Google Sneaks in Seemingly Larger 8-Inch Nexus Device on KitKat Site

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Google's brewing something mysterious, and if we had to guess, we'd say the unidentified Android device that appears in KitKat promotional materials is an unannounced Nexus 8 tablet. You can spot the sleek tablet on the "Apps & Entertainment" portion of Google's Android website, where a young woman is shown holding the device and browsing Google Play in a cafe or coffee shop.

The side bezels appear slightly thinner than a 2013 Nexus 7 (see our review), and while an argument could be made that it only looks that way because of the slight angle the device is being held at, the top and bottom bezels are also clearly smaller, which leads us to believe it's a different device.

Nexus 8
Possible first look at a Nexus 8 tablet.

Another alternative is that Google Photoshopped the device's display and screwed up the proportions when doing so, but that seems unlikely. We're also skeptical that Google would show off a 2014 Nexus 7 this early, as the 2013 edition was released just three months ago.

Nexus 7
Notice the bigger bezels on the top and bottom of the Nexus 7 shown above.

Given what we can tell about the size -- it's definitely smaller than a Nexus 10 -- it seems highly probably that Google is showing off a Nexus 8 or maybe even a Nexus 8.9 to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9
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HanyangXu replied on Mon, Nov 4 2013 11:41 AM

Google could be dangerously venturing into the territory of product cannibalism if this device is real...but my guess is that it's just a bad photoshop :P

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ajm531 replied on Mon, Nov 4 2013 4:56 PM

I dont know how bad the cannibalism would be. It would depend a lot on googles marketing. Amazon hasnt had this problem. They've actually had pretty good success with all the 3 or 4 different sized models. But i like the bezels but im hoping its a bad photoshop it looks to much like a ipad mini

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