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Report: HTC Wins Contract to Produce High-End Nexus Tablet Later This Year

Up until we have started to hear all of these rumors about HTC’s upcoming M8 device, the news surrounding the company has been a little dark. Earlier today, we heard that HTC’s plans for this upcoming year are big ones, which could include wearables alongside a new device. The plans could be even bigger than we thought, with a new report suggesting that HTC could make the next Nexus tablet. 

The report comes from Focus Taiwan and suggests that HTC is the company that has “won orders for a high-end model of the Google Nexus tablet that will begin shipping in the third quarter of 2014.” This is not the first rumor we have heard regarding the maker of the next Nexus tablet. Samsung, Asus and other companies have all been names that have been floating around for a few months now, but nothing is solid with any of them.

The last Nexus device that HTC molded was the Nexus One way back in January of 2010, so getting back into the game would be a long time coming for them.

If HTC produces the M8, a Nexus tablet, and a wearable this year, would they be competitive in the market again?

Via: BGR | Focus Taiwan
  • Jordan

    I’m still waiting for the high end nexus tablet from last year

  • Brian Walz

    I don’t have a reason why I don’t like this, I just don’t.

  • alzeis

    Its great to see HTC finally headed in the right direction.

  • Erstam

    Very interested in this!

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Sweet. Very good news.

  • Al-Burrit0

    HTC N8? :p

  • Adam B

    Does “high-end” mean a higher price point than the usual Nexus tablet?

    • Patrick Crumpler

      I hope so. Would be nice to see Google persue more premium quality products. Chromebooks especially

      • hkklife

        The Pixel is overpriced garbage. Google badly needs a more compelling Chromebook offering but I was thinking more like in the $300-$400 range. A backlit keyboard, 1600×900 or 1920×1080 14″ screen would be steps in the right direction.

        • Patrick Crumpler

          Pixel is too pricey to me. But give me a solid $700 chromebook like the lenovo yoga pad

      • [A]dri[A]n

        The only reason the Nexus line is so popular is because the devices are relatively cheap. If this tablet has a high end price attached to it, it won’t do very well.

      • Jacob Samples

        What’re you talking about? Have you not seen the Pixel from Google?

  • Feed Jake

    As much as I love the design of the One, it would be way to heavy to make a tablet out of the unibody aluminum. But if you could do something similar with plastic, sort of like the DNA, I think it’d be amazing. With all the Nexus rumors flying around, it’s good to see rumors of Google partnering with more manufacturers.

    • Chris

      Look at the iPad air.

      • Feed Jake

        Shhhh. This is droid-life. We don’t mention ithings here, haha.
        I really think the ipad line is too heavy for comfortable long term use. Even the air. Just personal preference, but I should be able to hold it up while reading for a very long time.

    • James Walker

      I have to disagree for the same reason that Chris brought up, the iPad air. I personally prefer larger screens, and would definitely want a 10″ tablet. But i also wanted to take my tablet on the go, so i was considering a 7″. Apple came out with the Air and i scoffed at their so called ‘innovation’. But when i put my hands on one and felt how light, thin, small it was compared to the 4th gen iPad, i was sold and i bought one. I think that it is way past due for a manufacturer to provide a high quality, beastly tablet that is lightweight like the Air, and (being an HTC fan) i hope that this is what they deliver.

      • Patrick Crumpler

        Got the iPad Mini with retina. Great little tablet. Doesn’t feel cheap either. Probably because it wasn’t. But if Google made an equally nice nexus, I’d get it instantly. Sony makes the best feeling Android tablets to me.

    • Google would probably use the same materials as Nexus 5 & Nexus 7.

  • hyperbeatser

    can we all please recall Tim’s point of how unwieldy the One Max is? I don’t want to know what an HTC Nexus tablet will be like….

    • Chris

      Thats last years one max.

  • Chris

    Would be interesting to see what HTC can cook up after their last three failed attempts at tablets.

    I used to own the Jet-stream. didn’t have service, just wifi and it was a nice tablet but too many things were wrong with it:

    1. The special tablet centric Sense UI was horrible.
    2. Screen resolution and the PPI were low.
    3. The device it self was a bit on the slow side for 2011.
    4. Times have changed but for late 2011/early 2012 you had very little to choose from regarding tablet apps.
    5. A little bit on the bulky side

    If HTC can build a solid tablet based off their one line but under the nexus brand, i could see my self buying it.

    • hkklife

      As bad as the Jetstream was…the Evo View/Flyer was even worse, I can assure you!

  • dcdttu

    Q3??? I need a new tablet NOW

    • Chris

      More time to work on it, rather then have a rushed product.

    • JMonkeYJ

      Nexus 7 always comes out Q3 🙂 Waiting does suck, but the 2013 N7 is holding up way better than the 2012 one did.

  • Bigwavedave25

    Could this be the beginning of HTC and on screen nav buttons? I’m all in!!

