Google to work with HTC on new Nexus devices?

Rumours of a new Google Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 8 tablet have started to emerge online, although details of both are pretty vague at the moment.

One aspect that many analysts are sure of, however, is that Taiwanese firm HTC will be manufacturer of choice for both of these new devices.

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The first of the two new devices is tipped to be a budget Nexus 6 smartphone costing less than sub-$100 to rival the Motorola Moto G.

Some analysts predict that the budget version will be called "Nexus 6 Lite" or "Nexus 6 Mini" and released alongside a flagship model.

Such a low price could be achievable if Google uses MediaTek processors and Asian technology website suggests this is what's currently expected.

MediaTek is a Taiwanese chip manufacturer and the producer of quad-core processors that can be found in many low- to mid-range Android handsets.

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It's also expected that HTC will be replacing LG as the firm selected to produce the new Nexus smartphone in conjunction with Google.

However, an HTC One-esque design is unlikely given the rumoured price. October has also been penned as the likely release date of the upcoming device.

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It's also rumoured that Google will work with HTC to manufacture a new, 8-inch Nexus 8 tablet, although very few details have emerged regarding its specifications.

What we have seen said so far is that Google tried to recruit HTC to produce previous Nexus tablets, but the Taiwanese firm refused to focus on its smartphone business.

Like the Nexus 6, the Nexus 8 is expected to be released in Q3 of 2014.

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by Max Langridge

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.