opposed to Asus which supplied the Nexus 7 hardware.
Secondly, HTC is said to be working on a brand new 8.9in tablet tentatively termed HTC Volantis, and the Taiwan-based company also has a 'mystery event' scheduled for 8 October during which the next Nexus tablet iteration is expected to officially see the light of day.
Now, according to a new report, the next Nexus tab is expected to be called Nexus 8. The tablet is also expected to feature Google's recently unveiled Android L operating system straight out of the box.
The latest report adds meat to an earlier report that apparently confirms the existence of a next-gen HTC Nexus tablet and the Nvidia Tegra K1 processor that this tablet supposedly incorporates.
If Google Nexus 8 does officially launch with Android L out of the box, the latest mobile OS will certainly be the star attraction within the tablet.
Also, the Nexus 8 is rumoured to feature a 64-bit Intel Moorefield processor clocked at 2.33GHz, rather than the conventional Qualcomm Snapdragon processors that the Nexus 7 sports.
The other hardware aspects have not surfaced at this point in time, but going by earlier rumours, the HTC Nexus 8 is expected to feature an 8in display as is evident by its assumed nomenclature and run Google's Android L out of the box.
The tablet will in all probability be driven by the Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, with 2GB of RAM onboard. An 8MP rear camera and a 3MP front camera are also expected to adorn the device.
Also, the tablet, codenamed HTC Volantis, is slated to be sold commercially in two storage variants: 16GB and 32GB.
As of now, the pricing details of the new Nexus tablet are yet to go official, but various HTC Nexus 8 prototypes were earlier in the year spotted at an Indian import-export portal, and as per the portal, the Nexus 8 prototype units had a price tag of INR 16,649 (£168, $273).
Considering the above aspect, prospective buyers of the tablet can expect a competitive price tag on the HTC Nexus 8 tablet.
Google's earlier Nexus tablet, Nexus 7, was developed by Asus.
Currently, Google has not issued any official statement regarding the launch of its next-gen Nexus tablet.