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So far this year we’ve seen numerous leaks pointing to the release of two Nexus phones (an LG Nexus 5 and Huawei Nexus 6), however there has been little evidence of substance suggesting that any new Nexus tablets would launch in 2015, until today.
The images from a Chinese source show a dummy unit of an as yet unreleased tablet which they claim is a new Nexus tablet to be released this year.
The first picture shows the back panel next to a ruler. The device measures roughly 200 mm in length which puts this as being an 8″ tablet with a 4:3 ratio and so it would most likely (if accurate) be branded as the Nexus 8.
The body is apparently made from entirely metal (not just the sides like the Nexus 9) which would be a first for a Nexus tablet. The second image also appears to show a speaker grill on the side of the device which would suggest a departure from the preferred front-facing setup sported by both the Nexus 10 and Nexus 9.
This leak comes shortly after the following Geekbench results were posted with the device model labeled “Nexus 8”. These results list a 1.3GHz octa-core processor which strongly suggests that the device is not featuring a Qualcomm SoC as most modern Qualcomm chips have higher CPU clock speeds.
The cohesion between the two separate reports adds weight to the story but it should be noted that Geekbench results can be faked relatively easily. Additionally, it does seem surprising that Google (and the OEM partner) would manage to keep a Nexus tablet so well under wraps for this long, especially given how much has already been uncovered about the upcoming Nexus phones. With both of those points in mind, we’d take the lot with a pinch of salt.
Source: Padnews (Chinese)