Nexus 8One of the most highly anticipated devices of 2014 is the Google Nexus 8 tablet, which is expected to supersede the oft-criticized 2013 Nexus 7. While so far only existing thanks to countless rumours, including code snippets and production leaks, the case for a Nexus 8 grows dimmer with every mention of the Android Silver line of devices replacing the Nexus line. Even so, when a mystery device pops up on the Google I/O website one month ahead of the actual event, we can’t help but wonder if this is a sneak peek of the Nexus 8.

As you can see above, there is an unmarked tablet shown being used as part of an exhibit, though which manufacturer it comes from is up for discussion. It’s notable that the device seems to be running an older version of Android, given away by the coloured Wi-Fi and battery icons, so it’s not a perfect fit for the latest and greatest from Google just yet. Still, if it’s not the Nexus 8, we’d love to know what tablet that is if somebody can identify it. UPDATE: The device has been unanimously identified as the Nexus 10 being used in portrait mode.

What do you think about the mystery tablet in the photo? Do you think it is the Nexus 8? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.

Source: Google via Phone Arena

  • Jack Parker

    It looks awful :(

  • daveloft

    Lol, grasping at straws for more news of a Nexus 8 aren’t we. That’s a Nexus 10 which was released in late 2012. I’d expect an Android blog be able to pick that out and not just blindly post Nexus rumors.

    • Stephen Yuen

      Everyone gets a bit excited close to Google I/O 😉

  • Nightfall

    It’s the Nexus 10 guys. This is kind of embarrassing…

    • Stephen Yuen

      It would have been more embarassing if we were the source of the rumour. But you’re right, we should have picked that up :(

  • mrpete987

    The “oft-criticized” Nexus 7 2013? I feel like this tablet was one of the most critically acclaimed devices in recent memory…

    • Stephen Yuen

      It definitely as acclaimed when it was originally released, but since then I’ve heard nothing but bad stories about reliability and hardware issues. I guess it depends who you talk to really; both Nexus 7s have had their fair share of issues.

      • mrpete987

        Well, I happen to own one and have had great luck with it. I’ve used it daily for months and it functions as well as the day I got it. I guess I’m a lucky one, then.

        • Stephen Yuen

          Oh ditto, still got my 2012 Nexus 7 too :) We’re definitely some of the lucky ones though…

        • FILA

          I also have the 2013 Nexus & and Ive had pretty good luck with it. One downside thou, I think I got one where the NFC is broke. Mine never worked, but I dont do any NFC tapping with it anyway so Im ok with it. To much of a fuss to send it back to ASUS