Is This the Nexus 8? Probably Not

There's a newIs This the Nexus 8? Probably Not e-Reading Hardware banner image up over on Android.com, and some are saying that it could be Google's next tablet, which they're calling the Nexus 8. I'm not so sure.

The image, which you can see below, shows a woman holding an unlabeled and unidentified tablet while sitting in a coffee shop.

Ars Technica posted the image earlier today, and they are arguing that since Google isn't known for posting fake images this must be Google's next tablet.

While this is a generic page for Android, Google has never used "fake" or generic devices in promotional material before. In fact, just above this picture is a girl holding a Nexus 7. We have seen Google leak their own devices like this before: the Nexus 5 was first spotted in an official video from Google, where an employee was casually filming the KitKat statue with it. If you thought the Nexus news grind was over, think again! We'll keep our eyes peeled for more on this one.

As you might know, there haven't even been any rumors of such a device, much less evidence that it exists, so I tend to think they are reading too much into it.

Look closely and tell me what you notice about the screen:

Is This the Nexus 8? Probably Not e-Reading Hardware
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It looks to me like it is a really bad photoshop job; the screen image doesn't line up with the bezels on the tablet.

And I'm not the only one who says that; there are commenters both in Ars' comment section and in the original post at The Verge that are saying the same thing. One has even gone so far as to say that this looks more like a screen image from a phone than from a tablet, but I'm not sure that's true. The 6 section buttons near the top suggest that the screenshot came from a larger screen; on a phone they would be stacked vertically in 2 columns.

I don't think this is the nexus 8, but what do you think?

Update: It looks like I missed a detail. Phone Arena posted a "leaked" product render in July that they had been told belonged to the Asus nexus 8. It looks a lot like the one shown above, and that means that the above image (bad photoshop job and all) could be Google's next tablet. Thanks, Manoj!

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

3 Comments

  1. fjtorres2 November, 2013

    She is touching the lower bezel, which is wider than the other three and has stenciled pics, which in turn suggests a phablet as current android tablets are generally symmetric. But that looks too big for a phablet, right?
    Looks more like a photo shop job, maybe a scaled up phone with a chunk of tablet screen.

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  2. Manoj3 November, 2013

    http://www.phonearena.com/news/Did-the-Google-Nexus-8-tablet-just-get-its-Bluetooth-Certification_id48752

    Not sure if it is a Photoshop blunder or a classic Google leak. But there was a rumor about the so called nexus 8.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder3 November, 2013

      That post is speculation, not a rumor. But the one it linked to from July shows a product render that looks a lot like the one Google used in this banner image.
      http://www.phonearena.com/news/Rumors-of-a-Nexus-8-joining-the-lineup-in-the-fall-seem-too-baseless-for-us_id45280

      If there is a Nexus 8 then that device will be it, yes.

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