  • NickAVV

    I’m still rocking a Nexus 7 (2012) for my tablet duties. This may be my next

  • Disqus_n00b

    Does “high end” mean 10 inches? If this is the direct successor to the N7, I might just wait…of course 3Q now means “November” ugh

  • Lee Sandy

    Thanks for reporting this Eric. I hope it’s true.

  • BIG CAT #7

    Awesome!!! Bring on the Nexus 10 32GB with SD card support and I am all in!!!

  • jonzey231

    This makes me not want to buy a Nexus 5 because maybe they;ll also get the deal to make the nexus Nexus phone too and I’ve wanted a modern Moto or HTC Nexus ever since the Gnex. I was going to place the order for my N5 today at some time too….shit.

  • John Legere

    So Nexus 10 is abandoned?

    I’m down for an HTC tablet. 2K display, SD805, 32/64/128?, I’d be all over it.

    • Chris

      Not necessary.

      It could be called the Nexus 10. HTC would be the maker. Its like Asus making the Nexus 7, but no where is it branded Asus or the Nexus 5 and LG. No where is it branded as a LG device.

      • John Legere

        They are all branded with Nexus and the maker. Nexus 2012 and 2013 had Asus on the back, and same with the Nexus 4/5, had LG on the back.

  • reyalP

    Boom “Shakalaka” speakers and Nexus tablet = the new age ghetto blaster!

  • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

    HTC 1*0*?? 😀

  • VERY kind of Google. They really do support their partners.

  • wolfedude88

    Still waiting on this, lol

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Meh. I want a Nexus Phone from HTC. I’m still inlove with the Nexus One design. **searches ebay**

    • flosserelli

      Agreed. The Nexus One is a timeless design. I wish I hadn’t sold mine 🙁
      If HTC released an updated version with a modern SoC, <5" display and 4G, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

  • Philip J. Fry

    HTC making a nexus tablet? I’m in.

    • KingofPing

      You better believe it.

      I’m hoping for an 8 inch (that’s what she said). I figure an SD 805 should be cheap enough by then, right?

      (…or am I dreaming?)

      • John Legere

        10in or no go

        • KingofPing

          Got one. …and a 7.

          Now I need an 8.

        • charesa39

          ^^THIS^^ I was holding out for a while for the next Nexus 10 to replace my TouchPad. I caved and jumped on the Nexus 7 (2013) deal last week. Still want a new N10 though. For now, my new N7 is good enough…for now…

          • Keith Taylor

            Still got my touchpad..Love using it to get full website experience. That and my Xoom are OG….lol

  • Matt G

    A Nexus tablet with Boomsound speakers? Sold.

    • wolfedude88

      Like this?

      • John Legere

        It’s burning my eyes! Get it out of here! !

      • Jordan

        If they killed that black bezel all together(within reason, G2 is a good example) & just had the speakers & screen… I’d buy one in a heart beat.

      • KingofPing

        Ouch. That is fugly. Hopefully they do a bit more than just stretch the darned One.

      • Matt G

        That looks like it could be the HTC One Maxx Maxx

        • flosserelli

          HTC One “Magnum”

        • Jacob Samples

          HTC Maxi Pad

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Think this was a hack job by some other company last year

        • Chris

          Yeah it was actually a Chinese made Android tablet HTC One clone type deal

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        came here for this. Was not disappointed

    • Kevin

      *cough* Nexus 10

      • Blue Sun

        That is exactly why I’m not holding my breath on this one. How many times have I read that the Nexus 10.2 would be Samsung, no Asus, no LG in the last 8 months.

        • michael arazan

          I’m Effing sold. I’ll give my old N 7 to my bro and buy this. I’m sot usually a sucker for a device, but I really want loud front speakers

    • MistaButters

      They would have to mount them so your hands don’t sit right on top when holding it in landscape.

  • Tony Byatt
  • Seth Merritt

    Q3? Is I/O getting pushed back this year?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Technically July is Q3, and not to mention Google always has 2 events yearly so it fits either time frame

      • Seth Merritt

        Yeah looks like it did take awhile last year after I/O for them to start selling/shipping.

    • John Legere

      Speaking of I/O, i wonder when tickets go on sale. Got $300 set aside.

  • htowngtr

    Please have LTE

    • ferrari187

      Lol its funny that this is actually a possibility

    • r0l

      I would imagine (hope?) it’ll have the same options as the Nexus 7.

    • Blue Sun

      Why wouldn’t the Nexus tablet have an LTE antenna?

  • Plerisei

    It will be a beast!

  • JBartcaps

    They have made a total of 1 Android Tablet? Let’s see what they can do.

    • Kevin

      I think they made three.

      • JBartcaps

        Were they all variations of the Flyer or different tablets? Either way I would like to see what kind of design they come up with.

        • Alex Coldstone Simon

          Jeystream was 10inch flyer was 7inch

          • hans

            yup and the flyer was really awesome. I don’t know why samsung gets the credit for phablets when HTC did it a long time before them

          • Alex Coldstone Simon

            I really enjoyed mine while I had it. Then I got a nexus.

        • Chris

          They had that POS called the Jetstream.