Google and HTC is reportedly preparing a 8.9-inch tablet dubbed as "Nexus 8" that will a high-profile tablet, going toe-to-toe with Apple's iPad Air.

Google may be eying the high-end tablet market to take on the 9.7-inch iPad Air and larger screen Windows 8 tablets. According to HIS technology, Google and HTC have been working on the Nexus 8 with 8.9-inch screen since last February.

According to a recent report, the mass production of the Nexus 8 would start in July or August. As usual, the volume will be lower that we have already seen that with the Nexus range. It will be a high-end device and would cost higher than $299, reported by CNET.

HTC’s Nexus 8 wouldn’t replace the current Nexus tablet lineup, but would co-exist with them. The two tablets are designed for traditional consumers, however, the product developed by HTC would indeed be a premium device, exclusively dedicated to those who’re looking for superior design and specs. Being designed by the Taiwanese manufacturer, it could have an aluminum body and BoomSound speaker technology.

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Talking about other features, it’s likely to include an Intel 64-bit (Moorefield) processor, a 2K resolution display and Android 4.5 operating system.

See Also: Google to introduce Nexus 8 and Android 4.5 in July

The next iteration of Nexus tablet by HTC is expected to arrive in stores by the end of this year. However, both Google and THC hasn’t confirmed the existence of such product. Additionally, another is suggesting that Google will also release a 2014 edition of the Nexus 7, which clearly indicates all the Nexus 8 would co-exist with the current Nexus lineup.

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